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With fresh sounds, Jacobi Ryan answers ten questions in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session to get to know them before the festival. Jacobi Ryan will perform at Brewhouse on Friday, April 26, 2019, at 9:20 pm.

1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?

Authentic. I read Bruce Lee’s biography and he mentioned that he himself didn’t like the social construct of “having a style” or being categorized because of how much he personally valued growth. The nuances that come with growth don’t allow me to put myself in a box or have a decided description. My goal is to stay authentic and grow – and that’ll come with trying new things and developing what I am now. But for the question’s sake — I’ve been told my sound resonates somewhere in between Big KRIT, J Cole, and Jay Z.

2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?

That’s a really good question. I’d say either Power to Gain, All Time High, Long Time Coming, or Lawton View (slight song plug(s)).

3. What’s your song writing process?

I let it come to me naturally. Once I hear a beat that speaks to me and resonates with my soul I begin the writing process. I don’t take credit for my work because most of it is done under the influence of inspiration – which I can’t control (hence why I try not to take too much credit). A definition of the word “genius” is a divine spirit. I believe when I’m inspired I’m being used as a vessel by a divine energy. It’s hella spiritual now that I think about it. My personal signature is my headphones around my neck. I got into the habit of always wearing headphones because I wanted to make myself available to inspiration whenever it decided to pull up on me and get some work done. I write everyday. Whether or not it’s always something I like and release — that’s a different story.

4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?

I appreciate the people behind it taking the time, energy, and effort to create a platform for artists, especially with it being for free. Oklahoma generally seems to neglect a lot of its original music artists for cover bands & artists/DJs. I think it’s dope that those original artists get a platform on a stage as valuable/credible as NMF. Since it’s free it gives people a chance to get out and discover the greatness they got living right next door to them. So I appreciate it for sure. Now on the otherhand, how NMF deals with Hip Hop artists – I’m conflicted. I’m aware of the pressure that Oklahomans – who believe what they like is what everyone likes – put on the committee. Oklahoma generally seems to still demonize/condemn Hip Hop. NMF is in a difficult position where they gotta serve the demand of their state while also respecting cultures the people they serve may not yet fully understand or be aware of. I think it’s also important to showcase the artists who best represent true Hip Hop culture – regardless of politics.

5. In general, what inspires you?

My vision and my growth. I have a vision I believe is my purpose. The journey that comes with that vision naturally inspires me everyday. I’m grateful for the opportunity – to have that is inspiring in itself to me.

6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?


7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?

Fuzzy’s is always a go to spot. Outside of that I’ll be checking for conferences/panels to hit and discovering other artists.

8. What else you want the public to know about you?

I’m dropping a new song, podcast, and music video every week all 2019. You can keep up at 52in365.com

9. What do you think should be the Twelfth Wonder of the World?

Hip Hop.

10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?

Working a 100% commission business for two years. Bruh.

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 our NMF page.

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Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at DennisSpielman.com