Making his solo-debut, indie rock singer-songwriter Jack Rasmussen shares ‘Broken Youth’. Few artists are able to express both the ecstasy and agony of youth as authentically as Jack. Influenced by artists such as Sam Fender, Tom Grennan, The Smiths & The Stone Roses, Jacks style spans acoustic indie rock, with a hint of 90’s Brit-Pop. The young singer-songwriter turns his personal experiences into anthems with universal appeal for all to enjoy.
Born in Durham, England, Jack developed a keen passion for music at a young age. He grew up surrounded by acoustic music and takes inspiration from the likes of James Morrison and Paolo Nutini. Jack soon stumbled across the likes of The Smiths and the Stone Roses and his passion for the 90’s indie scene begun. He submerged himself in alternative rock and timeless Brit-Pop, influences that can be heard in his song writing.
Jack is no stranger to the industry. His music career began in the shape of indie band VELVET. Together, the collective played multiple shows around the North East including support slots at Middlesbrough Townhall & The Riverside in Newcastle. They released a total of three singles and a debut EP, achieving support slots with The Bluetones & Shaun Ryder, playing in front of Alan McGee multiple times and a track feature on ITV – This Morning (Out to Get Me – VELVET). However, it wasn’t meant to be, and the band split in 2020. This gave Jack an insight into the world of music and lit a fire in him to pursue his solo career.
Speaking more on ‘Broken Youth’ Jack explained:
I started writing the first verse to this song back in January 2020 and then never did anything with it until Summer. After watching Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma in summer, it gave me much more inspiration and thought to finally finish this song. I wanted the lyrics to be relatable and comparable from what it was like for most current adults now in their youth playing outside 24/7 as to what it would be like growing up now with the addiction & attention of social media etc.
Recorded at Blank Studios in Newcastle, Jack worked with John Martindale to make sure the feeling of ‘Broken Youth’ and nostalgia was captured in the final track.
Speaking more on this, Jack explains:
It was a pretty simple process really with it being quite a simple track. I didn’t want this one to be over produced so that the vocals and lyrics could be prominent in the mix. I preferred to keep it stripped back and quite raw making sure little features popped in throughout the song to keep it exciting so that it wasn’t just acoustic and vocals throughout. Liam Cooke played electric guitar on it.
‘Broken Youth’ has already secured radio support from BBC Tee’s Introducing and with much more to come from Jack, including the official music video release, we’re expecting big things from him in 2021.