The Brink: Jacob Banks
“Music means home to me, the comfort of knowing I’m not alone.”
It was winning the MOBO Unsung competition that really threw the singer/songwriter into the forefront of the music industry; much of his earlier beginnings were foreseen by musician Plan B after a studio session with the singer/songwriter. Jacob Banks can be described as an old soul infused with sounds of the new generation (although he would like to be described as “…a young jerk chicken connoisseur”) – still in his early 20’s he adopts a somewhat ‘mature, soulful’ sound which can be heard by many musicians almost twice his age.
“Aretha Franklin once said that it’s an artist’s job to reflect the times and I’m trying to do that even with my old man voice.”
In 2013 Jacob became one of the first unsigned artists to appear on BBC Radio 1’s iconic Live Lounge, he went on to work with the incredible Chase & Status as well as touring with Rudimental and Alicia Keys. Rewind to a much simpler time to when Banks was in his younger years, he found great comfort in listening to an eclectic range of musicians; Fela Kuti, Lagbaja, Kanye West and Al Green were just some of the talent that influenced his interest into pursuing a musical career of his own.
“My goal is to inspire a generation to remove this stigma on how music must be made and what it should sound like.”
With this goal in mind Jacob Banks – now onto his second EP (The Paradox), releases innovative video to track ‘Monster’ which features lyricist Avelino and is produced by Show N Prove. This track is the perfect example of the previous description mentioned – ‘an old soul infusing sounds of the new generation’. Jacob incorporates soul, trap/Hip Hop all into one unique sound – his sound and features an artist who is currently just one of many representing a whole ‘new wave’ of musicians in the UK rap scene. Other potent rappers Jacob is fond of and is keen to collaborate with range from; Little Simz, Loyle Carner, Young Reeks to Mo Stacks, Yungen and Giggs – interesting array of artists, one can only imagine the types of music that could be made with anyone of these musicians.
Banks had described Monster as being about a moment in his life where he had to comprehend that at times you just have to take what you want regardless if you want to or not; sometimes it’s just the only option available. His thought process behind the video was merely the premise of just having fun…
“The video was fun to shoot because we weren’t supposed to be in the car park where it was shot, I felt like a grime MC which was always a dream of mine”.
Jacob Banks will continue to create music that doesn’t subject him into one category whether he chooses to make a profound RnB ballad, an up-tempo pop track or whether he simply chooses to lay down some vocals on a ‘gritty’ trap beat…
“I’d like to be the breh who challenged the norm and won”
it’s this innovation that predicts nothing but a greatness for this singer/songwriter in the foreseeable future.
Words Fiona Frimpong