Thursday, March 24, 2011

Artist Interview: Jacob Acosta

Occasionally you cross the path of a person so incredibly passionate about what they do that it’s hard not to feel inspired. While inspiration can be hard to come by for many of us, Jacob Acosta is definitely an exception.

So what’s up with this guy?

“Right now, I find myself plenty busy with Roll Acosta and Race You There. Does the future hold anything more? Maybe, I used to be in three bands, and my mind usually is overflowing with musical ideas. Keep a watchful eye, I would say.”
Race You There's New EP Catalyst Available April 2nd
If he’s not writing, recording, or performing with AZ bands Race You There and Roll Acosta, he’s recording original pieces or popular covers, adding his unique twist. It sounds busy to us, but thankfully he was able to take time and answer some of our questions via email:

AZO: Is this a plan or a hobby?
JAKE: Most people think of my work with Roll Acosta and Race You There as side jobs or hobbies, but I think of it as an investment in my art. I am just waiting for it to slowly blossom.

Roll Acosta
AZO: Any formal training?
JAKE: I’m officially now trained in Music Education, degree-wise, though I used to be trained in hostage negotiations too…I think I am better at saving lives through music .

AZO: What instruments do you play?
JAKE: I play competently: Saxophone, piano, and guitar.
I can whip out at least 2-3 scales on: Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Violin, Cello, and
Double bass.
Can’t do a Bassoon, the fingerings are too tough to remember.

AZO: Do you have a defining moment—where you knew that this is what you were supposed to be doing?
JAKE: As cheesy as it sounds, I do. And believe it or not I was at a Mass for a catholic university when I realized it. That was the day I changed my major from Political Science to Music Ed.

AZO: Which hat do you prefer to wear (writing, playing, vox, production, etc)?
JAKE: I have to say I really love the songwriting process. I love performing my music. I mean it’s kind of a combination of those two really.

AZO: If you were to make the big time, would you stay in Arizona?
JAKE: I might, though I love the beach. So I would probably buy an overpriced house as cost-affordable as I could, closest to the sea.

AZO: Who would be your dream team (living or dead) and why?
JAKE: Rock band Dream team would be, Jim Morrison, the whole band Yes, Neil Peart, John Lennon from the Beatles, Keith Emerson on keyboards, Yo Yo Ma on cello, and Freddie Mercury of course.

AZO: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
JAKE: Hopefully, doing interviews like this from my next touring location in Europe. Maybe opening for a big group like U2. We’ll see though lol.

AZO: What are you currently listening to (in your car/mp3 player, etc)?
JAKE: Totally diggin the new Strokes CD Angles

AZO: What’s your favorite soundtrack?
JAKE: Forrest Gump, hands down, love the classic rock

AZO: Do you have a guilty (music) pleasure?
JAKE: The random catchy Justin Timberlake song.

The first week of April, Acosta will celebrate his second release, The Catalyst EP, with Race You There. Their first release, Acts of Treason, is available on iTunes. Look for updates on their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, or catch them at their CD release:

Saturday, April 2nd
340 E. 6th St
Tucson, AZ
Doors at 9pm

Friday, April 8th
Yucca Tap Room
29 West Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85282
Doors at 8pm

Roll Acosta’s EP, The Dawn, is available for download on iTunes. Catch them on Facebook and/or see them live:

Friday, March 25th
University of Arizona-Cellar Concert Series
Tucson, AZ
6:30pm doors
$5 cover

Saturday, April 30
SKYBAR w/Bare Electric, Raised by Wolves
536 N. 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ

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