The bluesy garage-rock band Jack Swing is led by Isaiah Ross, who grew up surrounded by musicians, so it made sense to him to start rapping on stage at the age of 12.


“I always had a musical family. My grandad was a jazz musician, he played sax. My mom was the first female rapper from Pittsburgh to drop a record. Jazzy Love, I think ’89 on that. She’s a principle now. I was always just around that; rapping made sense. I saw Notorious when I was really young. I felt really inspired by Biggie and wanted to do something musically, so I started doing that.”


Ross, who went to Pittsburgh’s performing arts highschool, CAPA, made the transition from rap to rock rather seamlessly .


“Rock and roll from a young age was always what inspired me musically, even though rap was where I felt like I needed to start. When I was 9 I remember hearing American Idiot for the first time and that being the craziest thing I’d ever heard.”


Jack Swing plans on releasing a full length album this year. Find out more on their Facebook.