Jakob Kupferberg

FRESH: ‘It’s (Never) Too Late For Love’ – Jakob Kupferberg

Jakob Kupferberg releases “It’s (Never) Too Late for Love”

Jakob Kupferberg is not your standard singer-songwriter. Inspired by such dissimilar acts as Zach de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) and the late Jeff Buckley – he combines a politically-charged fury about the world’s injustices with a resounding emotional sensitivity.The powerful combination is the soundtrack to a great personal tragedy which has somehow become Jakob’s superpower.

Deeply involved in some of the great issues of our time, Jakob sings about and champions many of the forgotten and underrepresented voices of society, matters which he is also privileged to work on in his non-musical working life. Whether supporting Pacific islanders threatened to be “flushed down the drain” (to quote another one of his songs) of climate change and rising sea levels; mental health among young people; or reducing the real carbon impact of the built environment in the United Kingdom – Jakob doesn’t just want to talk about the issues. He is an agent of change.

Jakob has just released his second single, “It’s (Never) Too Late for Love”, and recently took time out to talk to us about the song and what it means to him: “This song was written during a period where many of the issues facing the world today — hate, bigotry, institutional racism, war, famine and environmental breakdown — were still relatively underrepresented in the global news cycle. I have always – rather cynically one might say – had a love and desire for speaking out on emerging problems that are not a part of the public agenda. Once pertinent issues become mainstream I slowly lose interest and move on to other, forgotten stories that I think the world deserves to hear”.

He continues: “It is this part of me that likes to approach world issues from the perspective of the prophet – not because I have any illusions of being one – but because I think one of the great strengths of art is predicting and framing an irresistible narrative about the future. And now here we are: 2020 turned out far different than anyone of us could have ever imagined or predicted. We still have a long way to go, but in my opinion, no matter how much we f*** up this planet — it is never too late for love. I wanted this song and video to reflect one of the greatest and deepest capacities of humankind; to be resilient and able to show mercy and be actively loving in a time of great crisis”.

Powerful stuff!

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!