Published on August 10th, 2017 | by Jae Monique0
Peter Jackson Headlining at TDOT Fest 2017 (Interview)
The TDOT Fest, which is the largest urban music showcase in Canada is set to kick off September 3, 2017. The festival features performances from some of the hottest music artists including Leo Vance, John Mega, Mic Miles, and more. Headlining at this year’s TDOT Fest is Peter Jackson who has received accolades such as Music Video of the Year for “Havana”, Album of the Year for, Two Sides to a Story, and the iHeartRadio and Virgin Radio Future Star Award.
In an interview with Peter Jackson, he expressed how he felt about headlining TDOT Fest, his favorite artists, and the biggest inspirations for his music.
Jae Monique: Tell me about headlining TDOT FEST.
Peter Jackson: I’m very happy to be headlining the festival this year because the last two years have been headlined by a good friend of mine that I look up to–Karl Wolf. He’s been like a big brother to me in this industry, so it’s nice to follow in his footsteps in a few areas.
Jae Monique: What are the biggest inspirations for your music?
Jackson: My biggest inspirations definitely come from everyday life like my family and my kids. They make me want to create better music and work harder.
Jae Monique: What are your favorite singles that you’ve had so far?
Jackson: My favorite single is definitely going to be my last one that was called “On A Wave.” We had a lot of commercial success on the radio with that record cracking the top 30 on Billboard and in the top 30 on Canadian hit radio.
Jae Monique: Who are your favorite artists?
Jackson: Right now, Rie Mae, Tory Lanez, PNB Rock,
Jae Monique: How does it feel to be on Billboard Top 100?
Jackson: Amazing. This new Single has really taken things to new heights for me. I’m very pleased with the commercial success we’ve gathered this year so far, and I’m excited to say that my next single will be nothing short of the same.
Jae Monique: Anything else you would like me to know?
Jackson: I have a new single called “Vacation” coming out on August 21 that features the new princess of pop music in Canada, Chrissy Spratt. It was produced by Marley Waters who is responsible for some of the biggest records in radio for the last few years.
About Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson is often referred to as “the hardest working rapper in Canada”. Known for his intense work ethic both in the studio and on the road, Jackson has spent the last several years touring Canada with artists such as French Montana, Juicy J, Waka Flocka, Jadakiss, Machine Gun Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, DBlock and more. Some highlights include opening for 50 Cent at the Calgary Stampede and appearing as the official supporting act for more than 18 stops on Akon’s Canadian Tour.
During the Toronto Raptors’ 2015-2016 playoff run Jackson spent 5 weeks on the Billboard charts with his “We the North” playoff anthem. The record peaked at number three on the Top 100 in Canada behind fellow Canadians, Drake and Justin Bieber. Jackson also made appearances on all of the major Canadian news networks to perform and promote the anthem. The We the North EP sold over 30,000 copies in Canada.
In the United States, Jackson has experienced success with his record “Can’t Get Enough” featuring Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P of The Lox. The record was featured on every major Hip Hop blog and a number of mixtapes. Jackson’s “Prom Night” featuring Riff Raff reached over one million downloads. Jackson’s song “Hold Up” featuring YG has experienced radio success in both the United States and Europe, reaching over 2 million plays on YouTube and over 1 million streams on Spotify.
Jackson’s previous album Since I was 16 peaked at #9 on iTunes album sales for Canada and #2 in the Hip Hop category. The album has also sold over 2500 copies on Neilson Soundscan. In April 2015, Jackson embarked on his first solo tour, headlining 17 shows across Canada.
Over the last two years, Jackson has been awarded honours from the Canadian Urban Television Awards, including, Mixtape of the Year for Good Company, Music Video of the Year for “Havana”, and Rap Album of the Year (2015) for Since I was 16 and Album of the Year (2016) for Two Sides to a Story. Jackson has also received press in over 500 major Hip Hop and music publications and was nominated for Hip Hop artist of the year at the Independent Music Awards.
Most recently, Jackson was awarded the iHeartRadio and Virgin Radio Future Star Award. With this honour, Jackson’s brand new single “On a Wave has been awarded a national radio campaign, being added into heavy rotation at all Virgin Radio stations across Canada. In addition, Mediabase’s latest numbers (for the week of March 28, 2017) rank Jackson’s single “On A Wave” as the fifth Most Added Song for ALL radio formats in Canada (tied with Drake & Stargate) and the seconf Most Added TOP 40/CHR (tied with Drake).
Jackson will be touring Canada as the supporting act for Riff Raff from April 13 – May 9, 2017 in promotion of his newest project Married to Success.