We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Masters and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jacob, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For as long as I can remember I have been pursuing my music career. I knew I would be looking to do music for a living as I was graduating from high school and was applying to music schools. From that moment on I knew music was going to be a central focus of my life and identity and that really never changed. Music, for better or worse, is just wrapped up in who I am as a person. My ups and downs are directly linked to how I am feeling about myself as a musician and artist and as a result there really was never an option to do anything else.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an alternative pop artist based out of Los Angeles that was started when I graduated from Wesleyan University. My focus is to combine elements of modern pop and R&B and I am inspired by art pop, nu disco, indie rock and jazz. As previously mentioned, my relationship with music is often connected to my mental health and that at times has made it difficult to continue to push through disappointments and the highs and lows of the music industry. That being said, I feel like overcoming those challenges has been made easier due to the fact that my day job is also in music (film music specifically). As a result no matter what my day to day life is linked to music in some way, and I am often left discovering an entirely new aspect about the art form that leaves me inspired and excited.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The Bootleg Theater and the Echo for a show. Kogi, Night Market, Taco Zone and Woon for food. Echo Park Lake for a jog or picnic. Bar Caló for a nice drink and Crawford’s for a beer. El Matador for a day at the beach.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Marius de Vries is my boss and mentor as a producer and film composer. Matan Koplin-Green is my close friend and fellow producer and artist who I run all of my ideas by. Alix Masters (my twin sister!) who is the main reason I started this artist project in the first place. Sean Eads is the first producer and artist I ever worked with after starting this project. Nick Spreigl is a frequent collaborator and plays drums with me live. Jack Herzog is a visual artist who I have collaborated with on essentially all of my artwork and is a fantastic illustrator and sculpture in his own right.

Website: highschooljacob.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/highschooljacob/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HsJacobmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hsjacob

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYWWikDMkghLKwzmQ-YLg_w/featured

Image Credits
Doma Dovgialo

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