Interviews STARE

J. Bannon (CONVERGE) interviewed by

1 min read

CONVERGE‘s Jacob Bannon was recently interviewed by



Which came first for you in your life: music or art? And how do they influence one another?

Likely visual art, as I was interested in drawing and things when I was very young. Music followed quickly behind of me. I was fortunate enough to be part of the last generation that directly engaged by music through physical media (cassettes, vinyl, etc). Because of that, the attention that I would give the bands I enjoyed was very focused. I would obsess over the details of their efforts. That experience definitely helped shape how I choose to approach creating music and visuals. As to how they influence another, I see them as one in the same. They are both related forms of expression.

How long have you been making a living as an artist and musician? What was the last “regular” job you held and when was it?

I’ve been working full time since I was around 17 years old. To put myself through college I use to build, repair, and deliver furniture. I started doing basic design jobs for a regional alternative newspaper while I was in college, and soon after started designing records.

Currently, I do a lot of things to get by. I am a freelance artist/designer where I work for clients in the independent music world. I am a fine artist and I create a variety of visuals through that which I offer to the public. I am a solo musician (under the “Wear Your Wounds” name) and a founding member of Converge. I am the co-owner of the Deathwish label, where I release and promote the music of bands we believe in. I am a partner in a Vintage Decor Gallery alongside my wife. And lastly, I work for the State of Massachusetts as a Licensed MMA Judge. I see all of those things as “regular” jobs though they are all entrepreneurial in some fashion. I couldn’t make a living doing one specific thing, but the mass of it allows me to exist for the most part.

Go here to read the rest of the interview.

Previous Story

ABSOLUTION interviewed by Noisecreep

Next Story

SHEER TERROR interviewed by OiOiMusic