Jake, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions with us and dive a little deeper into your musical career.
Q1: Jake, prior to writing music, you played collegiate baseball. Once you had to put an end to your baseball career due to injury, how did you come about the decision to start writing music?
Starting to work on music happened kind of naturally, I had always been interested in poetry and rhyming but had never really tried to putting it to music until I suddenly had all that time on my hands from losing baseball. It started as an escape and just evolved into a passion seamlessly.
Q2: How long have you been writing music for?
I have only been writing music for about a year and a half and have been recording for about a year.
Q3: What have you learned from opening up for acts such as Jay Sean, Mac Miller, and Aer?
Opening up for such major acts my first year doing music has been really incredible. I remember sitting in my apartment last year, never having done a show before dreaming about what it would be like and then it just really started happening. Seeing what it takes to rock a big show and different styles on stage has been a major learning experience.
Q4: How would you define yourself?
As an artist it is really tough to define oneself. I try not to put myself into a box, but if I had to try to explain to someone I would probably say alternative hip hop is my style. I don’t see myself fitting into the typical rap mold and I am definitely comfortable with that.
Q5: Who are some of the influences behind your music?
I am influenced musically by all sorts of genres from alternative rock like iMike Snow and Phoenix, to rappers like Macklemore and Kanye West who continue to push the boundaries of what is considered normal for hip-hop.
Q6: What is the hip/hop scene like up in Burlington, VT at the University of Vermont?
It’s really cool because hip-hop is not necessarily the biggest genre up here, but there is definitely a big group of people who appreciate good rap. UVM is a melting pot of different lifestyles and that is certainly true about the music scene as well.
Q7: Are there plans for some more new music in the works?
I am currently working on both a mixtape as well as an original project which both should come out in 2012.
Q8: If you could pick any rapper in the world to headline a show with, who would it be and why?
I would have to say Macklemore because he really does things the right way. He loves his fans, puts on a dope show, and makes real music.
Q9: You recently collaborated with Reeves from Aer on your new single, Get Down. What was it like working together?
I met Aer last summer while performing at a charity event in Gloucester, MA, and since then we have been tight. They are doing some incredible things musically and constantly inspire me to keep pushing and create a sound that is unique to my style and vision.
Q10: If there was one hip/hop festival in the world you could headline at, where would it be?
I would love to perform at Bonnaroo because I got some people in Tennessee that I haven’t seen in way too long.
Jake, thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Good luck with everything and we look forward to hearing what comes next!