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Meet Jacob James

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob James.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a solo artist as well as the frontman of the alternative/stoner metal band The Kyotees. I have been writing and performing original music for ten years and have since self-recorded and produced 15 full-length albums as well as several EPs and singles. I am heavily influenced by singer/songwriters of the 60s and 70s, outsider folk and heavy alternative rock.

Please tell us about your art.
I try my best to make music that I would like to hear but haven’t before. I write most of the material on an acoustic guitar or piano and then try to push the boundaries of the song by experimenting with overdubbing or collaborations with bandmates. The catharsis of creating music is what drives me to continue making it. Being a highly introverted person, I love having an outlet in which I can do things by myself. Feelings of loss, emptiness, and isolation are often themes of my songs but I try not to limit myself to that. Much of what I do starts off being for me, but I hope the message people take away is that they are not alone in their loneliness.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
The role an artist plays has certainly changed since I first started doing this. Escapist mentalities find many looking to art for some kind of guidance in navigating through an increasingly complicated world. I try to keep my music very apolitical because I feel just as confused as everyone else seems. Some of my stronger opinions on certain issues do surface from time to time, but I do not feel it is an artist responsibility to try and indoctrinate anyone with their opinions.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have several of my projects on my Bandcamp pages:

This material is also available via Spotify, iTunes, youtube, etc.

Many of my older records can only be attained through physical copies at live shows, although I have lately considered re-releasing some of these projects digitally. Everyone likes to experience music differently, but It is always great to see and meet new supporters at live shows. Purchasing physical/digital copies always helps fund new tools for development and creativity but isn’t necessary. People’s kind words and support are worth more to my bottom line.

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Live photo #1: @andeeepanda

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