Getting To Know... Ballin' Jacks

Following on from the release of their highly-praised single 'Life's A Gas Leak' earlier this year, London-based outfit Ballin' Jacks return once again with their groove-laden new effort 'Tunnel Vision'.

Continuing their pursuit of smooth and driven 70s-inspired indie-rock fuzz, 'Tunnel Vision' makes for a wonderfully captivating listen. Filled with sweeping tones, uplifting textures, and endearing hooks layered throughout, these guys look set for big things in the months to come.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has been inspiring them most recently.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

Probably the piano, but as all I wanted to do was sing songs I gravitated towards the guitar as it was much easier to sound at least okay.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

There was always music on in my house growing up, I remember Elvis, Ray Charles and Hank Williams most prominently.

What was the first album you remember owning?

The first one I remember being obsessed with is Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. I’m sure I owned plenty before that but that’s what comes to mind.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

There are so many! Crazy by Willie Nelson?

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Not particularly, it would probably be helpful to be honest. I don’t feel I have too much control over it, it just seems to happen when it happens.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Surprise Chef, Charlie Crockett, Ted Hawkins.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I don’t know really. If Alabama Shakes were to go out on the road again that would be amazing, they are one of the best live acts I’ve ever seen.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

The first sensation of a fresh idea probably.

And what is the most frustrating part?

Not coming up with any fresh ideas!

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Enjoy yourself.


Ballin' Jacks' new single 'Tunnel Vision' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.