We had the good fortune of connecting with Rich Jacques and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rich, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
I’ve always disliked when people say success requires hard work. They say it as if the “struggle” creates something. In my mind, if you’re forcing something you’re doing the wrong thing with the wrong people. And the reason I say this is because when I’m inspired to do something I can put in 14 hour days and never run out of energy and be excited to go the next day and do more. When it feels like “work” I’m exhausted after a half hour, and it’s never the best outcome. I think the real message is find what you love that gives you true enthusiasm. You will give it your all but it will never be forced and never feel like work.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m proud of the last record I just put out. It felt like an artistic achievement. I’ve been trying to make that record for over 10 years and it just never worked. And then, I think from so much more experience working with other artists on the songwriting and production side, I slowly started to learn from a different angle how to approach things. It’s always fascinating watching other artists work. You pick up a lot along the way. 2 of my favorite artists to work with are Tienus (gold Kimono), and Rob Giles. They really taught me the channeling side of songwriting. And I think I really got a feel for it through them just from osmosis.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think the general tour would be…. Malibu, maybe stop at nobu or the reel in. Stop at zuma beach. Would take them to the observatory and then dinner in laurel canyon at Pace. Would definitely go to dan sung sa in korea town and than stop at Holy Roly ice cream after. Would show them some of the amzing hiking trails which are everywhere. Would go to the Hollywood bowl, and than afterwards walk down to the vibey bar at the best western down the street that is always playing the songs of the artist that just played. And of course venice beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My professional journey started out right out of college, and my first experience in a studio was with RicK Witkowski in Weirton West Virginia. I was amazed that this was something someone did for a living and he was so kind and experienced and brought such joy to the process. It really cemented in me that this is what I wanted to do.
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