Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacob Zuko.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I had kind of an unorthodox childhood but a rich one. I was homeschooled until the end of high school when I went to community college and I grew up in a lot of different cities on the East coast and the West. As a kid it never occurred to me that if there was something I wanted to be I couldn’t do it so when I picked up the guitar it just kind of clicked and I knew I would be playing music for the rest of my life. I’ve struggled a lot since then but somehow, I always come back to music; it’s the one thing that feels right even when the rest of my world is going crazy.
Please tell us about your art.
I grew up in an artistic family and there really didn’t seem to be any other way to be. I create because it feels as natural and necessary as eating or sleeping. When I got older I read a lot of Kerouac and Ginsberg and going through difficult times I think the one thing that resonated with me was that I didn’t have to hide when I was writing, I could be just as hurt or in love or angry as I felt and it would still be beautiful. The blues is sad but it feels happy when you play it. I guess I like to make my troubles work for me.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
My advice would be just to keep going. Keep creating, and don’t forget to love what you’re doing. I don’t think we should compromise on our dreams. I wish I’d realized earlier that I was good enough to do no less than exactly what I wanted with music, money be damned. I spent a long time being afraid of singing, afraid of writing, afraid of this and that but really there’s no place for fear when it comes to dreams.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I post a lot of clips and gig announcements on Instagram at @jacobzuko. I’m currently working on my first professional EP and I’d love it if people could share it and stream it as much as possible. It’s going up on Spotify, etc. by the end of the year, probably late July, and it’ll be called ‘ZÜKŌ’. You can also check out my website, jacobzuko.com
- Website: Jacobzuko.com
- Phone: 8189324992
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Instagram.com/jacobzuko
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