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- Me, Myself, and I
- jack johnson is the man
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Q: Where did you grow up?
A: On the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
Q: When did you start playing guitar?
A: I started playing when I was 14.
Q: What was the first song you learned on the guitar?
A: I learned two at the same time: "One" by Metallica and "Father and Son" by Cat Stevens.
Q: What did you do before you put out Brushfire Fairytales?
A: I made surf films.
Q: What are some of your favorite Surf Movies?
A: The Seedling, Litmus, Filthy Habbits, Blazing Boards, Bunyip Dreaming, Green Iguana, and Endless Summer.
Q: Who are some of your (musical) influences?
A: I dig Nick Drake, The Beatles, Hendrix, Tribe Called Quest, Dylan, Ben Harper, Radio Head, G. Love and Special Sauce, Otis Redding, Neil Young, Marley, Kurosawa, Tom Curren and so on.
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Before Jack made it big as a singer/songwriter he was a professional surfboarder. He began chasing waves as a toddler in his native Hawii and by the age of 17 he had become a champion surfer on the professional route with a sponsorship with Quiksilver.
His interest in movie making and song writing was sparked when attending the Real Loud movie festival whilst in college. This experience would prompt him to change majors and he would eventually graduate with a degree in film. Following college Jack decided to take a year out traveling. It was during this time that he and old mates, Chris Malloy and Emmett Malloy directed and shot the purist surf film "Thicker than water" which in turn brought out his talent as a singer/songwriter. His peers in and around the surf circuit praised his work and Thicker Than Water received props in Surfer magazine for Video of the Year during 2000. The follow-up surf flick The September Sessions also earned the Adobe Highlight Award at the ESPN Film Festival that same year.
Soon G. Love & Special Sauce would take notice to Johnson's lazy blues stylings, which also molded folk and hip-hop for a modern rock twist, they included Johnson on "Rodeo Clowns'" from G. Love's 1999 release, Philadelphonic. Jack's four-track demo also caught the ears of Ben Harper's right hand man, J.P. Plunier. Harper's college rock mainstay Fight for Your Mind was one of Jack's favourites and he had remained an inspiration, he couldn't believe what was happening to him. All this would eventually lead to the release of his 2001 debut album 'Brushfire Fairytales' which featured the production work of Plunier and Harper's lap steel guitar work.
Two years of touring would be followed by the release of his second album 'On and On' and then two years later came 'In Between Dreams'. Between making these albums, Johnson founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii. The Kokua Festival is the Kokua Hawaii Foundation’s annual benefit event that brings together environmental organizations, eco-friendly businesses, musicians, artists, teachers, and community leaders to promote environmental awareness in Hawaii.
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