Seeing as a lot of mail that gets sent my way is either a down payment for vaginal viagra or for some blind mut called "Hankie" whose lost his rear legs and needs my charity, it was nice to get inbox'd with some post-worthy music.
Let me introduce hip hop new comer Jacob Es, after the initial email from Jacob I got the impression there was more to him than met the ears (so to speak), so in true IB spirit I wrangled an interview out of the poor guy. He probably doesn't even know it yet but Jacob, you've just been interviewed by a middle classed Englishman sitting in his underpants in Nottingham - think of me as the literate liberator Robin Hood - just lazier and better looking. Enjoy.
Just so the people know what their getting themselves in for, sum up your music in 2 words…
Jacob it’s come to our attention that music wasn’t always been your numero uno career choice, was there something previous to rap that tickled your fancy more?
Before I started doing music I was playing college baseball in Memphis, TN. Baseball had always been my passion but after three arm surgeries left me with no feeling in my right hand, I had to give it up and then turned my focus to music about a year later.
Have you secretly always wanted to be a musician and the injury was just an excuse really go for it?
I honestly never thought that I would be working on music; I had never made music until after the injuries put me out of baseball so when I started putting out songs and immediately had people listening it was really strange to me.
Where do you call home?
I spend most of my time these days up in Burlington, Vermont where school and the studio I record at is located, but also spend time with my family outside of Boston frequently.
What sort of music did you listen to growing up?
Growing up I listened to a wide variety of music and was more a fan of alternative music than anything. My love for hip-hop actually developed through baseball because I used to listen to people like 50 Cent and Lil Wayne to get pumped up to play on the way to games.
Still relatively new on the scene we’re interested to hear whether you’ve been playing many live gigs? Any stage blunders so far?
In the past year I have had the opportunity to open up for Mac Miller, The White Panda, Jay Sean, and Aer among many other shows. It’s been a huge change from never performing in front of people in my life to being in front of thousands, but I make sure that I am always prepared to give people a good show. I haven't had any bad blunders luckily, nerves are my biggest enemy but I'm continuing to get more and more comfortable on stage with experience.
Obviously we’d love to see you over in Europe, any plans to play abroad as of yet?
I don't have any current shows over in Europe but that’s a definite goal in the future.
Give us your current three favourite tracks…
Lately I've been listening to Goldie by A$AP Rocky, Cornerstone by Bob Marley, and the entire Blue Chips mixtape by Action Bronson.
Plans for the next couple of months?
In the next few months I'll be doing shows around the US and recording my next project as well as collaborating with a local instrumentalist on an all original EP with hip hop and rock influences.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time, don’t hold back?
In five years I couldn't tell you where I will be since I never thought I'd be doing what I am now five years ago. My hope is that I am happy and healthy and still making music though for sure.
And lastly Candice Swanepoel or Rosie Huntington Whiteley?
Gotta go Rosie on this one.
You heard it here first, the devilish devon deviant Rosie claws back a point from her busty counterpart in whats suiting up to be a flustering fight to the finish.