We had the good fortune of connecting with CJ Jacobson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi CJ, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I started a band because I wanted an outlet for my creativity. I used to just write songs and record them at home on my laptop but eventually I wanted to start playing shows! Things grew slowly but surely and in this past year we were awarded the album of the year by the Phoenix New Times as well as “best unsigned band in AZ” by alternative press.com
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
We have been very lucky and during that time Alternative Press magazine named us the best unsigned band in AZ however This year especially has been a struggle, mainly because as a band we primarily make most of our income on live performances. With Covid-19 we had to cancel 3 months of gigs as well as push back studio time by 6 months. We had plans to have new music released by now as well as touring and all of that has been put on hold during the pandemic. Wit
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely an evening of jazz at the Nash. Dark hall and El churro hipster cafe for coffee and food. Green for amazing vegetarian food. The van buren because its the best venue in town and valley bar because its the best place to spend underground. Shortleash is a great place for hotdogs and welcome chicken and donuts pretty much says it all. Flagstaff and Tucson are cool places to visit but personally I really enjoy Bisbee, its a spooky little small town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to shoutout Bob Hoag, he has been an incredible producer and sound engineer from the beginning. He has influenced our style, songwriting and arrangements and we consider him a missing member of the band!
Photo by Bryant Redd