Last weekend marked the first instalment of one of the best hip hop music events in the UK: Wireless Festival. Having attended both Birmingham and London festivals, it was a heady mix of stellar music, and unbelievable talent. Speaking of which, I got the chance to interview the charming, Jacob Banks.
Firstly, Jacob is cool. I don't mean relaxed and chilled, I mean the kind of Bill Withers, easy going, ain't nothing but a thang kind of cool. It is echoed in his laid-back, beatnik, style, but mostly his demeanour. Jacob's feet are firmly on the ground, even though he has more than flown the nest of his native Birmingham and moved to London, not to mention been travelling since his being featured on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.
To interview Jacob was candid and honest. He wants to stay true to his music.
Discussing his tour last year with Emile Sande, Jacob said he learnt so much from the songstress; looking after your voice is a skill, and according to Jacob, one he is working on. Claiming Emile always gave a 'consistent performance', Jacob has clearly grown as an artist because his sound, and his performances were on form.
Either way, whatever he's doing, it's working because he smashed both performances in Birmingham and London, and he certainly had me moving with a little soul.
Commenting on his performance, Jacob said it was amazing performing to a home crowd, whilst in Birmingham and sharing his story was a blessing.
As Jacob's star is beginning to rise, he remains, however, humble and true; " I try to make good music, you can't plan success, or your career in the music industry, just let the people decide." Wise words from a decent man.
Finishing our impromptu Q&A, Jacob said he is simply trying to make music that makes him happy, and it definitely makes his fans, myself included, happy.
He smelled good, too. Follow him on Twitter to keep up to date with the soulful singer and see if you can catch him at his next gig.