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Jackson Colt's 'Shake Your Body' Infuses 80's Rock Zeal With Infectious Dance Floor Elation

Jackson Colt


Jackson Colt, the embodiment of reimagined 80's Rock, is set to ignite the music scene once again with their latest single ‘Shake Your Body’. This exhilarating track seamlessly blends danceability with a rock essence, promising an unforgettable sonic journey!


Get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of this South African Rock powerhouse as they transport you to the neon-lit streets of 1980's Hollywood with pulsating beats and infectious earworm melodies. Paying homage to the timeless allure of 80s Rock, Jackson Colt delivers catchy hooks, melodic riffs, and blistering solos reminiscent of the Golden Era of the Guitar. Prepare for a fresh, modern twist that will captivate audiences worldwide.


Vocalist & Guitarist Jackson Colt shares that "I envision 'Shake Your Body' unfolding in a setting reminiscent of 1980's Hollywood. A nightclub graces 'Heartbreak Avenue,' remaining open throughout the night, hosting vampires who revel in dancing away the hours. A lady, nursing a broken heart, steps into the nightclub. Observing the vampires dancing and singing, she later discovers she was bitten by her ex-lover before arriving, transforming her into a vampire and integrating her into the music. These vampires symbolise the broken-hearted, nocturnal club-goers seeking to numb the pain of heartbreak. A vampire bite leads to transformation, mirroring how a broken heart turns one into a soul consumed by heartache. Dance and music play pivotal roles in the song, offering solace from heartbreak by immersing oneself in the melodies.


I aimed to craft a song that seamlessly blends danceability with a rock essence. Drawing inspiration from both 80's dance music and the robust sound of 80's rock, I wanted to fuse these musical styles. Writing and recording the vocals brought me immense joy, allowing me to explore my vocal range. The song maintains its rock identity while incorporating elements of 80s dance music. I particularly take pride in the high notes featured in the song.


The interplay between bass guitar and drums contributes to the song's groove. The bass line establishes a danceable rhythm, complemented by drum accents that maintain the beat while incorporating stylish rock fills. The guitars contribute to the distinctive hard rock sound, featuring riffs inspired by 80's rock gallops and a blend of power chords and intricate licks. Playing the guitar solo was enjoyable, especially as the song takes a momentary break, allowing the solo to sync with the groove. To enhance the guitar's sonic landscape, we employed various delays and reverbs, creating a 'futuristic/underwater' ambiance. The resulting sound encapsulates the essence of the song, marrying dance music with the heavier tones of 80's rock."


Jackson Colt, a South African artist, and rock band, epitomizes the vibrant spirit of 80’s Rock with a contemporary twist. Their music, characterised by infectious chorus hooks, melodious riffs, and electrifying solos, pays homage to the Golden Era of the Guitar while breathing new life into the genre for diverse audiences worldwide.


Early Influences and Musical Journey: The journey of Jackson Colt began when he received his first guitar at the tender age of 9 from a second-hand store. Inspired by legendary bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, and Grand Funk Railroad, Jackson embarked on a musical odyssey fuelled by the raw energy of classic rock. Growing up surrounded by the timeless sounds of Deep Purple, AC/DC, and Def Leppard, Jackson's musical path was set ablaze by the fiery passion of his family's music collection.


Guitar Virtuosity and Inspirations: Jackson's love affair with the guitar blossomed upon discovering the ground-breaking work of Eddie Van Halen. Drawing inspiration from luminaries such as David Gilmour, Slash, and 80’s shredders like George Lynch and Yngwie Malmsteen, Jackson honed his craft with an unwavering dedication to the instrument. His passion for metal music found expression through the influence of icons like Alexi Laiho and Jeff Loomis, adding depth and dynamism to his evolving sound.


Live Performances and Collaborations: Onstage, Jackson Colt delivers a high-octane performance reminiscent of the glory days of 80’s Arena Rock. Backed by a powerhouse ensemble including bassist Dean Gerber, drummer Matthew Safi, and rhythm guitarist Piet Snyman, each member brings their unique flair to the stage, forging an electrifying connection with audiences worldwide. Collaborating closely with South African music luminary Dale Schnettler, known for his work with Prime Circle, as well as The DrumJ Experience and Euphoria, Jackson has elevated his artistry to new heights. Dale's mentorship and collaboration have been instrumental in shaping Jackson's sound, culminating in a series of successful singles with international acclaim.


Notable Achievements and Future Endeavours: Since bursting onto the scene in 2021 with debut singles 'Poison' and 'Angels of Rock', Jackson Colt has continued to captivate audiences with their electrifying sound. Their single 'Echoes' soared to the top of the Mix FM SA Top 40 and garnered critical acclaim across North and South America, as well as in the UK, Australia, and Germany. With the release of their latest single 'Shake Your Body', Jackson Colt seamlessly merges danceability with the raw power of 80’s Rock, signalling a new chapter in their musical evolution. As they embark on the journey towards their debut album, Jackson Colt remains ever poised to conquer new horizons and inspire audiences around the globe with their reimagined vision of 80’s Rock.


Jackson Colt (Vocals & Guitar)

Dean Gerber (Bass & Backing Vocals)

Matthew Safi (Drums)

Piet Snyman (Guitar & Backing Vocals)

Jackson Colt - Shake Your Body



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