Jakob Newsletter Interview
29 Jan 2007 // An interview by Shade
These questions were answered by Jason Johnston, drummer for Jakob.
1) What is your greatest achievement?
Our greatest achievements are firstly having my baby girl (Emily Hata Johnston) born on the 11/11/06... As a band I thnk releasing albums/singles on vinyl and CD and Video and being able to see parts of the world that we'd probably never see if we were to travel by ourselves. Being invited to play festivals in Denmark and Austins SXSW would probably be some of the highlights. Yet in saying that even some of the local shows back home have been great. Also, another would be people being moved with the music we create.
2) What do you think could be done to make NZ music even better?
If there were move live venues for bands to play. With decent sound systems, lighting, back stage areas - if you're a band just starting out to bands that have been around for ages. Better funding systems in place for bands of all genres.
3) Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Next five years - ah... I'll still be a dad of a 5 year old and a 6 year old and the band will still be releasing music and touring the world and NZ and live a comfortable life playing music, and surfing as much as I can... World domination? You've heard that line before hahaha
4) What is the best thing about making music?
The best thing about making music whether it's in Jakob or in any other band is that 'magic' you get when you have a group of musicians in a room jamming and you all start to gel - you just know when it starts to feel right - smiles start to happen and it feels great. Fully improvising and recorded jams... Just so you don't forget what you were doing.
5) What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Don't stop practicing your instrument, there's always something to be learnt. Jamming with friends and having fun doing it. Don't let anyone put you and your music down. Be good to people and listen to all sorts of music.
Jakob is Maurice Beckett (bass, vocals), Jeff Boyle (guitar) and Jason Johnston (drums).
To listen to Jakob is to journey through the harsh, beautiful, isolated landscape of the Hawkes Bay, that is their home. Swelling but direct, beautiful and uplifting yet intense and hard, this is a band declaring victory over the forces of nature.
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Jeff Boyle (guitar), Maurice Beckett (bass) and Jason Johnson (drums) got together in 1998, to realise a musical vision they all shared. The result is nothing short of a beautiful contradiction; Uplifting yet dark and intense, both sonically massive and delicately complex. Jakob defy definition and while many influences come to mind theirs is a unique sound. A sonic landscape. With two albums, 'Subsets Of Sets' and 'Cale:Drew', under their belts, Jakob continue to explore new musical horizons.
Jakob's first gig was when they opened for Salmonella Dub and Pitch Black in Napier at the local pub O’Flahertys.