In 2001, ‘Evil’ Eddie Jacobson drunkenly put his name down for a gig at his workplace at the time, Brisbane venue The Zoo. Forgetting about the booking with no time to cancel, Eddie threw a set together with some mates and laid the foundations for Aussie Hip-Hop group, Butterfingers. Informed by crowd response, the band developed their sound and emerged with their first single in 2003; finding themselves in a respectable career of industry awards, ARIA nominations and a handful of Hottest 100 placements.
On the back of the single ‘Dancing (To The Beat Of My Own Drum)‘, Butterfingers are due to release their first album in 14 years, Bad News. Reflecting on the last two decades, Eddie told us how he’s navigated the music industry since the band’s ad hoc beginnings.
1. What inspired you to pursue music as a career?
My parents listened to a lot of music and had a lot of musician friends when I was growing up so I was around it a lot. When I showed an interest in it myself they really pushed it so it was kind of a logical progression.
2. Besides making music, what have you done to get to where you are?
These days its nearly everything. I write the songs, I record the songs, I mix the songs, I direct and edit the music videos plus I manage the band as well so that’s a whole other set of jobs and skills. I decided a long time ago that if this was going to work I would have to learn as much as I could so that no stone would be left unturned when it came to the longevity of this band and I have since found that it’s an endless list that really never ends. My advice would be to do the same and then assign some of the tasks to other people you can trust whenever you can afford it but always make sure you know what’s going on.
3. How do you approach developing timelines for your career?
I just load myself up with unachievable tasks then try and work out how to make them happen. Otherwise I don’t do anything. Deadlines are the only thing that keep me focussed.
4. What is the most significant challenge you have conquered in your career?
This album by far. And it’s not done yet! As I said earlier there’s just an endless list of things to do and they’re all important things! Priorities are something you have assess not just daily but sometimes hourly. And while I feel like I’m fast learner and can do anything I put my mind to there’s only a certain amount of mental ram so staging things is super important and I don’t feel like I’ve got that luxury at the moment. What I mean is you can’t be good at everything at once so be good at one thing at a time and batch your tasks wherever possible.
5. What will musicians discover from touring and how should they prepare for it?
You can’t be too highly strung. Everyone gets tired but you gotta save yourself from unleashing on people otherwise you just can’t get through it. I’m talking about on a long tour anyway. If it’s just a weekend thing then go nuts. Tell people how you really feel. 🙂
6. How should people educate themselves on current industry issues?
I learning by simply doing but that really gets me asking people questions. I think it might be my super power. I don’t care how dumb I look/sound, when there’s anything I don’t know or understand I can pretty much walk up to anyone and say WTF without feeling any shame.
7. How have you integrated modern technology into your content process?
Yep. I’m on Facebook. Have you tried it? You can talk to anyone. It’s pretty amazing.
Bad News is set to release on March 30, with Butterfingers supporting the album on an all-encompassing national tour later in the year.
Due to coronavirus, the following dates are due to be rescheduled and any tickets will be honoured on their new dates. Stay tuned for updates via the band’s Facebook.
BUTTERFINGERS – BAD NEWS TOUR (RESCHEDULING IN PROGRESS)
THU, 16 APR 20 | MOJO’S BAR, FREMANTLE, WA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113224
FRI, 17 APR 20 | BADLANDS BAR, PERTH, WA (18+)
Tickets available from https://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=113225
SAT, 18 APR 20 | INDIAN OCEAN HOTEL, SCARBOROUGH, WA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113227
SUN, 19 APR 20 | PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL, BUNBURY, WA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113228
FRI, 24 APR 20 | MO’S DESERT CLUBHOUSE, BURLEIGH HEADS, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113229
SAT, 25 APR 20 | THE TRIFFID, NEWSTEAD, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-album-tour/119387
SAT, 02 MAY 20 | NIGHTQUARTER SUNSHINE COAST, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113231
FRI, 08 MAY 20 | ALTAR, HOBART, TAS (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113232
SAT, 09 MAY 20 | ROYAL OAK HOTEL, LAUNCESTON, TAS (18+)
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/a2d551f0-8f52-417a-a258-3e8ef8578227
FRI, 15 MAY 20 | HOWLER BAR, BRUNSWICK, VIC (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers/119276?skin=4406
SAT, 16 MAY 20 | PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON, VIC (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113234
THU, 21 MAY 20 | UC HUB, BRUCE, ACT (18+)
FRI, 22 MAY 20 | THE LANSDOWNE HOTEL, CHIPPENDALE, NSW (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-album-tour-2020/119288?skin=thelansdowne
SAT, 23 MAY 20 | CAMBRIDGE SIDEROOM, NEWCASTLE, NSW (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113237
FRI, 29 MAY 20 | SHADOWS, MT GAMBIER, SA (18+)
Tickets available from https://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/Default.aspx?Event=113238
SAT, 30 MAY 20 | CROWN AND ANCHOR, ADELAIDE, SA (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113239
FRI, 05 JUN 20 | OTHERWISE, TOWNSVILLE, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from https://moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-townsville/119419
SAT, 06 JUN 20 | GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS HOTEL & RESORT, CAIRNS, QLD (18+)
Tickets available from http://butterfingers.oztix.com.au/?Event=113243