INDEPENDANT ARTIST JAKE DAVIS CHATS TO ME ABOUT HIS NEW EP ‘THE VALLEY’ , CHECK OUT WHAT WAS SAID!

What is your name?Jake Davis 

What is your genre of music?
Pop

Give us a little bio about you.
I’m Jake Davis and I make music. That was little. 

What made you go in to music?
I heard Paul McCartney scream on “Can’t Buy Me Love” and it seemed like a fun thing to do.

 Are you signed?

Independent as of now 

Your releasing your new single Saying It Right’, what’s the meaning behind the title.
Saying It Right is a song that’s all about questions. Actually every sentence in the song is a question. There aren’t any answers because it’s capturing that intermittent feeling between being an idiot and realizing you are one.

Take a listen below;

 You have a NEW EP called ‘The Valley’, tell us more about that.

I was born and raised in Sherman Oaks, which is the San Fernando Valley. I have a lot of 818 pride. I just think it’s the best place on earth. It allows all the access you want to all the great things about LA, without having to be constantly immersed in the fake hollywood-ness of it all. There’s a saying in LA that everything’s 20 minutes away, and I’d like to keep it that way. I also think the Valley influences a lot of the record lyrically because there’s not a whole lot to do out here, so it’s easy to get stuck in your own head over-thinking things. The record will be out everywhere on August 25th.

Tell us more about the other tracks.
I think it’s a good mix. “I Won’t Come Back” is similar to Saying It Right in the sense that it’s mostly electronic and a big steady beat. Other tracks like 4AM are more complex and showcase more guitar playing, because that’s a lot of fun for me. The second single “So Le Me Go” is my favorite track. It’s a hard hitting rock song with smashing drums and I’m all about smashing.

Which one was the hardest to write and record?
I don’t really have a hard time writing songs. If I can’t write it in 15 minutes I figure it’s probably not a good idea and throw it out. Good songs really do write themselves. To record probably 4AM was the hardest because there’s a lot of complex guitar stuff going, and also harmony stacks. I record all the vocals myself and in that song there can sometimes be 15 or 20 voices at once.

Will you be heading out on tour or any gigs coming up?
Right now my only gig scheduled is August 25th 6:30pm at the Santa Monica Pier. We’re opening for the Twilight Concert Series with Cibo Matto and Save Ferris. It’s a big one. Once we’re done with that we’ll start putting together shows again.

If you could collaborate with any UK artist who would it be?
I think it’d be fun to make some crazy rock track with Ed Sheeran. He doesn’t head in that direction much so that’d be new.

If you could collaborate withy any USA artist who would it be?
Bruno Mars.

Where is your dream venue or festival to play? 
I’ve gone to Coachella most of my life so that would be nice.

Do you play any instruments?
The basics: guitar, bass, piano, drums. I can get away with some mandolin or ukulele. I also got a harp recently. 

Who are your influences?
Musically my influences are everything so that’s not worth much. I try to listen to at least one new album all the way through everyday. I’m more influenced by people’s work ethic and intellect. I don’t really watch TV, just interview’s on YouTube. Lately I’m fairly obsessed with Elon Musk.

 How do you get inspiration for all your tracks?

I don’t write a song unless I hear a melody in my head. Out of everything else that’s the best indicator I’ve found if it’s going to be something worth writing. I’ll never sit down and plan to write a song.

 Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?

Doing what I’m doing now, making as much music as possible.

 When you’re not doing music, what do you do?

It’s rare that I’m not. I watch a lot of interviews like I said. Play tennis. Boring stuff.

 What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene? 

The song “re:stacks” by Bon Iver got me to start writing a lot more.

 What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

Oh I don’t know. Maybe: “hey you should try some ranch with those fries.”  

 What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?

Just write the songs you would want to listen to in your car. It’s that simple.

 What quote or saying do you always stick by?

“1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10” -Brian Wilson

Where is the best place to visit in your hometown?
My studio of course 😉

 When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget? 

-Something to wipe the sweat off, crucial.

-Band members, it can happen.
-Set lists, simple but often overlooked.
-Pre-show pep talk is essential.
-Post-show food plans are also essential.

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