This week, I had a chance to email with Nat Jack, Lucid Afterlife’s lead singer. He offered some great answers and incite to the band and their music. Lucid AfterLife is a weird band to categorize musically. To me, they sound like a stoner/psychedelic rock group, however the band describes themselves as “heavy mellow hypno space rock” on their Facebook page, which is highly appropriate and much better than my generic label.
If you are interested in following the band, they are on Instagram, as well as Facebook. You can stream their music Spotify and YouTube.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
A lot of good music out there, I am sure many bands influenced me to a great degree. If an answer to this question is necessary, I would say that my parents are my biggest influence, they are not musicians, but they are the reason I make music, I like to see them enjoy it.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I don’t have fans really, like “fanatics”, I don’t want people to run to their music platforms and follow me, hang of every word like sheep and that is that, the world needs more leaders and less followers. The people that are a part of the Lucid family around the world are all bright people, artists or open-minded individuals, at least from who I have had the chance to meet so far. Good music is good music, my listeners would be surprised if I listened to some carbon copied studio made soulless project with an autotuned singer, but I don’t take my boat into that stream, if you know what I’m saying.
- What’s next for the band?
We are currently in talks with an agency in Asia, so don’t be surprised to see us in Japan real soon, nothing is confirmed but that is what we are working on. After the tour in Mexico we decided we need to get back sooner than planned as well, it’s an amazing scene and the energy is the kind of stuff that fuels a musician’s heart. As always expect some more videos coming your way, directing and producing has become a passion of mine aside from the music
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
I have trouble with this question because I don’t care too much about the business side of things, or the trends. The band never really talks about this stuff, we focus more on the actual music and pretty much just wing the business side. Physical records will always be the coolest way to release, harder or not.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
The majority of the themes in the Lucid AfterLife songs stem from visions or out of body experiences I have had. Dreams, meditations and synchronicities tend to be a constant influence on my psyche in general.
- Can you describe your sound?
Pure Astral Sonic Dopeness.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Been listening to Graveyard on the road with guys, really love that band. Russian Circles is an excellent band during sex. My friend in Mexico turned me on to a website called radiooooo.com, it has music from different time periods and countries all over the world, it’s weird and I love it.
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
I just felt it was my calling at some point. I never imagined I would be in an international touring rock outfit, I always wanted to be a pro wrestler. In life sometimes you just find what your good at and that thing just takes over.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
I write the lyrics for the songs, sometimes first or sometimes to rhythm that Thom shows me. Once we have a rough demo of how a song should be, we will go over it and experiment. “Dye My Soul” pretty much came out in one quick session while on tour in Peru, the best songs come through a channel, like clairvoyance almost, in the moment.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
The Harder They Come, I used to play that record all the time when I was in high school. It is a soundtrack from an old Jamaican movie with some great reggae tracks. Come to think of it, I still have never seen the film.
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
I would really like to tour with Stone Field or Church of The Cosmic Skull, I really like what they are doing. A tour with Gogol Bordello would be fun.
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I get it, but albums are so much more of an in-depth exploration of the artist, that is my preference for sure.