The fledgling career of a young hip hop artist from Banbury could get a boost with his upcoming appearance on the Youtube music channel of SBTV.
Jack Bushrod, 21, travelled to the headquarters of the trend-setting youth broadcaster in central London last week to film a music video and meet founder Jamal Edwards MBE.
Now Jack says he hopes the chance to showcase his work to more than 500,000 dedicated subscribers on the video sharing website will be an opportunity to join the ranks of accomplished artists featured in SBTV’s ‘warm up sessions’ including Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.
“I am hoping this will be the big one,” said Jack, who lives off Queensway. “Since I was young I have been watching their videos and a lot of big artists have gone through that channel. It is a big platform to be on.”
A second-year student of graphic design at Brighton University, Jack said he first developed an affinity for rap and hip hop when listening to rap artists performing at Woodgreen Leisure Centre at the age of 12.
But musical talent runs in the family, and Jack has been supported by father, Andy Bushrod,a part time delivery driver and member of local band Bushfield Smith.
“I started hip hop as a hobby when I was 12, but I didn’t tell anyone about it until I was older,” said Jack. “The first time I remember writing I was bored one day and I wrote something down and showed my dad. He quite liked it and we recorded it.”
Since then Jack has continued to write and perform his own music at several Oxfordshire venues including O2 Academy Oxford. He has also featured at Cowley Road Carnival and the Level Summer Festival in Brighton.
Jack said:“For a young artist like me from Banbury the chances I will make it big aren’t massive but I am determined to trying and do the best I can.”
Jack’s music video will appear on SBTV in the next few weeks. You can follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jackbushrod.