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Jakko M. Jakszyk

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Jakko M. Jakszyk from 2017


It's been about six years since we've interviewed you. What's been new in your world?

Well , King Crimson takes up a lot of time. When we're not touring or rehearsing I'm writing and demoing for the band, going through live shows, editing etcetera.

I've also been "re mixing" albums from the original multi-tracks in stereo and 5.1 surround. I've done some Jethro Tull. Indeed, I mixed Ian Anderson's last solo album. I did both Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery' by ELP, and I've just finished the first two Bruford albums which are being released as a box set next month.


How are the new King Crimson gigs going?

It feels like they just keep going from strength. We've completed a US tour this summer, and we head on out again back to the States in October.
MSJ: What is ahead for you?

Well Crimson have a full year next year across Europe and ending in Japan. Plus, there's plans for 2019, which is their 50th anniversary year


What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?

My son is into Thundercat, so that's been on in the car lately, and I've just bought the new Everything Everything album. Haven't had the chance to listen to it yet, but I'm a big fan of theirs.

MSJ: Have you read any good books lately?

I highly recommend The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Simm by Jonathon Coe, indeed anything by Jonathon. He's brilliant.

MSJ: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?
Steve Hackett at the London Palladium in May
MSJ: Do you remember your first concert?

I do, pretty vividly. It was Juicy Lucy and Stone The Crows at Hemel Hempstead in 1971

The second band I saw that same year was Yes, followed by King Crimson!

MSJ: Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?

I've started using a Line 6 Helix live. It's a fantastic piece of kit and so easy to program and edit.

MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2017  Volume 5 at
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