INTERVIEW | Jak Bannon Discusses Transitioning From Videographer To Musician, Working With Mr. Carmack, & More

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Last week when we covered hip-hop videographer turned musician Jak Bannon, we were itching to get more of the story. It takes a certain talent to be able to succeed in multiple different channels, and Jak is doing that right now. He’s working with top-notch producers like Carmack, Louis Futon, and quickly quickly, and as soon as you hear his singing and songwriting ability, you’ll see why.

We were able to catch up with Jak Bannon and his team to discuss how Jak got to where he is now, and the road that led up to it. There is definitely a bright future ahead for this dude and we were stoked to be able to speak with him.

Check out Jak’s latest track with Mr. Carmack below, and peep our conversation with the up and coming musician as well. Enjoy!

Jak Bannon – The Story (prod. Mr. Carmack)

Current favorite artists: Omar Apollo, Kenny hoopla, Lewis Del Mar
Most recent Google search: A super 8 camera manual
Favorite studio session snack: peanut butter m&ms
Favorite quarantine pastime: sleeping 

Were you always into both film and music? Did one come first?

I was always into music and film at the same time, I played bass in middle school in a band but also made little videos here and there 

Who was the first rapper you made a video for?


When was your first big break in the industry?

Editing a YG music video for his song with ASAP rocky, handgun 

At what point did you realize you wanted to make your own music? Who were you listening to at the time?

Probably around late 2019, and was listening to a lot of Anderson paak, free nationals, mac ayres, mos def 

What was the biggest obstacle you had to hurdle when transitioning into making music?

Probably just figuring out how to actually make music and structuring songs, it’d easy when you’re working with talented producers, but when you’re on your own you have to really hone in on how to structure everything out

What drew you to work with producers like Mr. Carmack, Louis Futon, and quickly quickly?

I’m honestly just friends with them, we got to even know each other through my video work, so when I wanted to start making music they were happy to help out. 

What is your favorite part of the creative process when it comes to writing music?

It’s like a puzzle, so figuring out the right word to say, especially when you just are doing a scratch track and the perfect melody and flow comes out and all you have left to do is just fill in the sounds with words.

Where do you see Jak Bannon in a year’s time?

I have no idea, making more music and doing more cool video projects with friends, honestly, it’s a weird time to think about the future right now, I’ve been trying to take it day by day, week by week, month by month.