Jesse Ruben :: Keep Art Alive :: 10 Questions Project
1. What music (or other art form) inspires you when you create your art?
I find that my writing changes a lot depending on what I’m listening to. Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of older music. Sinatra, Dean Martin, Chat Baker. But also really getting into the folk guys. A lot of Bob Dylan obviously, Woddy Guthrie, stuff like that. It’s important for me to know as much as possible about the kind of music I make, and what came before.
2. Long distance road trip: what three people do you invite along (fictional or non-fictional, dead or alive)?
Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, and Louis CK. It’s always good to have someone funny on long car rides.
3. What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
My friends and I just had a very long and intense debate about this via text while I was in Germany last month. I’m gonna go with Waffle Crisp, and I’m standing behind that choice.
4. What is one thing that is hanging on your bedroom wall?
Right now, nothing, because I just moved into a new apartment. But the first thing going up is a whiteboard. I like to see all the words at once when I’m writing a song.
5. What smell/scent evokes strong memories for you?
10. The world is ending in ten minutes and you get to listen to one, and only one, song: Which song?
Brutal question. Probably “Pink Moon” by Nick Drake. But only after I spent the first 7 minutes pacing back and forth trying to pick the perfect song.
Editor’s Note: It is the most brutal of all the questions, and one I would dread answering myself. Pink Moon is a stellar choice though. Have you ever covered it?
Pink Moon :: Nick Drake
You can learn more about Brooklyn singer/songwriter Jesse Ruben , and check out more of his music, here at his official website.
Wanna catch him live? Check-out dates here.
This is Why I Need You
Jesse will be releasing his EP, A Reply to Violence, later on this year (watch this space for more about it). The title is inspired by a Leonard Bernstein quote he stumbled upon on the side of a school while walking through the East Village:
“This will be our reply to violence, that we make music more intensely,
more beautifully, and more devotedly than ever before”
I want to thank Jesse Ruben, for participating in the Keep Art Alive: 10 Questions Project.
Please remember to support the art and artists you enjoy and discover – be a part of what KEEPS ART ALIVE by going to shows, buying what you can, and supporting and promoting what you love. ALWAYS.