Jackson Floyd is a former Trinity student from Nashville who is a member of the SA-based bands Ronald Ray-Gun and Jasperâ€™s Cast.
IDP: How many bands have you been in since coming to Trinity?
JF: Five. One was a collective of musicians that jammed together and recorded on each otherâ€™s songs and things like that, and that was called Lilac Inferno. Later I started Jasperâ€™s Cast with other Trinity sophomore students. From there I got involved in the local music scene, was part of a couple Marcus Rubio projects, and finally this past year I started my own band called Ronald Ray-Gun, which is also made up of Trinity students. Jasperâ€™s Cast and Ronald Ray-Gun are working on albums right now, and Iâ€™m also working on an electric guitar and cello album with Meg Lobasso, an Incarnate Word student.
IDP: How do you decide which songs go with which project?
JF: Jasperâ€™s Cast and Ronald Ray-Gun have completely different mindsets: oneâ€™s a folk band and oneâ€™s a rock band. So I can tell when Iâ€™m coming up with something which direction itâ€™s going to go. There have been a couple of instances where Iâ€™ve had a song that I wrote on an acoustic guitar and wanted to show to Jasperâ€™s Cast, but then Iâ€™ll plug in an electric and play it and then realize it sounds like a Ronald Ray-Gun song. The same thing has happened the other way, too.
IDP: Whoâ€™s in charge of the lyrics, and what influences the music?
JF: For Jasperâ€™s Cast, Eric Elliott is the lead singer for 99 percent of the songs, so we tend to leave lyrics in his hands. But for Ronald Ray-Gun I write the lyrics for all the songs I sing. There are a few that Tyler Sanders sings and writes lyrics for. Ronald Ray-Gun started off kind of silly, the whole project was very â€˜90s nostalgic. Musically, I take a lot from what I grew up listening to in the â€˜90s, and Iâ€™m always striving to make music like my idols, like Nirvana and Sonic Youth. I like really loud guitars and relying on drum and bass while the guitar just makes noise, like a lot of those bands.
IDP: Do you find that each band comes with its own set of venues to play?
JF: Definitely, Ronald Ray-Gun plays The Ten Eleven a lot, they let you be as loud as you want. Whereas Jasperâ€™s Cast have recently been playing farmerâ€™s markets, restaurants and outdoor acoustic settings, something I could never imagine Ronald Ray-Gun doing. But Jasperâ€™s Cast also plays The Ten Eleven a lot, itâ€™s great that we can play late-night venues as well as smaller acoustic venues where we still get a lot of people to come listen to us.
IDP: Do you see yourself staying in San Antonio for a while?
JF: I definitely see myself staying here another year. Thereâ€™s a lot of people down here who do a lot of really cool things and a lot of venues that are making this scene into something thatâ€™s pretty formidable.