Interview: Jane Kakaan
Third Eye Blind music has helped keep her going through a life altering event.
Find out about how her first Third Eye Blind concert was a dream come true and still remains the happiest day in her life..
Lifestyle: Please tell us about yourself. Where do you live? What type of job do you do? What are your hobbies? What are your interests? Tell us about your family, children?
Jane Kakaan: I was born and raised in Nigeria, west Africa. I’m a human rights lawyer. I love to read, mostly history books. Music is my life, I love to sing. I love hiking, taking long walks by the beach. I’m interested in human behavioral psychology, and I spend my life trying to correct injustices, and fight for basic human rights for everyone. Both my parents are alive and well, I have 4 siblings, 3 older brothers, one is a soccer coach based in Malaysia. One is a software engineer based in Hungary. And one is a lawyer based in London. I have a little sister based in Midway, Utah. I’ve never been married and I don’t have any kids. I would love to have a family someday. I try to introduce music to people, hoping it will help them as it has helped me. I’ve created quite a few of Third Eye Blind fans here in my country. And if I ever get married, I’m gonna dance to NEVER LET YOU GO over and over and over again.
Lifestyle: Third Eye Blind fans are all ages and some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind?"
JK: In 1997 when I was nine years old. The first album Self Titled was released. I don’t exactly remember how I heard the first song, because rock music isn’t popular back home, not in the least. It must have been on the radio, on one of the few days where there’s a rock show on, and I heard Semi Charmed Life. I got hooked. I wanted to listen to more songs. I wanted to know about the band, and I remember bugging my parents for weeks on end, that was all I wanted for Christmas, that Third Eye Blind album. I fell in love with the band on that first day, and twenty years later, I haven’t given up, and I don’t want to!
Lifestyle: Do you recall the very first 3EB song you have ever heard? If so what song was it? How did It make you feel?
JK: I think the first one I ever heard was Semi Charmed Life, I was 9. it was upbeat, catchy, fresh, different, it lifted my spirits, it made me want to dance, it made me feel warm inside, and I couldn’t get it out my my head. I had to know more about this band.
Lifestyle: A lot of Third Eye Blind fans love the music in large part because of Stephan’s lyrics. Why do you think that is? What special qualities are in Stephan’s lyrics that make them more like poetry than those of the average songwriter?
JK: Stephan’s lyrics are deep, they make me think, in every song I find a piece of myself, a struggle, a joy, a situation I’ve been in or I’m going through, a beat that I want to dance to, and most importantly, a message I can relate to on a personal level. I think that Stephan’s genius is his ability to connect with the listener. Most time it feels like he wrote that song, specially for me. I think that’s what makes him special, and different from the rest.
Lifestyle: What's your favorite Third Eye Blind album? And why?
JK: My favorite album is the Self Titled debut album . I feel for it the way a mother feels for her first born child. I fell in love with every song on that album, It felt more real, I felt connected to every lyric
Lifestyle: What is your favorite Third Eye Blind song? Why?
JK: My favorite song is Non Dairy Creamer. I think it’s fairly wide, it’s powerful message. It is socially critical of people who, in order to look better end up being completely fake. It is critical of the way politicians spread their prejudices by making a big deal out of gay marriage, how it destroys family values. It apologetically covers the issues America was facing at the time, domestically and internationally; school shootings, the war in Iraq. This is the reference to "mission accomplished’’. I love this song because of the bravery put forth in the lyrics. I love that it has a mellow but catchy tune. I listen to it every single day.
Lifestyle: What is your favorite Third Eye Blind lyric? Why?
JK: My favorite lyrics are to Deep Inside You. In my opinion, this is the most poetic, romantic, sexual, and beautiful song in the world. It is about love, and lust, about having loved and lost, “I’ve never felt alone, till I met you, I’m alright on my own, till I met you” .... those lyrics resonate with me so much, haven’t we all had this feeling? Stephan may have had a different meaning in mind when he wrote those lines but personally what it means to me is that you never know loneliness until you’ve loved, and lost. It is about giving your all to someone, sexually, mentally, physically... It is about acting out of character when you are in love (haven’t we all?)... it is about the ups and downs, the good and the bad in relationships. As far as I’m concerned, these lyrics are the most beautiful work of art.
Lifestyle: What life event/s has Third Eye Blind music helped you through?
JK: I had a life altering incident. I was severely depressed. I was having a hard time at the university, I thought I wouldn’t be able to graduate. I thought my life was over, but these songs kept me going, they put a smile on my face. They always made me feel better. And it helped me through the most horrible time in my life
Lifestyle: How many concerts have you attended? Which concert was the most memorable for you and why?
JK: My first and only 3EB concert was last year during the Summer Gods tour in Salt Lake City, Utah. I happened to be visiting my sister in Utah and I got surprised with tickets to the concert. It wasn’t an accident, anyone who knows me knows how much I love this band, and how I’ve been a fan since I was 9 years old. Growing up in west Africa, I’d always told people I would die happily if I ever got to see the band live. My boyfriend got us tickets to the show. It was the greatest night of my life! I laughed and I cried, it was a dream!
Lifestyle: Tell us about your first Third Eye Blind concert. Describe in detail what this concert experience was like for you.
JK: My boyfriend surprised me with the tickets on the way to Salt Lake City. I couldn’t believe it! I cried uncontrollably, at the same time I laughed, it was all I ever dreamed of growing up in Africa. it was a dream come true. I found a place in the front, and when the band opened with Losing A Whole Year, I almost passed out. Words cannot explain how I felt. I danced, sang and screamed all night. I lost my voice afterwards, and it was totally worth it. The band was even better in person than I imagined. They were amazing. It was my first and only concert. I live in west Africa and don’t have the luxury of attending rock concerts whenever I feel like it. This was so special, he knows how much this band meant to me. I didn’t even know they were coming to Salt Lake. It was a pleasant surprise! The best gift I’ve ever gotten. It was, and remains the happiest day of my life!
Lifestyle: Have you ever had an interaction with the band? In person? Through social media (Twitter, Instagram)? Please tell us about it.
JK: No ,I haven’t. But I would absolutely love to!
Lifestyle: If you were able to sit down and have a conversation with Stephan what would you talk about? What would you like him to know about you?
JK: To be honest I might pass out from the joy of seeing Stephan, but just in case I make it through, I would talk to him about regular things. What is his favorite meal, what are his favorite vacation spots, what are his hobbies, his joys, and his fears. I would tell him about my country, about the people, the culture, the food. I would tell him that he has fans in Nigeria, people I grew up with, listening to his songs together. And I would thank him for the happiest memories of my childhood, teenage years... For the times I struggled...I would thank him, because his music carried me through all of it. And I would invite him to visit Africa, and maybe he could get some more inspiration.
Lifestyle: If you got to have a sit down (non-date) meal and conversation with any member of the band, who would you choose?
JK: Stephan Jenkins. Absolutely!!!
Lifestyle: Fans have established many friendships through Third Eye Blind and their music. Describe how this is true for you.
JK: Born and raised in Nigeria, west Africa, this genre of music isn’t common. I was always the weird one. But it’s all I listened to. One day I was humming Never Let You Go, this kid in the neighborhood asked me, wow, you know 3EB? We became best friends. Most importantly, on one of my visits to the US, I was on a date, we started talking about music, and we bonded over Third Eye Blind. I couldn’t believe it, he knew every song! we sang together, we laughed, we talked about how much of our childhood memories revolved around 3EB music. Then I looked in his eyes, and I realized I had found the Love of my life. We have been together ever since. It’s been almost 3 years. He surprised me with tickets to the concert in Salt Lake City. I cried uncontrollably, it was, and has remained the happiest day of my life!
Lifestyle: What is the greatest thing that being a fan has brought into your life?
JK: Love! I fell in love, because od 3EB. It also happens to be his favorite band, and we bonded over it. I sincerely don’t think it would have happened otherwise
Lifestyle: Have you written any of your own music?
Lifestyle: Do you have any special talents? Artist? Performer? Musician? Please tell us what you do. Have you created anything 3EB related?
JK: I sing.
Lifestyle: What other types of music do you listen to besides Third Eye Blind? What other bands or performers do you follow closely?
JK: I listen to other bands. For example I love Kings of Leon, and Blink 182, but I don’t follow them.
Lifestyle: If you were asked to create a setlist for one of their concerts, what would you choose and why?
Never Let You Go
Deep Inside Of You
Non Dairy Creamer
Losing A Whole Year
Semi Charmed Life
I’d choose these songs because each one represents different things, people, times, and struggles in my life. Each one brings back a memory. These are the ones I listen to everyday of my life.