And that's pretty much that. People choose to take what they want from them.
These are the collection of stories that I bundled together for this album to give it continuity
and purpose. They are the first stories, and there's definitely a feeling of catharsis and closure.
For that reason, there's not going to be a "Ripping Stories: The Return". It would be a
little bit sad if this sexuality-driven angst propelled all future projects. I'm
past that (as I should be).
The next CD is well underway and it's going in a very different direction. I suppose
there will always be that so-called "controversial" element, because I refuse to
change pronouns so that my more conservative relatives can listen to my music at Christmas
time. I say "he", because I mean "he". "He" was a "he", as it transpired in my life, so
I'm writing bloody "he". That's something I'm not willing to fudge or blur.
OutUK:Is this your first trip to Europe?
Jacob: Not my first, but definitely the most exciting and my first time in the UK. I'm
coming over to perform with the Dresden Dolls. That's pretty bloody exciting!
My first trip to Europe was in 1997 with a high school tour group. I did the
whole "whirlwind sightseeing tour of Europe" thing. I ate a lot and put on a lot
of weight. I learnt how to ask for a Nutella crepe in French. I was 12. Now,
I'm all grow-ed up and am planning to have a lot more fun. London look out.
OutUK: What are your career ambitions?
Jacob: I think my biggest ambition is to really make music my full-time career.
I still work a day job. Pursuing a career in music takes a lot of time and
money, so at times, it feels like I lead a double life.
That being said, I'm pretty good at compartmentalising the "business" side of
music from the writing. I write and play, because I need to.
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