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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Jackpot, Tiger

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Photo by Christina Schneider

Jackpot, Tiger is comprised of Eryck Tait, Claire McGinley, Alex Kahn and Kevin McGinley, and makes bubblegum pop out of Brooklyn, N.Y.. The band released its sophomore self-titled album on May 13.

Unlike the band’s debut album¬†Chemistry Night (2012), which was recorded in just three days, Jackpot, Tiger took nearly two years to complete. The band recorded back and forth between Moon Lab Studios in Brooklyn and Frisbie Studios in New York, NY.

Both albums are available for purchase and streaming on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Jackpot, Tiger…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
We live in Brooklyn, NY. We like to play music and eat pizza and tacos.

How long have you been making music?
We have been making music for almost four years. The band started as a threesome and then turned into a fivesome, but as we stand now, as a foursome, we have been together three years.

Who/what are your influences?
The four of us have pretty different influences, which gives us a unique perspective on making music collaboratively. Our influences range from the Steve Malkmus¬†’90’s vibe, to jazz from the ’40s, to indie rock from the 2000s, and singer-songwriters from the ’70s. When you add that to being influenced by our own lives and our own friend’s bands it makes for an exciting combo.

What is your favorite song on the new album and why?
This album is deeply personal and because we used such delicate care on each song it would be really difficult to pick a favorite. We did, however, choose the first song on the album, “Caught In Love,” as the single because it feels the most accessible to anybody who enjoys catchy, exciting music. And although the song was written by Alex, it features every member of the band in a super unique way.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We want to keep making awesome music. As musicians and artists, that’s all you can really ever plan for. The world can throw at you hurtles and opportunities, but the only thing you can do through it all is to keep making your art. So for us, the planning will come out of the opportunities that show themselves. Our plan is to keep rocking.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Well, Kevin is a chef, Alex is a studio manager and engineer at a recording studio, Eryck runs an art studio, and Claire is a teacher– so we certainly all have other hobbies and lives, but to play music with Jackpot, Tiger full time is the dream.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Our friends. Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, Boy Girl Party, BIG UPS, Flagland, Laser Background, Ghost & Goblin and tons of others. Being is a band in New York can be really difficult, you’re a tiny, tiny fish in a giant, giant pond. We have been super fortunate to find a super solid group of friends that we support and who support us. All of them are doing amazing things and we aspire to continue to do as they do. Also, Stevie Wonder.

Why do you make music?
Because music can touch your heart and soul in a way that words alone, or notes singularly cannot do. It’s the marriage of many notes and possibly with words on top of them that can reach deep down inside you and make you feel. There is no black and white answer to how or why you do it, you just do, because you feel you must, because you can.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We are really, really, excited to share our new album with you and we hope you love it! There is a ton of love that went into making it. Come to one of our shows sometime! We want to dance with you!

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