A multifaceted entrepreneur, Jake Trussell is known for his work as a creative director, music producer, and communications strategist.
He's the founder ofMetabolize, a strategic communications agency using human-centered design to digest business complexities into concise stories that engage audiences.
He also founded Mashit, a record label that has produced over 20 vinyl and digital releasesand has earned critical acclaim for its “forward-looking” (URB Magazine) approach “at the crossroads of the … international DJ scene … pushing underground dance culture forward” (Time Out Chicago).
As arecording artist and DJ, Trussell has released 50+ records, composed film scores, and toured the globe. He's been called an “alchemist of sound” by Boston Magazine and a “pivotal figure” by XLR8R Magazine for his innovative recordings and DJ style. The Chicago Reader called his music “clever” and “futuristic” pointing out that he's a “producer of growing influence.”
Trussell serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the Arts and Business Council of Chicago, a nonprofit serving Chicago’s cultural workers and enterprises to ensure community vitality and an equitable creative economy.
For most of the 2010s, he served as Creative Director forChicago’s economic development org. chaired by the Mayor, where he successfully positioned the city as a top global business destination, holding the number one spot for corporate investment from 2013 to 2019.
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