Interview: Jack Whitaker of Scarlet Harmonies






I dropped from their label, but as soon as I dropped from their label is when I started Scarlet Harmonies and started figuring out how to add guitar and other various instruments into my own style of electronic music to eventually become what I am doing now, but originally in that old band I was the vocalist and electronics producer, the drum fascination I had actually quickly died off when I heard bands like slipknot and Cradle Of Filth using screams as their vocals, and I knew from that point on that I wanted to frontman a band as a vocalist blending screaming and mid/high range singing, since I never really did have a low voice. Around the time I started chasing the dream of being a vocalist I picked up on the "Post-Hardcore" genre and my vocal ranges and screaming fit perfectly into that genre, so I knew I could pull it off with enough work.

How does this combination that you are making differ from agrotech and electro-industrial?

Well, I don't personally listen to either genre full time, aside from the electro-industrial stuff that Celldweller does, so I can't truly explain down to every detail how it differs, but what I feel truly defines the difference between those genres and the sound that I have worked on honing for a couple years now is truly in my background, growing up round post-hardcore and death metal music I bring a huge portion of that influence into my music, trying to make some of the heaviest, body crushing, and facemelting breakdowns I possibly can, while also adding a lot of other things I came from, like techno leads, trance downtempo patterns, dubstep gated/sidechained pads and basses, modulated EQ glides/glitches, things that don't typically step into that genre, I've always tried to be as far away from any one specific genre as possible since I started Scarlet Harmonies because I want my sound to truly be something that you won't hear anywhere else, just like Celldweller and Blue Stahli's sounds are, you can't pick up another CD and say "This sounds like Klayton Scott" or "This sounds like Bret Autrey", I want to be one of those artists who's album you can't pick up and say "Damn, Jack Whitaker sounds like this guy or this band", I truly want my sound to be definable, and another thing that I really believe helps that problem is the typical subject of those genre's, which is usually dark and oppressing themes, like murder, emptiness, and other macabre things in nature, where as a very large sum of my lyrics focus on story telling, love songs, and stories of growing up and moving on, for example, my brand new single, "Hunter", which is available for free download here:http://soundcloud.com/scarlet-harmonies/hunter is a song about how I've been hunting and chasing my dream of getting signed to FiXT, and growing and honing my skills as an artist, all of the lyrics tie into that story, even the line "Orion, I have taken a life." I used the line "Taken a life" as a metaphor for how my old band right before Scarlet Harmonies had broken up, I metaphorically took the life of that band and left the memory in dust because I was unhappy with our direction we were going, we were trying to go radio friendly and for a Five Finger Death Punch feel and that was not where my heart truly was, I was there for blending of genres we did, not for it to become a rock band.

What have been some of the biggest artists that have impacted or influenced your progression in music as both an artist and also in Scarlet Harmonies

Klayton Scott, aka Celldweller, this mans music truly stunned me when I first heard the song "So Long Sentiment" from his album Wish Upon A Blackstar, which I am currently listening to for the 23rd time all the way through, what truly helped define me as an artist were the actions he took in his own career, he built his own path from the ground up and went through a million terrible events in his career to get where he is now, he now owns his own record label, his own store, clothing line, and is featured in so many movies by his music, and shows like Chris Angel's Mindfreak, this man is living proof that if you really try your hardest to get where you want and take every step in stride, that you can get where you want, and where I truly want to go is where I'll be working side by side with him, that is my one true goal as an artist, to work with the one artist who inspired my heart the most, and gave me that push to strive through the events that have nearly caused me to quit chasing my music career.

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