WATCH: Jacob Lee – Zen Video
Jacob Lee, the independent singer/songwriter based out of Gold Coast, Australia, shared the music video for “Zen” on July 26, premiering on Youtube via his own label Philosophical Records. The video for “Zen” was written and directed by Jacob Lee and produced by Moonboy Entertainment.
Jacob Lee has released four independent projects since his debut, 10 track album Philosophy, released in 2015, accumulating over 140 million streams across digital streaming platforms. Jacob has deliberately flown under the scope of the industry, engaging with fans in a manner that has created a community & social network all artists desire.
With an appetite for creation & an aptitude for words, Jacob has found himself the landing pad for a myriad of international artists, becoming the primary melody-writer & lyricist for the likes of Will Sparks, Reece Low, Marco Farouk, Tom Enzy, Buzzmeisters, Trifo, Swede Dreams & more.
Having sold out shows across Europe and the UK in January 2019, Jacob Lee is set to return in September, 2019. His tour kicks off with a show at London’s Camden Assembly on September 16 and includes a performance at the renowned Reeperbahn Fest.
Born in Southport, Queensland, Jacob acknowledges his father, a bassist and vocalist, as an early musical inspiration. Writing stories & playing music is something Jacob has always felt a calling toward and Jacob’s aspirations to become an author will soon be made manifest with Jacob Lee’s Book of Lyricism (Vol 1), launching throughout 2019, as well as an abundance of visuals, international touring & perhaps even another full-length record.
Although he adores a variety of genres and is in awe of a multitude of artists, Lee has never made attempts to mimic the sound of any other. His sound can, however, be likened to that of James Bay, Calum Scott and Sleeping At Last. Chatting closely with Music Matters Media, Jacob explains, “I wish to be the most profound writer in music”, and in just a few more years, he very well may be.
The video for “Zen” sees Jacob Lee exploring metaphors for the mind. Cinematic in style, the video is a pleasure to watch and analyze in tandem with the tracks poetic and symbolic lyrics. There is a depth to the content that evokes feelings of restlessness, anxiety and uncertainty, however, it is clearly communicated that this is only a channel to a greater state of being and a stronger sense of self. “Zen” sees Jacob, quite literally, finding himself and, in the process, freedom from artistic constraints.
With regards to the music video for “Zen,” Jacob had the following to share,“‘Zen’ is a song where I finally come to terms with my purpose. It speaks of my capacity to write about others & how I feel as though I’m able to tap into a consciousness far from my own. The lyric is shaped around self-discovery, hope & wonder as I describe the process of writing from another’s perspective. The verses of ‘Zen’ could almost be described as an ambiguous blueprint for how I feel when I write music, even though it’s largely metaphorical. I understand that artists harbour an aptitude for creativity, & sometimes we confuse it with spirituality or something metaphysical. I’m not convinced anything otherworldly is going on when I or anyone writes music, I just like exploring the concept.”
“The music video takes a slightly different route, acting as a visual representation of my wish to converse closer with my subconscious. In the clip, we see a naive version of myself deep in a maze, whilst the other dwells alone throughout a mansion. My hope was to portray my regular self as lost & confused, while the other radiated a sense of wisdom. I wanted there to be a mysterious distance between the two initially, though ultimately they would connect & the innocent version of me would be shown the way & lead onward. “Zen” was the last song to be written for the record & acts as a stepping stone for the following single, “Artistry.”
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