We had the good fortune of connecting with Aimee Jacobs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aimee, why did you pursue a creative career?
There are a couple reasons I’ve chosen music. When I was younger I just did it because I was drawn to it. I enjoyed the way music affected my state of mind and saw power in that. The simple pleasure of using your body to create is something everyone can resonate with. But I think now that I’m older, its evolved into a more complex impulse. There are still those previous factors, but now music has brought me this rich sense of community that I wouldn’t have otherwise. So its not only about getting closer to whatever divine part of myself I am trying to connect with, it’s also about drawing in members of the community around me so I can infiltrate their headspace for the duration of time they are listening to something I made. I know that sounds kind of twisted but I like it when music does that to me so I figure there must be other people like that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The thing I am most excited about at the moment is the new single my band Belladon released. Its called Truths You Crave. If you listen to all the music we’ve put out thus far you can hear my song writing improve and my aesthetic preferences change with each track. I’m really proud of myself for just going for it. Its also cool to have a sonic representation of how much I’ve grown and my band has grown over the years. I suppose there are two big lesson I have learned:
1. Be less critical of others and be less critical of myself. My personality can be extremely judgmental. I have very high perceptions of what’s “acceptable”. But tuning into reality and bringing out the best in it is more of a creative challenge than trying to force something into existence that just doesn’t want to be.
2. Always be growing. I’m pretty on top of growing as a musician but there are other things in life besides playing music! I get obsessive and forget to live my life. Maybe when this article comes out it will be a good reminder from past Aimee to future Aimee.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to the Zoo! I would defiantly go to Convoy Street for all the best Asian cuisine. I’d take them across the boarder for cheap sea food and margaritas. I would for sure take them to a concert at Music Box or Belly Up. There would have to be a pool day, and a beach day at Sunset Cliffs. I also really like the Bread&Salt gallery. Recently I visited the Athenaeum Library in La Jolla and was blown away with the curation and beauty of the space. Its drop dead gorgeous in there.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Anyone who has ever been a music teacher/educator of mine. If you are serious about any field in life the first step to being good at it is to realize there are others who are far beyond you. I still take lessons even though I am already a music educator. the only way I can help the people grow around me is be be growing myself. I think this rings true in all matters, not just music.
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