Jake Trussell is known for his work as a creative director, music producer, and communications strategist.
He's the founder of Metabolize, a strategic communications agency that uses human-centered design to digest business complexities into concise stories and campaigns that engage audiences.
He also founded Mashit, a record label that has produced over 20 vinyl and digital releases and earned critical acclaim for what the Chicago Reader called its “Innovative … clever … futuristic” approach. Legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel chose Mashit as a “Label of the Month” and invited Trussell to mix a session of Mashit tracks for his show.
As a recording artist and DJ, Trussell has released 50+ records, composed film scores, and performed around the globe. He was called an “alchemist of sound” by Boston Magazine and a “pivotal figure” by XLR8R Magazine for his innovative recordings and DJ style. He continues to produce and curate music, and sometimes writes about it at Mood Bling.
Trussell serves as vice chair of the board of directors for the Arts and Business Council of Chicago, a nonprofit organization 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 for Chicago’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.