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a bit about Jacob
What are you working on these days?
I’m in the midst of finishing off my debut feature-length screenplay. I also recently took down an exhibition of my photography work I was displaying in London’s Soho and just got back from Brazil where I was recording my second album.
What drives you mad these days?
I’m really bored of people complaining, actually. Everyone constantly moans about their lives on Facebook and rather than actively seeking to improve their well being, just grumble. Take action, people! Life’s not perfect, but you can sure as hell do your bit to try and make improvements.
What makes you happy?
Making things fills me with joy. Sure I love hanging out with my friends and partying, but nothing makes me happier than writing a song or a scene or doing a film or photo shoot. I’ve never been good at watching TV or sitting back and doing nothing. Happiness is making in the here and now and in collaborating.
When was the last time you cried?
I tend to cry on every birthday. I don’t know why – I don’t lament getting older – I think it’s just a bizarre reflection of where my life is at (usually romantically)… HOWEVER, I didn’t cry this past birthday – so I guess the last time I cried was when I turned 25. That was pretty wild.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
I’m always a fan of discovering “new” old music – can’t stop listening to Elliott Murphy… though the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed never fail to haunt my sound system.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
I recently saw Soy Cuba on my home projector (which sort of feels like going to the cinema?) and YES it’s wildly fantastic and totally worth the 100% it’s got on Rotten Tomatoes and I understand why it’s so groundbreaking. Watch it. It’s just amazing.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I tend to accidentally buy things for the opposite season because I always feel like I’m on the brink of travelling or am generally repelled by the current season… I love Reign Vintage on Berwick Street – I think it’s London’s best kept secret.
What’s your go-to café in London?
Balthazar in Covent Garden is right by my office and is marvellous. It’s classy and hilarious and a total throw-back. Great for meetings, friends and sometimes pulling out the laptop and writing a nostalgic scene.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through in London?
I never tire of meandering through Soho. It’s constantly exciting and bizarre and feels like a taste of old London, despite its evolution. It’s actually great to wander though in the day, poring over the books and oddities in the sex shops and book shops and record shops and clothing stores; it’s wild. You just need to keep your eyes peeled…
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in London but never actually do?
I adore going to Kew Gardens, but it’s so often so far out the way that it’s just not something that happens. But it’s an oasis of bliss and if you’re blessed with time, I’d certainly recommend going there.
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
They say never to meet your heroes, BUT I’d have to take Jack Kerouac out for drinks at Soho’s French House (despite the fact that he’d drink me under the table…) I can’t help but wonder what he’d really be like – funny, sensitive, wild, placid… I’d choose the French House because it’s the kind of haunt he existed in (I’ve been to several of his choice bars in San Francisco) and I’d like to see the man in his element.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
I’d dash to the charming Rio Cinema in Dalston. They show great late night films and you can go to Kingsland Road before and grab a delicious Vietnamese noodle!
What’s that place in London you feel like only you know about?
My secret spot is Brasserie Zedel, which seems only to be populated by middle-aged people, despite its affordable food and drink prices. It’s a giant, glamorous, Parisian-style Brasserie and often has live jazz playing until late. The drinks are great, the food is tasty (onion soup for us veggies!) and the vibe is fantastic. There’s a great bar in the building, too – it’s a great step back in time.
If tomorrow was your last day in London before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
I’d start by playing a few rounds of bowling at the fab Rowan’s Bowling Alley – then I’d zip over to Mildred’s in Soho for a delicious veggie lunch, followed by an afternoon show on the Strand (I mean, you’re there, you’re there!)… Then bar hopping through Shoreditch before I was down for a scrumptious bite, where I’d grab a late night bagel on Brick Lane at the Bagel Bakery (classic, but eternally yum!) – and perhaps a late night drink at Nightjar on Old Street Roundabout – one of the best speakeasy cocktail bars in town for sure. Great live music, amazing drinks and a fab-o atmosphere!
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
I’d have to be mayor of Westminster. It’s just great and has so much going for it and a continued scope. It’s classic London, yet is ever-changing. Bookish, boozish, kinda classy, kinda not.
What’s the spot in London you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
I don’t tend to do too much clubbing these days, especially in London. I think it’s just become so densely populated and has lost its identity… I sharen’t pin one place in particular down, but I think London’s in danger of its club scene. South is probably your best bet for a good time clubbing these days.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I’d throw a huge party on Hampstead Heath in the height of the summer and get everyone and their dog down for a drink. Just coz.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
I love going to guitar shops and trying out really awesome, expensive guitars I’ll never get the chance to own.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
A pub is always a good way to reflect upon one’s feelings with the progression of the evening… I’m not drinking at the moment, so a pub tea normally throws a weird spanner in the works and really gets me thinking…