HE may only be 12 years old but Jackson ‘‘Jacko’’ Miller is already making a big splash in Triple J’s Unearthed competition.
The young musical talent is currently sitting second in the electronic charts with his banging electro tune ‘‘Spunk’’ and is 34th in the overall standings.
Jacko, who has autism, has played music since he was about five and rocks out every week at Rosie’s School of Rock in Newcastle.
‘‘I play the drums and sing but I also play the keyboard too,’’ he said.
‘‘I was experimenting with a computer program and then my teacher Craig Smith taught me how to DJ which inspired me to want to become one of the most successful DJs,’’ he said.
Jacko’s early success has certainly boosted such ambitions and his music is gaining attention from music lovers online.
Tracks uploaded to sharing platform SoundCloud are getting more hits by the day and Jacko is glad he’s getting noticed.
‘‘When I uploaded my music I didn’t expect it to get so many plays,’’ he said.
‘‘It just blew up big. I think a lot of people appreciate my music.’’
Jacko described his style as a mix between electro, drum and bass, and dubstep, inspired by two of his favourite artists, Skrillex and Deadmau5.
He has also produced mash-ups of LMFAO and Skrillex and a Gangnam Style remix.
His mother, Kylie Miller, said Jacko had always liked music but was fortunate he had teachers at Aspect Hunter School who shared his passion.
‘‘They used [music] to get him engaged with his school work,’’ she said.
‘‘He’s always been loud but this has brought a lot more out of him.’’
Mrs Miller also praised Rosie’s School of Rock’s AU:SUM program which is designed to assist kids on the autism spectrum.
Run by Craig ‘‘Rosie’’ Rosevear the course starts in week one of every school term and lasts for 10 weeks.
Kids form a band a work together to write, record and then perform their very own music tracks.