Ali Jacko from kick boxer to singer
Hi Ali, Hope you’re well, how’s your week been so far?
I am fantastic thank you, my week has been very busy doing interviews and shooting videos for my new relases. Just finished shooting the end of March release.
What made you turn your hand to a career in music after such a successful kickboxing career?
To be honest, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would take up music as a career, however at this point in my life, I feel music has come to me as a gift from above. I enjoy challenges and as it turns out that I have the talent for making great music. So far it's been a awesome ride!
Are there any skills you picked up whilst kickboxing that you have helped you in your music career?
I am afraid Kickboxing is not a form of sport you would take up if you wanted to get into music although in some respect it has helped me. In music, just like kickboxing, you have to believe in yourself regardless of what negative people say. I was the underdog in almost all of my earlier fights until I started winning major titles. I have the same motivation when doing music as I did for Kickboxing. Music and sport often go hand in hand. For example I recently performed for an MMA fighter who was making his ring entrance and the crowd loved it! So I guess if you look in depth you will find similar core ingredients to sucess in both Kickboxing and Music.
What inspires you to write music?
I went to see a vocal coach to practice singing a cover song and generally improve. He turned around to me and said I couldn’t sing to save my life! We continued with the session to see what we could achieve and my coach just told me to go away and practice. I will work hard at whatever I do so practicing was like second nature to me! I then improved massively from then on in. I developed a wider vocal range and more power in my vocals. This gave me the confidence to realise that I could write music and do this as a career. I started collaborating with friends, I have that work in music and wrote my first song ‘Baby you’re mine’. So far it has been a rollercoaster ride and I am very excited for what’s to come.
What is your writing process like?
I currently can’t play any instruments although I am learning to play the guitar. I usually begin by humming a melody. I always use real life experience to help me write my music.
Where did your passion for music come from?
My father was a musician and used to play for us all the time. I was a very shy boy and never used to speak up much. I am proud to say that I have come a long way since then and am now performing as a solo artist.
Who are your musical heroes and inspirations?
I love Bob Marley, Elvis, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson.
And finally, are there any bands or artists you are particularly enjoying at the moment that you would like to recommend?
I have been listening to Italian singer Jack Savoretti he is absolutely fantastic! I grew up listening to rap, R&B, Soul and Swing but have recently been listening to more Softrock.