Interview: Jacob Westfall

Hello. We love your song “Burn Me Down”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
Burn Me Down” is written about addiction – written from the perspective of my co-writer’s experience with substances, and my addiction to an unhealthy relationship. We chatted a lot about how too much of anything can burn the house we create down, and that’s what lead to the title of the song.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
A poet friend of mine put my music into a genre: “Tender-Rock Singer-Songwriter” with influences of John Mayer, Bon Iver, Passenger, and more.

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
I love spinning a lot of plates, and music has helped me with a love of theatre as well. Some highlights include going to Hollywood Week on American Idol (S1 ABC) and having a moment with Katy Perry, performing a blind audition of The Voice (S12), and a short cameo on Portlandia! (S9). I still would absolutely love to open for a major artist on an arena tour, but who wouldn’t?
Maybe dinner with John Mayer?

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?
I could only dream of opening for an act like John Mayer, Passenger, Phoebe Bridgers, or Allen Stone– hopefully that dream can turn into a reality someday.

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
I’ve currently been on a healthy dose of Phoebe Bridgers and a few indie artists like Patrick Droney, Leif Vollebeck, and Brothertiger.

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