Artist: Jac Dalton - FrontMan / Lead Singer
Raf Azaria - Lead Guitar / Vox
Tyson Muenchow - Drums / Vox
Richie Cordell - Rhythm Guitar / Vox
Adrian Gravelle - Bass / Vox
Song name: I Can Almost Taste The Rain
Music Genre: Rock
I live in... Adelaide, South Australia
The song is about
Australia – especially its vast rural outback – is comprised of strong, proud, determined and tenacious people who can trace their roots back to the very beginnings of the Nation. Events like drought, fire, flood are common encounters to these people who feed not only this vast country, but many neighbors overseas. Environmental tantrums however don’t just affect those watching dreams turn to dust out their own kitchen windows – it affects the entire country. And each time it does, the music industry rallies with open hearts, drums and guitars, beating out a cadence of duty, rousing the Nation once again join hands.
Jac Dalton and mates have launched an initiative called ‘SANDI’ (South Australian Nip-the-Drought Initiative) aimed at pulling all Australians together as a collective effort through a drought anthem called ‘I Can Almost Taste The Rain’. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBxuNf05OZc&t=3s)
The intent is that with a population of 25 million people - if each Australian was to download the song for even a $1 donation – the result would amount to tremendous potential to provide water, hay, fuel, bare essentials - to families whose livelihoods define the very backbone of this Land Downunder. One hundred percent (100%) of every dollar received goes to righteous local organizations towards their worth while causes supporting Brothers and Sisters in these devastated areas.
DONATE Just $1 now by downloading the song: www.sa-ndi.com.au
Writing our songs, and delivering them onstage, for us could be equated to a form of Zen – where the best potential for us as artists and human beings combines with the most poignant efforts we’re able to manifest at the time, resulting in hopes that we remain worthy of the opportunity provided to live/sing/play in the first place - making the World just a little bit better place as we do so. Music is the soul’s semantic. It is also the reason, inspiration, lesson and heartbeat of the journey. Songs are instants of emotion captured and presented as looking glasses into our hearts and minds. Anthems however happen when truly ‘seeing’ an aspect of ourselves coalesces with reason in the depths of our very souls, igniting with insight, throwing back the veil of existence for an instant, leaving us enlightened and forever changed. ‘I CAN ALMOST TASTE THE RAIN’ is our anthem.
How do you think this release represents your current direction.
‘I CAN ALMOST TASTE THE RAIN’ is a context step - sort of like standing centrestage at Wembly laying bare your soul before a deafening crowd, then stealing away momentarily behind one of the PA stacks to take a beat and acknowledge and enjoy what’s driven your heart to this point - before launching into that one song that every one came a long way to hear. Conveyed another way, it’s a drink of water to a parched throat from a fountain of truth for an audience that, after years, finally notices. This song is us taking a pulse reading of our hearts and intentions, insuring that the compass of our mission and selves remains ever true and consistent.
What piece of music advice forever changed your way of thinking
Despite the sweat and diligence from numerous vocal coaches my entire career, my voice has been wrong for everything I’ve ever done. At age 6, in my GrandDad’s church choir, my child voice was too high and piercing to blend with the sopranos. As a teen when my voice dropped, my range was suddenly too low to be of use as the tenor they needed. When I landed my first job dancing in a country music show, I was not allowed to sing solos because I wasn’t considered country enough. Dancing in musical theatre shows across the globe, no one could ever accuse me of sounding like a dapper Broadway ‘dandy’ – though I convincingly danced the parts.
It was while recording my first album ‘From Both Sides’ that I finally found my own unique voice. This discovery however was short lived, because when I asked a good mate of mine - an opera singer - for his input, the thumbs up I expected wasn’t a ‘well done’ at all, but rather a conclusive ‘forget everything you’ve ever learned’ – setting me and all projects back 6 months. The exercise he gave me that day however, was a career changer and the turning point for everything that has transpired since. Eternally grateful, to my vocal sensei I say simply, ‘Aaaahhhh… now it makes sense!’
The music business…
Being a musician today. They call it a ca-‘reer’ for good reason – because no matter how long you’re in it, from time to time you’re gonna get your ass busted. Truth is, there are no short cuts to one’s ‘becoming’. The problem with much of commercial music today is that it’s based upon neurologic formulation - not the honesty of heart and inspiration gained from actually ‘living’ life - away from the intentional programming and in those distracting little devices at our fingertips.
Some artists get lucky and harness a flash of inspiration at the right moment that gets them noticed. Any artist would kill for something resembling this. However, without the resilience of spirit and depth of experience, such events render us as butterflies standing out against the background, but in the middle of a sea with nowhere to land and nothing to connect to.
So, advice… LIVE! Go out. Try as many things as you’re comfortable experiencing. Fall in love. Get hurt. Get knocked down. Get up again. Make mistakes. Cry. Have pity parties for brief moments so you realize the futility of the exercise. But then laugh at the streaked face in the mirror, realizing it could’ve been a whole lot worse. Embrace ‘what if’. And realize that there are no shortcuts - no easy way - ever. You are drawn to, and love the artists you do today not because you want their fame and attention – not really - but because your soul recognizes what it needs to be, and has to be, to step up to the microphone yourself. So… risk it all. Step up. Heed their inspiration. Be like the person inside of your idols. By trying, you’ll at least be a more interesting human being for the attempt, with stories to share. No one ever died from trying. And the world are a little bit better place for your attempt.
Jacqueline Jax speaks with Jac Dalton about his new single 'I Can Almost Taste The Rain’ and how his song is encouraging people to give back to help their local environment. DONATE Just $1 now by downloading the song: www.sa-ndi.com.au They also talk about finding your passion and why it help to focus on what’s most important to you.