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Exclusive Interview with Jacob Chacko




 Where are you from and could you tell us a little bit of your upbringing?

Humble roots from Malaysia of South Asian descent. Mostly lived in United States in the great state of New Jersey. Started from Jersey City to currently residing in New Milford. Had a good simple middle-class upbringing but always been exposed to music at a very young age via school/college, peers, church, etc.

 

 

What genre of music do you make and when did you first decide to be a musician?

I started playing blues and rock but always with a commercial sensibility to sound. Started as a bass player but eventually morphed to guitar/rhythm/lead. Current genre would be defined as commercial modern rock.

 

Who are some of the notable artists and people that influenced your career thus far?

I come with so many influences from classic legends to current stars (cross genres).  The Beatles, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, Temptation, Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Queen, Food Fighters John Mayer, Muse, Beck, John Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Bring Me The Horizon, Blur, The Gorillaz, Rage Against The Machine, and even Babymetal. You do not need to speak English to get the vibe/sentiments of an artist. Let the music do the talking. I could go on and on because influences are a living and ongoing process.

 

Could you tell us about your latest project?

I kicked off my debut album “Better Now or Never” in early 2022. This is after a significant break from music for over fifteen years. Got my second wind and since then never looked back. To-date I have released seven singles; please check my Spotify and Youtube links:

 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/59pejUXCofEDMUgbI9NBen

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1T6K6dLtJtfzaE3ij4sqtg

Website: https://jacobchacko2022.com/music-albums

 

Will be releasing remaining three songs from album within the next two months.

 

 

 

 

What should we expect from you in the near future?

Currently working on new material for next series of singles, to kick-off early Spring 2023. Very excited with new songs in the pipeline, and in my humble opinion, a much stronger effort than debut album. OK it is all hype…

 

Could you give us some advice that you can offer to someone who is just getting started in making music?

Find the passion/reason to make music. Spent time crafting music that reflect your values/interest and invest resources and effort to make it happen.

 

Are there any important achievements you have gained since beginning to do music?

The fact that I delivered a full album within a reasonable time and had a positive response from listeners. Significant learning curve from building my studio, learning to play various instruments, recording and creative process. Have been highlighted in many blogs/magazines, various radio stations (Museboat.com):

https://jacobchacko2022.com/articles-podcasts

The biggest achievement is I got the project off the ground and running.

 

Besides music, what are some of the things that you are into?

Very much a soccer/football player supporter. Major supporter of American soccer, especially Major League Soccer and The National Soccer team. Did a lot volunteer work for Major League Soccer in early days of the league with the Metrostars team.

 

Are you currently on tour or planning to be?

Currently not touring yet. Did start my Youtube channel and putting out a lot of content with original and cover tunes. Kickstarted a “Jamming with Jake” series whereby I collaborate with other artist.  

Please check out my Youtube Playlist : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1ZGys2sQSKbJ9gR4zCs8HRCiGjAOxA0l

 

Any last remarks?

Thank you again for having me. Stay tune for my new material. “Be good to people and your environment.

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