Giakob Lee – Norman Music Festival
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
I am a very open and relatable person and work very hard to connect with people on many different levels. I have many hobbies and pursue the things I love with great passion. I am a hard worker and I take pride in what I do. My music is honest and I’ve always considered it more of a journal for me. I write to help myself cope with the ups and downs of my life. I share my music in hopes that others may do the same.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
I would probably say right now one of my favorite songs to share with people is called Learning As I Go. The second verse is an admission that I am someone who isn’t the same after all that I’ve been through over the past couple of years. It is also a promise that I am not giving up.
“It changed this time, I try to be a man and hold my head up high, but when I see the ones I love, deep down they know that the fear has become to much for me to hide. How do you build a whole new life? Well I’m not giving up, here on the bottom, I think it’s sad enough that the same way you got em is the way you lost them. No, I’m not giving up, here on the bottom, but I’ve had enough. I still learning as I go.”
3. What’s your song writing process?
I almost always write the instrumental music and melody first, followed by lyrics that come to mind based on how the music makes me feel. I also almost always write the hook first and follow with the verses.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
Since I am new to sharing my music publicly, I was thrilled with the invitation. Norman’s music scene is stacked with talent and I have been lucky enough to watch and play with many of the songwriters in the festival.
5. In general, what inspires you?
Lately, I have been inspired by the level of musical talent we have here in the State of Oklahoma. Two of my closest friends in music, Isaac McClung and Kirk Saffle, inspire me every time they take the stage. Being next to these artists and seeing their amazing talent first hand, has helped me develop my craft even further. Inspiration is the greatest form of motivation.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
I would go to Japan. I’ve always loved Japanese Culture, particularly the food. I would love to see it all.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
I am going to spend as much time as I can watching the other artist during the event. I’ll probably end up at The Deli at some point.
8. What else you want the public to know about you?
For now, let’s just start with getting them used to how my name is spelled, “Giakob” Lee.
9. What do you think should be the Twelfth Wonder of the World?
Hosty, enough said.
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
I was lucky enough to visit England, France, and Italy in college. Learning how to get around and communicate was very scary but it was one of the most fulfilling trips I’ve ever been on. Personally: Our family vacation in the mid-70s in our VW van. We drove all the way to Acapulco and back, camping the entire time. Good times and rough times.
The twelfth Norman Music Festival is on April 25, 26, and 27, 2019. Read more interviews from performers in the festival -present and past- through here. To learn more about the festival, check out Uncovering Oklahoma’s NMF page.