iakopo's undeniable journey to the top Image

by Biko Kennedy

Reaching international success in Japan, iakopo (yah-koh-poh) now seeks to introduce himself to the western world by way of his new single "Supernatural".  Immersing himself in the soul and vibes of reggae, while respecting the music which has shaped his career, iakopo's journey to the top of Reggae lovers' radar seems inevitable.

JAmusic: Some of the most genius artistes have thrived when taking chances and innovating. How important/present is that on the Reggae soundscape today; from what you've seen and that might have help in composing your singles? 
iakopo: It's about being original. I think some people don't think it is so they imitate what they hear, so taking chances for me is being yourself, thinking outside the box and challenge the expectations. It is important. Music can move forward without taking chances. Music is free for you to do whatever you want with it.

JAmusic: What’s that one factor that influences your writing sessions? iakopo: It all depends on the way the music makes me feel. I prefer just to be alone with my guitar letting lyrics come to me naturally.

JAmusic: How much can you see your musical growth since its inception? Well production wise the quality is better. iakopo: My writing has grown from slang to universal English. I sing more songs about love and life and the environment.

JAmusic: What's the biggest risk you've taken artistically; one that went over surprisingly well and one that might've gone over people's heads? 
iakopo: Honestly going to Japan was a huge risk. I went from being a band to solo artist and most recently I infused more Pop into my music like with my single "Tonite" and surprisingly everything worked.

JAmusic: When you got into the music business where did you think you'd be today or where did you see yourself fitting in at the moment? 
iakopo: Professional baseball. When I was younger I was passionate about music and sports, as I got older my heart just went deeper into music. But definitely I'd be plying baseball lol.

JAmusic: What's the purpose on your musical journey? What's the message you're trying to give? 
iakopo: I want people feel good. Feeling the good vibes, inspired, uplifted and empowered!
What's one song that you hold close to you because of a particular line or better yet what's the most philosophical quote you've heard in a song that you hold close to your heart?
iakopo: My favorite is The Beatles "All We Need Is Love" as humans we think we need all this materialistic things, in this world of vanity and competition and at the end of the day, all we need is love.

JAmusic: With success comes a lot of negative feedback, how do you react or deal with negativity?
iakopo: I just take everything with a grain of salt. Plain and simple with such a diverse that I have there is no way you can put me in a box, I have seen and heard it all. I just turn negative energy into positive energy.

JAmusic: What kind of future plans have you set for yourself as an artiste (to accomplish and maintain)? 
iakopo: My future plans are just to continue to flourish my artistry in a positive light. Tangible plans would be to release an album later this year and future plans a movie of my journey.

JAmusic: What insight can you give on the power of music and its ability to communicate certain messages verbally and non-verbally? And what do you think your music represent? Music is a universal language.
iakopo: Music is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, it's energy it effects our moods, it can change our thoughts. My music is peace, happiness, joy.

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