It’s been a few since Jack Johnson last released an album and I’m getting jazzed for his new release this coming weekend titled Sleep Through The Static. As we’ve profiled several times, Jack is a major player in the environmental movement — promoting recycling programs in his native Hawaii, educating other on how to live more eco-friendly lifestyles, and actually managing to come up with a catchy green song called ‘The 3Rs’. Remember when Madonna tried? My ears bled.
Anyways, this latest release is a bit special not just because of the music featured on the album, but also in terms of how it was produced. Johnson’s home studio is solar-powered. He built a similar facility, called the Solar Powered Plastic Plant, in LA. It has skylights, walls insulated with recycled jeans, recycled timber paneling, and bamboo floors. In terms of production, we may be looking at one of the most green albums ever produced. Spin magazine recently caught up with Jack and asked him a myriad of questions; including his thoughts on the success of Live Earth. Here are some highlights:
You’ve earned a reputation as an environmentally aware artist. Does thinking green factor into the business decisions you make?
It’s more just a thing of, “Why not?” We got this new office, so why not put solar panels on the roof? Why not use recycled blue jeans for the insulation? I grew up like that. My pops is always fixing things when they’re broken.
You were a part of Live Earth in Sydney. Do you think the event was effective?
I do. How far it helped push things in the right direction I can’t be sure, but I don’t think it had a negative effect. I talked to a lot of teenagers who saw it and thought it was really cool. There was definitely that potential oxymoron of a big event making a huge carbon footprint to fight carbon footprints. If people all flew in on private jets, that’s something to look at….