Trip Jacker

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Lifelong musician & composer. Music producer. Pond5 artist. ASCAP member. Official web site: www.tripjacker.com IG @tripjacker Twitter @tripjackermusic Music available on all major music sites including Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal and SoundCloud. Music featured in Way of the Bubble mobile game, available free for iOS and Android.

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Writing music is my creative outlet and it has always come naturally to me. Producing music, and doing it well, is often challenging, sometimes frustrating and ultimately rewarding when the results are good.

What is your music dream?

I'd love to make a living from my music. I am pursuing different avenues to try to make that happen.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Way above my pay grade. Hard pass.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Not sure I can pick just one. I grew up on oldies and classic rock. I had a very musical household.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Nine Inch Nails, Led Zeppelin, Type O Negative, Smashing Pumpkins, Mac Lethal, Van Halen (classic line up), early Aerosmith, Phantogram, New Order, The Cure. Lots of classic rock, oldies, old school and golden era hip hop, new wave, metal, hair metal and grunge/alternative bands. Too many to list!

What inspires you to make music?

I was born to do this.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

No particular message. I just hope there are people out there that enjoy my music. If it makes someone happy or relaxed or pumped up, then that's all I could ask for.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Not necessarily all that comfortable.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's a travesty that music is viewed as a commodity. Consumers, especially younger consumers, Don't feel they should have to pay for it. Music services pay next to nothing and don't seem to care that without us artists, they would have no music for their platforms. It is great that anyone can produce, distribute and promote their own music with the technology we now have. But that is a double-edged sword as the market is now flooded with content and, quite honestly, a lot of it is not very good. This makes it challenging for talented artists to get noticed. Challenge accepted!

What do you think of Drooble?

Drooble rocks!

What frustrates you most as a musician?

See my answer above concerning the reality today's musicians face.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I go to as many concerts as possible. If the artist is any good I will support them further by buying a CD or a cool t shirt.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

You need to make great music and be a savvy promoter, marketer and business person. You need to know how to navigate social media but not be solely reliant on it. You need to be realistic, persistent and thick-skinned.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

I listen to a lot of indie hip hop from the mid 2000s. There is a whole era of great music that got slept on. A great way to check out these artists is to listen to the Indie Feed Hip Hop podcasts hosted by Dirt E Dutch. He had a knack for finding great artists that were not well known.