We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Hunt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacob, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’m the sort of person who never needs to go hunting for creative inspiration. There’s always some self-generating melody or image or story bouncing around in my head, begging to be realized. The songs and scenes just show up whether or not I put out the invitation. And it can be a little distressing; mostly because I don’t see how I’ll ever have the time and energy to do justice to all these nagging ideas. Whenever I would start down a more traditional career path, it would always feel false and distracting. Inevitably, I’d be pulled back onto a route where I can exercise my creative muscle, sharpen my technical skills, and, mostly importantly, retain some time to address those persistent demons. So as I see it, I’ve never really had a choice about pursuing art and music.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Right now, my primary project happens to achieve some synergy between my competing impulses as a songwriter, storyteller, cartoonist, and graphic designer. For years I’ve made music with my band, Tracer Metula, and will finally be releasing my debut album, prey/predator, on vinyl. I want the final product to be a true art object, so, among other things, the gatefold sleeve will feature a forty-panel comic strip narrative that corresponds to the song sequence and alludes to the lyrical themes. I’m hoping to imbue the whole package with an indie comic and punk rock aesthetic. After the album is wrapped, my focus will be Rumspringer, a graphic novel about a sheltered Amish teen who runs away from home only to slip into a parallel universe that he assumes is still our world. The plot involves creepy cute creatures, consumer fashion, mind-control, and genocide! Should be a lot of laughs.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’d say my favorite places to visit, shop, and hangout are Little Five Points and East Atlanta Village. I love digging through the used record crates at Wax ’n’ Facts and Criminal Records. Love catching shows at 529, the EARL, and the Masquerade, so I’m ready for the plague to end. As far as dining goes, whenever I have out-of-town guests, I make sure to introduce them to Hankook Taqueria on the westside for the best Korean-Mexican food on the planet!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout absolutely is dedicated to my wife, Sheley. Her unwavering assurance is invaluable to me whenever I’m discouraged or overwhelmed. She fully believes in the beauty and worth of the many projects consuming me. And she accepts and understands the sacrifices often required to enable “the art life.”
Other: www.tracermetula.com www.instagram.com/tracermetula
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