Joe Jackson discusses her influences and future
Sloan Peterson (not to be confused with Sloane Peterson, Mia Sara’s character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) is the stage name of Joe Jackson. The Australian rocker creates a mixture of ’50s style guitar pop Elvis would be proud of and modern indie garage rock. With echoing reverb and swirling vocals, she is an artist that deserves volume.
Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Sloan Peterson is the second band formulated by the 23-year-old Jackson; nonetheless, she is not new to the scene. She built her taste up from involvement in the The Harbour City’s DIY art scene, recording music on her laptop, filming homemade music videos, and digging through dusty vinyl bins.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Jackson to discuss Sloan Peterson’s most recent material, learn how the band came together, and find out where she wants to be a year from now.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Hi im Sloany P
Where are you right now?
Sitting in my bed
Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Oscar Henfrey- Drums, Ben Croft- guitar, Jesse Lyleson- bass, best dance moves well I’d like to think I have the best dances on da stage but lately ben has been pulling some serious groooooveey moooooves
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
The EP was kinda years in the making. I worked with a whole lot of different people at different times, each time the songs developed more and more until they have become what they are now. The most recent producer we worked with was Chris Collins. He was super chill and awesome to work with we finished the last vocals off in LA at the studio he was working at there they had this teeny tiny kitten named ‘doggy,’ she was the sweetest angel I have ever met. I love kittens.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
This is legit the worst question people ask me haha I have no idea how to explain it and I always sound like a dick while trying to “ahh you know it’s like pop but ’60s pop but then kinda ’80s with punk elements oh and some doo wop” I think I legitimately said that last week…
How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
I met Jesse almost three years ago… he actually was watching me play in my old band Black Zeros and really liked it and we met and my bass player at the time for Black Zeros was in another project and had to quit we were about to go on tour so Jess became my bass player for that and so when the transition happened he really helped me out. Oscar I also met through Jesse because he drummed for him in this basement gig he plays each week, and we just got along super well… then I started seeing him walk his dog all the time in Newtown and we would always do the stop and chat so I asked him if he wanted to come play in my band and finally BenJAMIN, I met ben through another drummer friend when i was putting feelers out for a new guitarist and we met and we have never looked back..
Other than Sloan Peterson, what should your hometown be known for?
Other then Pauline Hanson & Riverstink, My hometown is also known for being the armpit of Brisbane haha.. #Ipswichrules
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them).
A fan, i love this fan, it makes me a coooooool dude.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
I danced for years and did musicals from the age of 5-14, I also played keys at church on Sundays when I was younger and played clarinet in the school band, but when I was 16 the clarinet wasn’t very cool so I picked up the guitar. I studied contemporary music after high school, that’s when I started ‘BLACK ZEROS’ but as for inspiration I remember the first time i heard The Beatles ‘All you need is love’. I was 13 my first year of highschool and my friend lent me her ipod it was one of those old school bulky coloured ones in blue, i was listening to her music on shuffle and that song came on.. Its like time stopped. I put it on repeat and skipped class and hung out behind the basketball courts where the naughty kids hung out when they skipped class and literally listened to it on repeat for hours just daydreaming! It literally changed my world! I have never stopped listening to The Beatles they are still my biggest inspiration to this day.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Don’t take anything to heart, it’s only Rock n roll baby.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Keith Moon a.k.a moon the loon the drummer from The Who he seemed super wild and so much fun as they said he was always only one beer away from being drunk.
What song best sums up your life right now?
“I Wanna Prove to You” by The Lemon Twigs
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
‘WOW YOU’RE LIKE IF GWEN STEFANI & NANCY SINATRA HAD A LOVE CHILD.”
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Playing tours in da U.S.A and U.K playing Coachella & Glastonbury
What’s your next step towards that dream?
We’re filming our next film clip on Monday and are playing a bunch of national festivals till the end of the year 🙂