Duluth East grad heads for sound careerHe can usually be seen playing his guitar and singing at local coffee shops, gigs and the occasional park bench, but 18-year-old Jack Campbell is not just any beginner musician.
By: Sarah Alabsi, Duluth Budgeteer News
He can usually be seen playing his guitar and singing at local coffee shops, gigs and the occasional park bench, but 18-year-old Jack Campbell is not just any beginner musician.
He was lead singer of a band which signed to an indie label, won the local high school competition Battle of the Bands and released its own CD, all before he reached his senior year. Now, an incoming freshman at DePaul University in Chicago, Campbell has his sights on a big city music career.
At DePaul, Campbell will be studying sound recording technology.
“I want to write music for commercials,” he said. “It’ll also help me be able to record my own stuff.”
In the past, Jack has helped in the studio with the making of his songs. With his recent single “Absentee,” Campbell recruited the help of a musician from the Twin Cities named Brett Bullion. Bullion produced and mixed the single which is featured on Campbell’s A-side and B-side songs. Jeremy McCoy, touring bassist with the band The Fray, was also featured in the recording process.
In mid-July, Campbell released a music video for “Absentee,” filmed by Lakefront Films in the photo studio of Jack Rendulich photography.
“I wanted to do all the necessary parts of making a new release,” said Jack. “It is super helpful to make a music video.”
As for Chicago, Jack is planning on using DePaul to his advantage.
“I really want to use the studio at my school to record some stuff and play a lot of music,” he said.
Duluth to downtown Chicago is a bit of an environment change for Jack, though. The same goes for the music scene.
“It’s a lot more competitive and scary down there,” he said. “I’ll have to really try to get some shows.”
A frequent act at Homegrown, Jack hopes to return to the Northland for the musical festival in early May 2014.
“I’ll definitely still be in school, but I want to come back. It’s my favorite thing in Duluth all year.”
Free downloads of Jack Campbell’s music as well as information and social networking can be found on jackcampbell.bandcamp.com.