In 2021, Jack Saunders came to the Antix Recording Studio in Weymouth and recorded his second single “My Mistake”, which went on to receive over 40,000 streams on Spotify.
In between times, Jack Saunders has spent the summer of 2022 performing around the South West, notably Flashback Festival, and supporting Dave Woan at his album launch party in The Emporium.
Today, we’re promoting his third single, also recorded with Antix Music Network, called “Next To You”.
Frazer; Hey Jack, seems weird doing an interview like this as we chat a lot on messenger! How excited are you to release Next To You?
Jack Saunders; Hey Frazer, yeah right It feels weird talking so formally now! But obviously very excited to be back talking to you! I can’t begin to describe how excited I am for people to hear “Next To You”; I think when you’re promoting a song that’s 30 days from release, you don’t really feel that much excitement. But now that it’s out, it feels like Christmas!
Frazer; From a production side of things, this felt quite similar to My Mistake, in terms of structure, and instruments. Did you draw influence from your second single with this one, or where there more influences thrown in? How did this song come about?
Jack; Yeah definitely, I think it was very similar to the second single in the sense of going into the studio with not many ideas for the song apart from the odd bit here and there; and then once you start to get into the swing of things, you get this big wave of creativity and soon it’s all about just putting the pieces of the jigsaw together! “My Mistake” was kind of like a display of what type of songs you can expect to hear from me, and “Next To You” was just a continuation of that.
It was also a chance to show my evolution as a songwriter in a way. “My Mistake” was written when I was 18/19 where as “Next To You” was written this year at age 23. I usually write songs in the notes section of my phone; however I downloaded this app called demo, which helped me structure the song a bit more and to be honest it probably played a part in the song being written in 20 minutes! I drew some inspiration towards the end, from a song called “Dani California”. There’s a guitar harmony in there that I’ve always wanted to replicate in my own way, and that’s what I did in the last chorus of “Next To You”, and I think it does a good job of building up that chorus and ending it with a bang!!
Frazer; So let’s take a step back to your second single My Mistake. 40,000 views. That’s an incredible achievement. Are you feeling the pressure with your third single?
Jack; Absolutely, and I’m so so proud of what the song has achieved! I recall saying to you that it was going to be big, but I don’t think any of us could have predicted it would be quite that big! In regard to “Next To You”; I would love it to be bigger than my previous release, however I’m proud of what I’ve created and I personally feel like it’s a step forward for me regardless if it gets 10 views or 10,000. Obviously I would LOVE for it to be the latter, but as long as people enjoy the song then that’s all what matters to me.
Frazer; So what’s the future for you as an artist - 3 singles in, and we’re drawing to towards the end of the festival gigging season. What does 2023 hold for you?
Jack; The plan is to FINALLY release this long awaited album that I’ve been teasing! The original plan was an E.P, but I’ve got so many songs in my catalogue that I think It would be more fun to release them all at once! So definitely an album, hopefully ticking off more venues on my musical bucket list and mainly just making sure all of my shows in 2023 are bigger and better than any of my shows from 2022.
Frazer; Best of luck Jack, I hope your next single is as much of a success, and hope to see you in the studio again soon!
Jack; You can expect to see me again in the near future! Thank you for all your amazing hard work again Frazer, and thank you to everyone who continues to support me! See you all soon! 💙
Frazer Mitchell - Producer, DJ, and Events Coordinator at Antix Music Network