JON KNIGHT INTERVIEW
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
My musical influences are quite wide ranging, from Mississippi Fred
Mcdowell to Dire Straits. The first music that I really turned on to
and kept for myself was Neil Young and Crazy Horse, that just blew my
mind at the time. I like anything with some grit, and if it has a
melodic undertone it checks my two major boxes.
What's your outlook on the record industry today?
In some ways its great, the access to tools and information has never
been this good. I mean anyone with a laptop can make a really great
record... but the inability to generate revenues for so many artists
has made the business end very difficult. I think the whole streaming
model where you have carte-blanche access to everything ever recorded
doesn't work. There's just no incentive for creators and the money
gets behind the easy sell artists only.
What inspires you to do what you do?
If I don't do it then I'm miserable to be around. Its a longing deep
inside that you have to follow. I can't quite explain it, except to
say you know when you're doing what you should be doing!
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
I used to get frustrated and caught up in them but now I usually just
laugh them off. If you see me turn around and wink at a band member
and they smile a little then you'll know what's going on, we're all
keenly aware of mistakes, and they happen. Sometimes we'll rib each
other after the show, saying something like "Hey, I saw what you were
going for there, Nice try!"
Is there a particular song or musical passage that never fails to move
There are many, a few favourites for sure. Charles Bradley "Heartaches
and Pain", Neil Young "(Words) Between the Lines of Age" where it
builds up to an explosive solo, or something like the title track from
"Brothers in Arms" - simple but immensely satisfying.
How would you describe your perfect day?
Well, I would say it would be divided there, honestly music is a big
compromise between family and self-satisfaction! It would either be
like the day we performed recently at Moulin Blues in Ospel, NL, with
all my best friends or spending time with my two little girls on the
Who were you, or would you be nervous to meet?
I was nervous to meet Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes, I drank
too much and acted like an idiot! (Well at least that's how I remember
it). Our engineer Jeremy Darby worked on tour with many greats and I
asked him about some of my musical heroes - trying to pry some info
out of him. I concluded that Bob Dylan would be my number one pick.
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favourite place right now,
where would that be.
That would be on stage with Soulstack, doing what we love. It doesn't
matter where, however if its in Europe again soon that would be just
fine with me!
What's your claim to fame?
I have no claim to fame, but my biggest goal as a singer and
songwriter is to find my true voice, the sound of my voice in its most
natural state. I feel after years of abusing it that I can sing with a
connection to my soul. You can hear directly what is inside me when I
Is there something you would like to do more of in the future?
There are many places I would like to perform with this band, other
places in Europe and one of my personal goals is Japan. I'll just keep
on turning out songs with the band and doing our thing.
Where would you like to find yourself in ten years?
I would like to get the production and songwriting craft more honed,
to the point that I can write more comfortably. I see myself evolving
and I'm not afraid of that, especially with a group of such talented
musicians with me. Mark Wessenger and I have many ideas for the
songwriting evolution of Soulstack and all the band members have input
into the production of the songs. We would like to perform consistent
larger shows and put out solid albums consistently and grow our
listener/ fan base. Its a steady growth based on winning over
audiences which we are determined to do with every show.
Jon Knight - Lead Vocals, and Guitars, Baritone Guitar
Mark Wessenger - Piano and Organ
Chris Latta - Guitars and Baritone Guitar
Darryl "Harpo" Peterson - Bass
Tom Bona - Drums and percussion
[ also to note, Soulstack is preparing for an official release in
Europe of their catalog, and a return to Holland in Spring 2016, and
will include other European dates.]
Soulstack- Big Red 2012
Soulstack - Five Finger Discount 2013
Soulstack- Soulstack - 2015
Jon Knight & Soulstack - Soulstack
Wat een heerlijk feelgood album hebben de mannen van Soulstack gemaakt. Op het al weer derde album van de band uit Canada worden we tien nummers lang blij gemaakt. Bijzonder is dat alle nummers zijn opgenomen op een analoge Studer tape machine. Het resultaat mag er zijn, wat we horen is eerlijke en vooral pure muziek. Muziek waar het plezier en de klasse van afdruipen. De muziek is misschien het best te omschrijven als Alabama Swamp, Funky, Neo Classics Soul meets ' 70's Rock and Roll.
Voor de liefhebbers horen we tot mijn vreugde op bijna elk nummer het Hammond orgel. Mijn favoriete nummers van het album zijn 'Tip Of My Tongue' en de heerlijke afsluiter 'Time Don't Wait'. Mijn advies over dit geweldige album en dito band , zegt het voort !