Irish glam-based pop artist Jack Rua is a unique and original talent. Inspired by some of the most ambitious and creative artists of the last fifty years, Jack Rua spent his formative years studying the work of icons such as David Bowie, Madonna, Lady Gaga , St. Vincent, Roisin Murphy & Prince; analysing their every move and how they used their art forms to innovate and rebel.
Jack started writing music at the age of 15, first for a rock band and then as a soloist. In 2013 he renamed himself Jackal and, backed by an 8 piece band, made an impression on the Dublin music scene with a theatrical and energetic stage show that saw him perform at venues such as Whelans, the Academy, the Mercantile and Vicar Street. In 2016 he released his debut single under that name, “Groundhog Day”, which peaked inside the Irish iTunes Top 50 and has amassed an impressive 7,000 views on YouTube.
After graduating with a BA in Commercial Modern Music from BIMM Dublin, Jack took a hiatus from performing. In 2017 he moved to New York City and immersed himself in the music; drag; burlesque and theatrical scenes of the city, absorbing these new influences and allowing them to inform his own art. Moving back to Dublin in 2018 he began to record with Porridge, tenderhook., and developing visuals with PureGrand.
Since 2019, his music has amassed hundreds of thousands of streams and has been played frequently on Irish and British radio (RTE 2FM, Spin 1038, FM104, KCLR, Red FM and BBC Introducing). Jack is also a seasoned live act, performing sold out shows across Dublin which have been described as "stunning" by Hot Press and a "dynamic combination of theatre and fierce sexual confidence" by GCN.
Much like the artists he lists as his most prominent influences, Jack has proven to be a sonic shapeshifter; experimenting in glam-rock and dance on 2020's mini album 'Narcissus', contemporary electro-pop on 'Isolation', and experimental hyper-pop on 2021's collaborative EP with Saint Taint 'I Don't Party Enough Anymore'. His latest single 'Vacuum', a barn-storming electro pop track that features American artist Kit Major lyrically speaks of moving on from a trauma, was picked as Tara Kumar's Track of the Week on RTE2FM, and is the first instalment from an as-of-now untitled new project.