We had the good fortune of connecting with Jaecob Chancellor and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jaecob, how does your business help the community?
I realized early on that music without substance is stale. Not only does it lack entertainment value, but it’s unfulfilling. More importantly, however, I believe vehemently that the world deserves music that offers a positive impact. Early in the pursuit of my career, I thought about what I wanted my music to represent—what potential it has to be meaningful. With this in mind, I constituted the qualities that would act as the plinth of my music. I am a musician who practices and encourages superb communication, support for further education, the continual pursuit of self-discovery, and dignified yet compassionate honesty. I intend always to be aware of and be true to these ideals as I conduct myself as a musician.
The first project I released (Ghost) is a small E.P. that explored themes of depression and the dangers that depression can present–especially as it is oftentimes unseen. Released on June 1, 2020 (a time that many felt burdened by depression and anxiety), the album offered uncompromising honesty and grounded encouragement alike–notably in the track Pendulum.
An abstract concept on the first-dimensional plane
Words woven together exploiting the psyche’s pain
Can existence be more than numbing disdain
Demons and devils may calm, but never refrain
As a pendulum a sway to the other side
Enlightens despite the might of the intelligent mind
A realization faces the peril with eyes humbled and kind
Looks to human connection and to the ghost within
He extends a modest goodbye
The lyrics express the oscillating intensity of depression and acknowledge the low impact of viewing depression rationally. The second verse empowers the concept that through unyielding kindness and honest communication, one has the strength to overcome the difficulties of depression. This project, like a mirror, offered one the opportunity to look inward with honesty and compassion.
During the release of Ghost, I made many attempts to campaign for nonprofit organizations and encouraged my fans to support causes that seek to lift the veil around depression. Unfortunately, my fan base was small, and the campaigns failed. Despite the failure of these campaigns, however, I don’t regret encouraging others to offer help to those who may need it. Moreover, it’s pushed me to reevaluate how I can more practically impact the world around me as a musician.
I continue to write music grounded in my ideals of communication, education, self-discovery, and honesty. I am currently in the process of releasing my next project, Artemis Intelligence & The Reconversion Experiment. This ten-track album follows an A.I. robot as he conducts a scientific experiment intended to simulate and comprehend emotions. The album offers commentary on the complexity of emotion and insight into Artemis’s attempt to understand himself.
I’m very excited about this project. I think the message it offers is exciting, fun, and profound. The album mirrors the steps of the scientific method and incorporates underlying themes of education. To highlight the paralleled qualities of the album, I will be simultaneously releasing the album and sharing interviews with several scientists who actively work in the field.
These interviews will compare and contrast science and art and address the authenticity and fallacies that the album explores. In doing so, I hope to communicate how the scientific method works and how it helps the world.
While writing this album, I wanted to display that education can enrich creativity and vice versa. After all, Einstein famously phrased: Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Presently, I am preparing for the release of the second single from my album, set to release on April 22, Earth Day. Artemis Intelligence & The Reconversion Experiment (where the album gets its namesake) uses symbolism, namely a battery, to propel the album’s themes. Though the single releases on the 22nd, I will begin a marketing campaign (whimsically titled Artemis Intelligence & The Battery Recycling Experiment) the first week of April. The campaign intends to educate others about the proper disposal of batteries and other hazardous materials and to implore people to lessen their carbon footprint.
Artemis Intelligence & The Reconversion Experiment is a dramatic harmony of music and science that embodies the values I aspire to practice and communicate with my art. I hope this project will inspire a joyful perspective on education, a searing passion for emotional comprehension, and more.
As an emerging, independent musician, I realize my impact may be small–but my efforts are not. Every day I work diligently to create enjoyable and meaningful music. Music that offers a space to disconnect from the stress of day-to-day life. But, most importantly, music that offers superb communication, support for further education, the continual pursuit of self-discovery, and dignified yet compassionate honesty. With these values, I strive to help the community and the world one thought-driven song at a time.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am immensely excited to share my next album, Artemis Intelligence & The Reconversion Experiment. The album is musically creative, emotionally intelligent, insightful, and utilizes advanced compositional techniques that renounce conformity. I’m excited to feel confident in my music. I’m excited to witness the growth I’ve made as a musician. And I’m excited knowing that my music has depth. I feel like if I were to travel back in time and show this album to my younger self, he would become electrified with pride and inspiration. It’s an important thing, I think, to reference the goals I’ve set when I was younger and acknowledge the achievements I’ve made since then. It feels validating–which is a rare, fleeting feeling.
As I release Artemis Intelligence & The Reconversion Experiment, I think I most desire listeners to appreciate the idea of accepting and embracing one’s emotions. I truly hope to inspire listeners to question their perception of emotions and consider that there are no “good” or “bad” emotions–only emotions. And to also contemplate that emotions should be respected and embraced as it is a fundamental part of one’s identity.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Denver, and the surrounding areas, have countless hotspots of culture and entertainment. I greatly enjoy spending hours at The Denver Art Museum absorbing the colors, textures, and diverse techniques of renowned artists from around the globe. The museum frames–so to speak–exquisite and profound works that stretch across the entire spectrum of genres. For example, The Age of Armor, which opens on May 15, 2022, is an exhibit at The Denver Art Museum that my friends and I are looking forward to attending. I’ve loved frequenting the art museum since I was a child and still enjoy spending time with friends there today. Red Rocks Amphitheater is another excellent area to spend time with friends. From concerts and movie screenings to exercise classes and picnic sites, Red Rocks is one of the most enjoyable places to visit in Colorado–while the weather is warm, of course. I’ve enjoyed countless concerts with my friends at Red Rocks, notably Young The Giant concerts. My friends and I commit to attending every one of their shows at Red Rocks.
Finally, Colorado has an exquisite food culture. My friends and I enjoy exploring the various cuisines that Colorado offers. Cuisines like the authentic Japanese ramen at Domo Japanese Country Food Restaurant and Sukiya Ramen and the sophisticated Italian dishes at Il Posto. Unfortunately, however, one of my favorite restaurants in Denver, Vesta, closed during the peak of COVID-19.
My friends and I love the culture, cuisines, and entertainment that Colorado provides.
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?
I’m very grateful to be supported by my family and friends, but my biggest support comes Ben Ramirez, my fiancé. Ben has always been encouraging and kind when I fail to remember to be kind to my self. Thank you Ben for all of your love and support.