Sure we’ve heard about you before, but we think it’s time for Tone Deaf to get to know you a little better. Slip in to something comfortable while we put on some music, pour us a couple of drinks and turn the lights down low. So, tell us about yourselves…Who are you – who who? We really wanna know….

Who are you and what do you do in your act?

Jackie Wilson, bass player.

‘Fess up. What records have you stolen from your parent’s record collection and why?

Many, many, many. The top picks would have to be Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells, my first introduction into the wayward world of the blues and the classic Abbey Road by the Beatles which has taught me more than I could ever understand about crafting pop music.

What’s on heavy rotation on your iPod right now?

The main albums that I’ve been spinning round lately have been Teenage Head by the Flamin’ Groovies, Ogdens Nut Gone Flake by the Small Faces, and Stand by Sly and the Family Stone, all wild examples of fearless rock n roll.

‘Home taping is killing the music business was the catch-cry of the record industry in the 1970s, but it managed to survive until now. What do you think is the difference between mates taping copies of friend’s records back in the 80s and 90s and file sharing now?

Well the only real difference is that it’s quicker and easier these days. Music is such a communal thing, that people are compelled to share it. As long as the music is being made, people will be sharing it with their friends.

You must answer this question honestly or we steal your rider. What was the first gig you went to? Where was it and what was the venue?

I recall the first gig being an underaged ska event at the Arthouse. Maybe with Commissioner Gordon and H-Block 101, I was about 15.

What’s your favourite site to download music from and do you ever pay for it? Can we find any of your releases there?

The best website out there to download music that I’ve found is bandcamp, seeing as its set up by the artists and the cash goes straight to them its really the best option. Our music is available @ http://jh-ep.bandcamp.com/album/jimmy-hawk-the-endless-party-lp

What artist made you want to pick up an instrument and/or sing?

Well I grew up listening to all sorts of music so I’ve always had to obsession to play. But it really wasn’t until I started listening to the intense pumping soul of Donald “Duck” Dunn that I realised that I wanted to follow him and pick up the bass. His work with Booker T and the Mgs and the Blues Brothers band was a huge influence on me.

Have you ever been arrested?

Nope, I’ve a very respectable man.

Do you have any particular ritual before you go on stage, or even a lucky charm you take with you?

I believe in no suppositions, I take what I see at hand.

What’s been your most outrageous rider request?

All my rider requests have been ignore a this stage, I’ll get back to you when I start getting what I ask for.

Because it’s more fun to do things together, which living Australian artist would you most like to collaborate with? Tell us why?

If I were given a single choice it would definitely be Paul Kelly. He has consistently been the best Australian songwriter over the last few years, an amazing man whom I would be humbled to work with.

Right, let’s get really intimate. Tell us what releases you have that we can listen to with the lights down low, or even better, where we can see you play in person next.

Brilliant well this Saturday the 29th of October we’re launching our Sophomore album “Jimmy Hawk and the Endless Party” at the Buffalo club in the CBD (22 Sutherland Street Melbourne)
with Marlon Winterborne (Gaslight Radio) and The Operators.