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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Bigfoot Wallace

Bigfoot Wallace Interview

Jon Hubbell began playing music in junior high with local classic rock band Chuck E. Baby and the Allstars. He has since grown to make his own music under the name Bigfoot Wallace.

Hubbell spends half the year studying contemporary writing and production at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and the other half at home in Chandler, Ariz. He released his first album Malleable on Bandcamp in May 2011 and has plans to release his second album this winter.

The Spec talked to Bigfoot Wallace about his future touring plans and “pro-golfing skills,” read what he had to say, below…

Who/what are your influences?
The early days of music were influenced heavily by post hardcore. Thrice, Thursday and Underoath were my top favorites. Lately however, I have been really inspired by the electronic artists. Son Lux, Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, St. Vincent, and James Blake are some artists that have really changed the way I listen to and write music.

How did you come up with your name?
My brother was reading a biography on an old frontiersman named Bigfoot Wallace. He was around in the late 1800s I believe. I don’t know much about him, but I do know a typical meal for him consisted of five pounds of bear meat, and that’s something to be proud of. Also, he had a cool name so I kind of just used it. Other than that, there isn’t much significance in the name.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I have a new album coming out. It should be available this winter. I’m very excited about it, and worked hard on it this past year. Some time following its release I will start performing more. Not much performing has taken place since my first album was released, but I hope to change that once the new one comes out!

What inspires your music?
I’m inspired by listening to other music. I know that doesn’t sound too out there, but when I hear something from a group or artist that stands out, I start getting ideas on what else that song can do.

Why do you make music?
I’m able to do it… so I just do it, and I love it. Mastering the ability takes practice for sure, but the fact that I have the means to practice is really beyond my control, and I’m thankful for that. Making music is really one big awesome privilege, whether it turns into a full-on career or just a hobby.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
Hmm. Well when I was 9 years old, I got a hole in one on a par 3. I was never any good at golfing, but somehow that happened. If I wasn’t doing music, I would harness my pro-golfing skills and hit the driving range.

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