As next chapters go, Jack Gilinsky is opening his with a forcible bang. Chameleonic is one word to describe the talents of the LA-based singer-songwriter, who until recently was famed for being half of the multiplatinum pop duo Jack & Jack. But now, Gilinsky is stepping out on his own, confidently navigating these uncertain times, and with a laser-eyed focus on what will no doubt be a verdant solo career.
His debut single “My Love” featuring Houston disrupter Don Toliver, which debuted earlier this month, has already drawn droves of fan acclaim – an addictive pop-R&B hybrid, showcasing vocals which oscillate between playful rap and his impressive falsetto.
And in the sensual close-shot visuals, filmed entirely in isolation, fans are invited to roll around in the sheets with Gilinsky. He later has a bubble bath and cuts shapes in his garden.
We caught up with the singer-songwriter below and talked about his new solo career and future acting ambitions…
Hi Jack, how have you been? How are you finding this lockdown period is influencing your creative process?
I’ve been great, really excited to get my music out and everything rolling. Being in quarantine has definitely influenced my creative process. I find that I’m learning more songs than I ever have before on guitar and piano. Which is bettering my general playing of both of those instruments. I haven’t been writing too much just because I don’t have a studio to go to in Nebraska. I’m taking a bunch of voice notes of melodies that I think of randomly so when I get back home I can start with some ideas in the studio. This lockdown is definitely forcing me to be more creative than I usually have to be in LA, where I have every resource I could possibly dream of at my fingertips.
Congratulations on your first solo single – what were the biggest challenges in creating it?
One of the biggest challenges for me was finding who I was as a solo artist. Identifying my own influences and inspirations so I could create something I’m truly proud of. Once I established what kind of vibe I was going for in the first release, it was honestly pretty easy putting the pieces together. The most challenging part of it all was preparing for a release in quarantine. I never would’ve expected to shoot my debut solo video by myself with the help of just my friend Josh and my parents, but it was a cool experience that i will never forget.
How has it been embracing this next solo chapter of your music career?
It’s been easy embracing this next solo chapter of my career. I’m having a lot of fun doing the creative behind my whole first wave of content. It’s fun to show exactly who you are as an artist and to have your own profile. I’m really looking forward to continuing my growth as a solo artist and introducing myself to a world of people who don’t know who I am.