The social media sensations on memes and streams.
When it comes to winning at the internet, Jack & Jack know a thing or two. The duo’s early comedy skits made them a Vine sensation, ranking them amongst the most popular creators on the platform during its heyday.
Growing up together at school in Omaha in the noughties, Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson were known for their crazy classroom antics and their ability to make up songs on the spot. Since 2014, the duo (both are trained musicians) have been putting out R&B influenced pop-rap smashes, with last year’s Jonas Blue collab ‘Rise’ – dominating the airwaves for months on end.
To date, Jack & Jack have more than 25 million followers across their social media accounts, and 85 million streams on their debut album “A Good Friend is Nice” . Who could be better for us to surf the web with?
Hey guys, what would you like to see more of online? What about less of?
Jack G: For me this is an easy one. It would be the anonymous bullying. People who don’t know each other, hating on each other. You might not consider that bullying but I consider anything that brings someone down bullying, even if you don’t know them personally. What I want to see more of is the opposite. People being nice!
What or who is the best account you follow? The worst?
Jack G: I think the Rock (@therock) is the best account I follow.”
Jack J: I have to agree. Honestly, Dwayne is the most inspiring man in the world. The worst, well I don’t really follow any accounts I don’t like.
Jack G: There’s something that can work for this for me. It’s a very gruesome account but it’s very real. And I like nature and I like watching that kind of stuff. I wouldn’t necessarily want my fans to go follow that account but it’s all about nature and a lot of the sad truth about what happens in nature and I wouldn’t want a young girl to stumble across that account, but I still follow it.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve read about yourself online?
Jack J: I’ve seen a lot of crazy things. I read that I looked like a mix between Jimmy Neutron and a squirrel once. It’s pretty accurately to be honest.
Jack G: Our fans like to give us some shit online and they say all sorts of things. There’s this character called Sexy Squidward and some others that they usually compare me to, so it’s usually our fans saying crazy things, but not in a bad way, it’s all comedy.
What’s your favourite meme?
Jack J: Actually, I’m not really a meme guy to be honest. I don’t really have a favourite as I’ve never got too caught up in meme world. I’ve actually never made a meme!
Jack G: Yeah, but every now and then you’ll see one that hits home with just you and one other friend, you know. There’ll be a funny meme that gets you and only you two get but I actually don’t have one in particular.
What’s your earliest memory of the Internet?
Jack J: My earliest experience of the internet would most probably be playing this ‘Land Before Time’ game that I loved and i was really obsessed with it as a kid. I was pretty addicted you could say and that’s my earliest memory for sure.
Jack G: I think the first two years of the 2000, so 2000 and 2001, I remember my parents had this one computer in the house and it was this big computer with like a 3 foot back you could just hit.
Is the Internet a good or bad thing for music?
Jack J: It’s amazing for music. It allows pretty much anyone, anywhere to put out what they’re feeling and music is so expressive so the internet really allows for that.
Jack G: 100%. No matter where you are and what time it is or wherever you’re from, someone else is awake and you can post something and they can see it and your stuff can now circulate so fast.
Jack J: And you can send music back and forth and work on it remotely. You don’t have to be in the same room with the same person, which is how a lot of our songs got made actually so I’m very grateful for that.
How many followers represent success?
Jack G: I don’t think followers can ever represent success, unless you’re just talking about social media success.
Jack J: Yeah, it depends on what your niche market is and what you’re trying to do, but i don’t think you should gauge it by that though. I think it’s to each their own but never get too caught up in followers as that doesn’t truly mean that you’re more liked or you’re going to be more successful in life because you have more followers.
Jack G: And success is really happiness and how can followers ever make you happy? Well maybe they do but hopefully they don’t.
11 March 2019