If you like The Killers, The White Stripes, Royal Blood, Spoon, Weezer, The Black Keys … you will probably like Jackie Daytona. Big time!

Garage Power Pop from Texas.

Jackie Daytona is Jackie himself and drummer Justin Robinson. The two released their debut ep She’s so Hot a little while ago and it is just great! Big songs, big hooks, big words.

Buy She’s So Hot here


What was the biggest fun during the making of the last album?  

The most fun aspect of making this record was that it was Justin and me, just bass and drums for all of the initial tracking.  Most people don’t realize it, but this is very much a “drum and bass” project.  I wrote all the songs on bass guitar and most of the lead parts are a bass guitar.  I really wanted the record to only consist of drums, bass, and vocals, but as the record developed, I felt that the songs needed a little more to make them shine.

At what point, during writing, rehearsing, recording, did you knew you were on to something special? 

I remember clearly when we were tracking “Hot And Sweaty” and I motioned for a breakdown / solo….we did it and it just worked so well.  I remember looking at him and thinking that we may be onto a project that was more than just “for fun”.

Also, listeners should listen out for the end of “She’s So Hot”- that is Justin and I laughing at the end of the song after tracking it live – including that ridiculous drum solo he plays!

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mixtape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?  

Every mixtape I have ever made starts with “Love Fool” by the Cardigans.  I would start there and see what happens.

Do you feel part of a community, the power pop community?  

We are still so new, that every day we get contacted by Power Pop fans who enjoy what we have come up with, and I never could have imagined such a warm reception by a genre of music.  I really look forward to getting to know more fans and artists/bands.

If you could tour the world with 2 other bands, who would you ask to join?  

This is easy.  The Killers and Tom Petty (RIP).

If the budget was unlimited, how would you record the next record?  

Honestly, we wouldn’t do much different.  We’d still record the record in my garage, only I would hire an engineer to aid in the recording process.  During the recording of “She’s So Hot”, I was playing, singing, engineering and producing.  This next time around Id love to focus on the performance side of it and let someone else worry about sounds/levels/compression/EQ/etc.

What’s up for 2018?  

I’m really hoping to start another record in the Fall and release by 2019.  I have most of the new songs written, and I’m ready to get back in the studio.

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