Seth Hilary Jackson recently released his outstanding debut album entitled “This One’s For You”. The album showcases a sound that is refreshing and passionate, while the content of the music remains entirely relatable and hard hitting. Versatile vocals shine through alluring acoustic guitar-work, masterful lead electric guitar, while a wildly groovy rhythm section adds undeniable character to each track. This makes for a wildly diverse and lively musical experience. The artist not only acts as a unique innovator; but he also effectively channels his deep, emotive, and resonating vision through an impressive command of the country, folk, pop, rock, and alternative genres. To be more precise, Seth’s overall sound is an amazingly varied fusion of these aforementioned genres. Each song covers a range of topics from silly love songs to songs about personal struggles and social/political issues. Read our full review here.
Check out “Broken Promised Land”:
We were so impressed by the creativity and thoughtfulness showcased within his newest album, that we just had to learn more about this incredible artist. Seth was kind enough to take the time to answer some of our questions.
I love how you manage to render your tracks so personal and immersive. Does the melody come first, or do you focus on the beat the most?
SHJ: The process varies for each song. I usually start with a concept of what I want to write about, and from there, I come up with a title. Sometimes the melodic hook comes next and then the lyric. Other times, I go right to the lyric before writing the music. It’s not that black-and-white, though, because while I’m writing a lyric, I have a meter in mind that eventually becomes part of the music. I more or less write the melody, chords, and rhythm all together.
Do you perform live? If so, do you feel more comfortable on a stage or within the walls of the recording studio?
SHJ: I love to play live even though I’m not the most polished performer. A lot of my performances have been at songwriter nights where the main focus is on the song itself. That creates a fun, relaxed environment. If I happen to make a mistake, nobody cares. That allows me a lot of freedom to express myself. The studio is harder because I have to try to get it as perfect as possible while still keeping the emotion. It can take a while.
If you could only pick one song to make a “first impression” on a new listener, which song would you pick and why?
SHJ: That’s always a hard question. Sometimes, I’ll be at a writers’ night where I only get to perform 3 songs. I’ll spend time agonizing over which 3 to pick. The same thing happens when I pitch songs to music industry people. A lot of times they’ll say, “Let me hear your best 3 songs.” I don’t know what my best 3 songs are. It varies depending on my mood and who I’m pitching to. As an artist, my style is eclectic and covers a wide range from country love songs, political songs, alternative rock, and novelty songs that makes people laugh. Depending on my mood and the audience, I might either pick, “Broken Promise Land”, “This One’s For You”, or “If Love Had a Butt”.
What does it take to be “innovative” in music?
SHJ: I usually don’t think in those terms while I’m writing for myself as an artist, I just write what I feel like writing. It’s different from when I’m writing commercial songs to pitch to other artists. That kind of writing requires paying attention to commercial trends. If possible, you try to anticipate the trend to keep just slightly ahead of the curve. It’s a tough thing to do. Writing for myself is liberating. Innovativeness just happens because I’m not trying to fit into a particular style. I’m just being me.
Any upcoming release or tour your way?
SHJ: I just released my first album, “This One’s For You. I haven’t even begun to think about the next one. I’d love do a tour, although I have a lot to learn about putting one together. It would help to have a booking agent.
Anywhere online where curious fans can listen to your music and find out more about you?
SHJ: The best place to go for information about me is my official website, www.sethhilaryjackson.com. My music is also available on Spotify, Amazon, iTunes, and the other usual suspects. You can also find me on Twitter (@songdude), ReverbNation (sethhilaryjackson), and Facebook (sethhilaryjackson). I’d love to have you connect with me!
I’m honored that you chose to interview me, and I really appreciate it. Thank you!
“This One’s For You” oozes with integrity, musical ambition, and fearless creativity. This release is definitely a trend-setter and sets an unbelievably high standard for artists hoping to break through into the scene. We thank Mr. Jackson for his time and thoughtful responses.
We highly recommend you check out this album. We rate it a MUST LISTEN!
Please support/like/share Seth Hilary Jackson on:
Official Website: www.sethhilaryjackson.com New album “This One’s For You” can be found here.