Emotional yet powerful, Avi Jacob's music carries the listeners towards new soundscapes, captivating their attention from the first note to the last!
Avi Jacob is back with a brand new single, a brand new song that confirms once again his refined musical taste, superb songwriting skills, and emphatic interpretative vein. This excellent release, “New England Woman,” is a song that introduces us to his forthcoming new album, due to be released this 2022!
Today, at Planet Singer, we have the great pleasure of discovering more about this talented artist and his upcoming full-length “Naked” with an exclusive interview!
Hi Avi, thanks a lot for being with us today at Planet Singer. Your music is truly unique; releases like your 2020 Ep “Preservation” and your latest single, “New England Woman,” tell a lot about your artistry and creative flow. We are thrilled to know more about your artistic journey, so let’s start from the very beginning. When did you discover your passion for music?
I used to write and sing little love songs starting when I was about 5 or 6, with the family piano. Nothing serious, but I enjoyed it enough that my father remembers. I started playing instruments at age 8, but it wasn’t until I was 12 and heard Nirvana that I made a conscious emotional connection to songwriting. Age 19 is when I first heard Townes Van Zande which was a singularly formative experience that deepened my understanding of what songwriting is. It was the song “Rake.”
“New England Woman” is a song that carries with it a deep and, I would say, important narrative. What’s the story behind the lyrics of your latest single?
Well, I write completely stream of consciousness, so I didn’t set out to do anything, but I can say it is a song about being deeply in love with someone while also being frustrated that we live in a late-stage capitalist hellscape in America where even a LIVING wage, much less a thriving wage, is seen as a radical leftist idea and not just basic human decency. I love the United States deeply, I am deeply patriotic, but the minds of the working class have been corrupted by bankers & right-wing talking heads. It is hard to be a sensitive aware person and not see that we are headed towards a civil war and possibly a fascist dictatorship if the Democrats don’t embrace becoming the party of all the working class.
Like all great singer-songwriters, you are able to frame the reality around you with songs that reflect not only the reality of your home country but also the vibes that make genres such as Folk and Americana so timeless and universal. What are your main influences, if you have any, in these genres?
Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Irving Berlin, and other Jewish songwriters have been huge influences, as well as my Rabbi, who was a folksinger as well (no coincidence, I’m sure). Townes Van Zandt, Otis Redding, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Neil Young. Though starting several years ago, I stopped listening to Americana, and now I listen to hip hop/ R&B, like Run the Jewels and D’angelo far more than any folk.
Your songwriting is truly unique. Can you reveal what your creative process is? How does your music come to life?
Thank you! I think one important thing is that I rarely listen to music. I let the music in my head play. I spend a lot of time just playing the guitar and letting my mind wander, and then if I come up with an initial inspiration for a song, I just play it over and over until something comes to me. The subconscious is a much more eloquent voice, so I give it space to express itself. I often go on long drives, touring etc., and I might listen to a book on tape, my favorite being “Just Kids” by Patti Smith.
What inspires you?
I’m often inspired by a feeling that I have or a feeling I see someone else having. Books and movies often inspire me as well.
Your song “New England Woman” is the perfect result of the collaboration with excellent producer Andrew Oedel (Ghost Hit Studios), talented keyboardist Ben Cosgrove, and the outstanding Brooklyn-based trio ALMA taking care of the vocal harmonies. How was it to share this project with such an amazing crew?
They’re the sweetest people, and I’m sweet, too, so it was a very beautiful and natural feeling.
If you could collaborate with one of the artists who inspired you the most, who would you love to share a song and stage with?
Bob Dylan hands down.
Are you planning any like gig anytime soon?
W/ Allysen Callery
Providence RI Saturday, Feb 26 Stone Soup Presents 7 pm,
“New England Woman” is the first single from your upcoming album “Naked.” Can you tell us more about this release due in 2022?
It’s eight songs that each are hopeful and also sorrowful, and most importantly, they are true and honest.
What are your plans for the future?
I’d love to play outdoors a lot this summer, to tour Europe, and it’d be nice to get married if I ever find someone that we get along well enough.
Avi, it was such a pleasure having you with us today! We can’t wait for your new album “Naked” to be released. Is there anything you would like to say to our readers?
We are all in this together; regardless of your politics, race, gender, everyone is trying their best. Except the rich who profit off our suffering, who use poor whites and the police as pawns in their sick game of destroying our climate, retaining white supremacy, and disregarding our humanity. They can go right to hell.
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