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Jacob Banks hasn’t been making music for long but, in the short time he has been in the game, the stylish, soulful singer has managed to earn a reputation befitting his sizeable stature. So, on arriving back in the UK from a stint at SXSW, we caught up with the songsmith to talk personal style, influences and being a 20-something today.
style file interview with jacob banks asos

What influences did you have around you that shaped your music?
My family aren’t that musical. I’m the oldest of the kids and my siblings are into music now, but growing up there was no music around the house. There was music around, but there was no love to it. I think the first pop culture song I heard was a Westlife album. I was born in Nigeria so I was living there at the time. I found Westlife and they kind of set me on this path and I fell in love with music. I’d also watch Disney films and loved how the music would help tell the story. So that was my first introduction to music. 
Do you feel your style helps craft your identity? 
Yeah, I think music has always been very visual for me. I’ve always married music with what it looks like. The same thing with style; I feel people dress like their beings. Like it’s an extension of who you are. What you choose to wear tells a certain thing about you, a certain level of how you see life. What you wear can speak on your behalf before you actually open your mouth.