Meet the Artist: Jacob Hoskins
Name: Jacob Hoskins
A bit about myself:
Music is my life; I live and breathe music culture. When I’m not making music, I’m listening to music or thinking about the next song I will make. Being Mi’kmaq and part Beothuk, I hope to help continue to build a platform for Aboriginal artists.
Musically, I have many influences: Kanye West, Pimp C, Disclosure, Flume, Dr. Dre, and many more. I get inspired more or less from my everyday life and experiences. My favourite songs have come after really good or really bad experiences I’ve had in my life. Also, the people I have around me: Rejected Kings, BAINS., and all the homies massively influence me.
The first album I bought:
The first album I bought was The Documentary by The Game. I remember listening to that on repeat, trying to rap like Game.
The best concert I went to:
SO LOKI, BAINS. and PRADO at Vancouver Art and Leisure earlier this year. Amazing performance from all the acts. R.I.P VAL.
The last concert I went to:
I saw Brockhampton last night. Very hype.
The last song I listened to:
Trap and A Dream by A$AP Ferg. It’s the morning. I need rap music in the morning.
My favourite song of all time:
Riders On The Storm by The Doors. This song gives me the chills. It’s a perfect song.
The one song I wish I’d written:
19:00 by Danger.
My dream gig:
Myself in three words:
Ambitious. Clairvoyant. Stylish.
Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:
In 2014, I was working super hard to make two to four beats a day. I would finish these beats within a day and send them to local artists that I feel would fit with the tracks. One day, I was having a conversation with my friend Mitch about music. He recommended that I spend more time and invest more into one song then try and make multiple. Quality over quantity.
Beatles or Rolling Stones:
What I do to pay the bills:
I work as a full-time cook.
When I’m not making music, I’m …
Thinking about making music.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I’m not afraid to stay within a certain genre or sound. At the end of the day, I just want to make great music. In the coming years, I want to work with more Aboriginal artists. I would love to work with A Tribe Called Red or Drezus.
If my life were a song, the title would be …
I’m calling it November. It’s a concept I have that will become a song for the album that I’m working on. November is a month every year where something happens that will usually define the next year for me.