Q&A Scene: Jack Howard
Brief interview with Jack Howard in the lead-up to the release of his The Passing Parade EP.
Author: Mandy Hall, What’s My Scene.
Date: 8 February 2016.
Original URL: http://whatsmyscene.com/qa-scene-jack-howard/
Tell us about your new single?
The Passing Parade is a 6-track EP recorded in my home studio, The Bungalow. The songs were originally intended as demos but they sounded so good that I decided to release it as is.
What’s your favourite work at this point in time?
Always the latest record. And I love my bands, The Long Lost Brothers and the Bacharach band, The Ambassadors Of Love.
Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
My unsurpassable favourite memory is from the day that the H & C horn section flew vertiginously in a helicopter though the Swiss Alps, landed side stage and walked straight out to play with Midnight Oil to 10,000 Swiss punters.
What, or who, inspires you?
I just find it amazing to see and hear all of the musos around Melbourne, out and about playing every weekend, from the smallest corner bar to the stadiums. Everyone so passionate and committed. Lucky to be making a buck. It’s fantastic!
Which song do you wish you wrote?
99 Luft Balloons.
How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Imagine a 3-course meal at Cicciolina – oysters, eye fillet, sticky date pudding, finished off with a single malt whiskey. Rich, full of flavour. Feel free to leave a tip.
What’s next for you?
A variety of shows with a variety of bands, followed by a secret plan that I’m scheming for the middle of the year. Very hush hush.
What’s your scene?
St. Kilda by night.
About Jack Howard
Jack Howard has been making music all his life. From the early days of playing in orchestras and musicals to the great adventure of Hunters and Collectors; from performing with Rodriguez, Midnight Oil, The Living End and You Am I to jumping up at the local bar on most weekends around St. Kilda; from releasing CDs with his mighty band, The Long Lost Brothers and his great Bacharach outfit to being the go-to trumpet man for shows all over town, Jack has covered an enormous amount of musical ground.