We had the good fortune of connecting with Jack Charles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jack, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Fear is there to be faced. When you run from fear it has already possessed you. Art in general has been culturally pigeonholed as a risky endeavor. Therefore, to become the artist is one of the greatest acts of courage. It comes down to one question: will you follow the fear that risk ignites and bury the artist? My answer is absolutely not.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My voice definitely sets me apart. In a world of squeaky-clean pop singers my low, gravely baritone is unusual. Hence the “dark crooner” nickname. You could say that my singing voice is as alternative as the music I write, which I refer to as genre-fluid. It’s been difficult for me to categorize my style of music (a good thing, in my mind), but it’s somewhere between alt rock, synth pop, art rock and post-punk. I’m particularly proud of my lyrics, my band (Musical Partners In Crime) and the people that have understood and supported my musical project. My passions are music, film, painting and theater, which I’ve experienced throughout my life and are all being channelled into my work. One thing I’ve learned? Be it, don’t dream it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There is a global pandemic going on at this moment, so I would recommend that when it is safe to do so and you visit Austin there are three things you should do. Enjoy some live music at a venue in the Red River cultural district after some barbecue at Stubb’s, visit the state capitol, swim in the Barton Spring pool!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate my shoutout to punk rock, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen. Each, in their own way, taught me that an oddball like me had a place in the human constellation.