There’s no doubt that music around us has changed with sounds that can’t simply be placed in one category, and that very tune can sometimes be defined by the emotions we feel, the rhythm, the vibes and killer people you surround yourself with. The Melbourne, Australian quintet band Jakubi provides the perfect combination of it all. After rocking out with the Epic Records Label new artists group at their exclusive rooftop listening event at Time Inc. for their new EP “61 Barkly,” we sat down with band members Jerome, Jacob, Jesse, Adam and Rob for an all access interview.
Q: What’s the inspiration behind 61 Barkly?
A: 61 Barkly is where we all met (which was Jesse and Adams place) It was the best house, fun memories. Everyday kind of fun, music, hanging out. It was the start of something that we didn’t know was going to happen says Jacob. Everyone always found themselves there.
Q: What sort of music do you guys want to get your audience to see when it comes to Jakubi?
A: Jerome replied “correct me if I’m wrong, FEEL GOOD AND DANCE.” We want our fans to let go, feel good and just dance the night away.
Q: Who are your music Inspirations? Who do you all look up to the most when it comes to music?
A: Lead singer Jerome replied: Honestly to me like for a personal thing I think these guys, I didn’t play, Piano, Guitar, I didn’t sing, from my brother teaching me how to produce Adam and Jesse teaching me guitar and other instruments and every day we Jam.
Q: So you all wouldn’t put yourselves in one genre?
A: No. Pop, Rock, Soul, R&b, Hip hop, you name it is truly Jakubi.
Towards the end of our interview we found ourselves joking and having a clear understanding of how to pronounce the group’s name Jakubi (JA-KOO-BE). They enlighten me on a concert they did in Japan where a Japanese girl said that in Japan that means Nipples. Rather its hanging out or chilling the band always finds a way to vibe out and create sounds unheard of. Something as small as getting together on 61 Barkly started a movement for these guys that found the love of 500,000 fans on soundcloud in 2012 and to now be signed to Epic Records releasing their ground breaking EP “61 Barkly” with the latest single Nobody Better. These young stars are kicking of their tour starting the fall season. Work hard in silence; let success make the noise and in this case let the music make the noise in a new genre of music that is Jakubi.