Jack Boylan is mixing music and college
Jack Boylan’s hobby is on the verge of becoming serious business -- although taking the fun out of it is the last thing he wants to do.
During his senior year at Hudson High School, Boylan started playing around with mixing electronic dance music on his parents’ computer.
He got good enough to be invited to put on a show at a DECA fundraising dance in the high school cafeteria, in which he followed fellow HHS student and rapper Andrew Davis.
Boylan is now a sophomore at North Dakota State University in Fargo, where the audience for his EDM (electronic dance music) mixes and original songs continues to grow.
He recently cut a deal with the website NowThatsCollege.com, which is featuring his “Jack Attack! #20 Back to School” on its music page.
The website calls it “the perfect back to school mix to start the year off right.”
“North Dakota State University’s DJ Jack Boylan has been up to some amazing things lately. Fresh off his 2014 ‘Like Father, Like Son’ tour, he announced plans for a highly anticipated full-length album,” NowThatsCollege.com says. “Jack’s most recent mix shows how great of a DJ he is by remixing many pop and EDM songs. This is by far the best mix Jack has ever thrown down. We look forward to hearing more from him soon!”
In a phone interview from the NDSU campus last week, Boylan said he started making and playing his Jack Attack! mixes in his dorm room.
“I had a lot of people who liked to listen to me play … Occasionally, someone would invite me over to their house to throw a set on for their party,” he said.
“They always wanted to hear more. They always wanted to find more songs -- because this is stuff that people haven’t really been exposed to up here. So then I started creating my mix series.”
He posted the mixes on www.soundcloud.com/jackboylan, where they can still be found.
Boylan also produces original electronic dance songs and puts on DJ shows.
“I’m getting there, but I’m still not playing in a lot of big clubs yet. I have done a couple of clubs,” he said.
The highlight of his summer was the show he gave at the Cosmic Ho-Down near Waubun, Minn.
“On stage, I try to create the best-possible dancing environment,” he said. “I just try to get everyone up and moving.”
Boylan isn’t sure where his music mixing and DJ talent will take him. At this point, he’s just enjoying the ride.
“I’d like to keep playing shows. I’d like to keep making more music,” he said. “I’ll keep doing it as long as people keep listening. If I’m successful at it, that’s great. And if not, I’m fine just doing what I’m doing now.”
A pharmacy major, Boylan said he hasn’t let his music hobby/business interfere with his education.
He doesn’t use drugs and he wants people to know that they don’t have to either to have fun.
“They can enjoy EDM, they can enjoy going to clubs, without doing drugs, without drinking or anything like that,” he said.
The release of his album was delayed when his hard drive crashed a few weeks ago.
A few of his songs are available on iTunes.
People can listen to them for free on YouTube and soundcloud.com.
Boylan’s parents are John and Jennifer Boylan. His father is an investment portfolio manager and his mother is a math instructor at UW-River Falls.