Hulaween Spotlight: Jacob Banks

September 22, 2017Ana Rojo

Nigerian-born, UK-based artist Jacob Banks was not always planning to take on the music circuit but we are definitely glad he did. He always had the musical itch but he decided to take the longer route to discover that he was actually meant to make music.

Having pursued a degree in civil engineering in college, Banks delayed his musical career. At only age 20, Banks was playing music and started recording songs for his friends to listen to and playing open mic nights throughout the city. He then released his first EP Monologue in 2013. After being the first unsigned act to appear on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and his song “Worthy” being featured by DJ Zane Lowe, Banks’ career skyrocketed and was soon gaining notoriety and recognition in the music scene.

Banks’ music has strong ties to R&B and soul all led by his booming and almost vintage-sounding voice. His songs take the grit and emotion from rhythm and blues but add a passionate piano accompaniment mixed with some electronic beats and bluesy guitar riffs. Banks is definitely well-versed in combining different elements from different genres, making his music memorable right off the bat.

Set to release new music and starting a tour this fall, you will be able to catch Banks at this year’s Suwannee Hulaween playing alongside huge acts like The String Cheese Incident, Run the Jewels and many more. Check out his latest release “Unknown (To You)” and make sure to check him out at the festival, which takes place from October 27- 29. Grab tickets here!