Jack Bruno - aka Raw Fabrics
- is currently on tour with She Wants Revenge. Recently he was able to find some time to pencil us in for a interview to talk about the tour, Raw Fabric's music, and everything in between.
Though he is only 23 years old, he has tons of experience in the music world, starting life as a musician playing in bands when he was 11 years old. A Lot has changed for Jack in the past few years, and we were eager to sit down with him and hear all about it.
He recently released a new song titled "Get Me The Hell Out of Here", as well as a fun video to go along with it. It was something we talked a lot about. Jack was awesome to speak with and was up for talking about just about everything.
Do you have a hand in where your music videos go creatively?
I do it all pretty much. I direct. Up to this point I think I've directed every video except for one. So it's interesting with that video ["Get Me The Hell Out of Here"]. It [started as] an idea. Luckily in LA there are so many creative people...so I called up a couple of my friends. One's a director of photography and another is a producer. It was a little more intense because I was like "I'm going on tour in 3 days. Can you get a crew together in 2 days so we can do a video?"? We shot it the night before we left for the first run of shows. Crazy. I always end up doing a video the day before leaving for a tour. Videos are the most exhausting thing ever and tours are the second most exhausting thing ever.
I'm sure it's exhausting...especially because you have so many outfit changes in the video.
Yeah, usually I don't do that. Usually I keep it simple. But the fucking outfit changes made it like shooting three videos and then after I was like "why, why did I do that? Why did I make it so difficult?"
Are the guys that are playing with you on tour guys that your studio hired or that you know?
I mean it's funny...everyone knows it's my thing but it's not like I just met them out of nowhere or had an ad. The drummer I've been playing with and have known since I was 12 years old. So I called him and was like, "Hey can I hire you, I guess?" Same with the guitar player...I've known him for five years. They're friends of mine and we all know that we each have our separate things but when they are on tour with me they know it's my thing and they respect that and it works really well actually.
Yeah, because in band situations you get the bass player who wants to be the singer and then you're trying to have a conversation and they're not listening to you and you're like , "oh my god what am I going to do?" So with this it's simple...you're helping me represent my art and it's really awesome. Because of that I think it's built this whole new scene in LA.
Yeah, everyone gets tired of the big acts
Exactly, and unfortunately living in LA you make friends with people and the next month they're signed and are on tour and there are some people that keep a level head, but I've definitely had my share of experiences of having friends get signed and then all-of-a-sudden they're not my friend anymore.
You definitely seem to be more about the music than where the music is going to take you.
Yeah and less competitive. We're not that competitive and it's cool to impress each other but it's not this serious thing.
When did you decide that music was your thing?
When I was 9 years old my mom took me to see...uh, my mom is not really a punk-rocker and she works in the hair products business and she was giving products to some bands...so she would go to some concerts and she took me to the Pop Disaster Tour
with Blink 182 and Green Day in 2001.
I love Blink!
Yeah, I know, it was fucking great. It was such a moment. I mean, I was 9 and Blink comes out and their stage had 'Fuck' written in fire. That was the good era. I remember my mom covering my eyes from it. But I saw that and I thought, "okay yeah, that looks tight. I got to do that. I have to figure out how to do that." And then the next year I was playing guitar. The year after that I thought "it's time to start a band." So I was literally in a band in 4th and 5th grade.
Did you have a band name?
Yeah. It was called Last In Line. Hahah, rebels. But it was weird because I took it really seriously. I was kicking people out of my band at 11 years old. I thought, "by 13 I'm going to have an album." It's funny because by 15 I did have an album which is weird as fuck. The other day we went to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we are walking through it and I'm like, "I think I'm in this fucking magazine". I open it and pull out the picture and I'm like, "hey, I'm technically in the Hall of Fame, look, look, look."
That's so funny.
It was ridiculous. It was crazy actually. But yeah, from 9 years old I knew I loved this.
Yeah, I grew up playing the violin, which is definitely a little nerdier than the guitar.
No, that's sick. Every instrument is fun. I wish I stuck with piano more. I took cello a little bit.
Yeah, I never learned guitar but I always wanted to. I thought all the boys would like me if I could play guitar.
I mean, I'm sure you know that the guitar is a chick magnet.
For me it's too corny. I don't want to be the guy with the guitar in the corner...like "hey ladies," gross. I use the guitar honestly as a way to paint, like a way to write.
Who do you listen to when you're not doing your own thing?
I listen to alot of The Clash, The Cure, Depeche Mode. She Wants Revenge is really into The Cure so we are always listening to them. I'm a big fan of a lot of the English grime music that's been coming out. I love how they've got their own slang in England and I always geek out on it. A little bit of Interpol. It's kind of all over the place. My favorite stuff right now has been Grime because it's this new thing to me.
Would you say that you listen to mostly rock? Or is there some variety? Do you listen to any rap?
JB: I listen to a lot of hip-hop, which has progressively happened the last few years. I feel like hip-hop seems a little more inspired right now...so I've been drawn to that. People get surprised when I tell them that.
Hip hop artists, rock artists, artists from all kinds of genres are really overlapping lately...mixing it up and doing it together.
Yeah, the internet exposes so many people to so many things so everyone is more well-rounded. I love it. It's such an exciting time. All the people I know out in LA are just making the weirdest combinations of shit and I'm like, "what the fuck is this?," and then I'll show them something I'm working on and they look at me the same way. It's an exciting time for genre crossover.