Today we are sharing the exclusive interview of JaKe X. So, let’s started without wasting any time.
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Q: First of all we want to say welcome to you.
A: Thanks a lot! I’m pleased to be here.
Q: How did you come into music industry?
A: After a decade of studies and introduction to music fundamentals, after learning to play the guitar, the piano, and singing, I began my first own project with a metal band as I was a little more than 20 years old. The following years brought me a lot of satisfaction, personal growth and they have been, in general, a deep but constant fall into art and music. A part of this path was carried out with my bands, another part alone while improving and learning songwriting, music production, and defining what my solo career style would have been.
Q: Who was your inspiration for music?
A: I don’t consider myself “pure”, in this sense. I always felt I’m the union of very different styles (very different) but I always felt that I should find the best way to let them boil inside of me and then breed something which got a hint of everything. I had a lot of inspirations; the most important were Michael Jackson, George Michael, U2, Jamiroquai (for what concerns pop culture). Likewise, Iron Maiden, Angra, Helloween, Dio have been my idols in metal.
A: Q: What is the name of your debut song?
A Ship Sailing Nowhere. The song tells about a specific part of my life in which I found myself by getting completely lost. The experience made me understand the importance and intensity of those moments in which you actually seek nothing, yet you’re free to embrace a new version of yourself. Those are the moments in which your potential reaches a huge expansion and where things actually happen.
Q: Say something about your musical journey?
A: Ever since I started studying music, I used to write. I composed my first song at the age of 13 and I never stopped. My musical journey has brought me to meet and share some unforgettable experiences with artists such as Blaze Bayley (ex. Iron Maiden lead vocals), Jennifer Batten (ex. Michael Jackson guitarist), Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil etc. These peaks have taught me so much, but they gave me a lot of enthusiasm and hype, making me understand that music is all I want to do and to be an artist is simply the way I am. I enjoy so much taking care of the whole process of my music, from jotting down the first lines of my lyrics, throughout the whole music composition, arrangement, mixing and mastering. I find that being both the artist and the producer of myself is very powerful, as the time of creating comes.
Q: Who helped you most in your journey?
A: No one, in particular. I met a lot of wonderful people who left me so much, directly or indirectly. I always tried to take away a “piece” of everyone and everything I felt alike, but I also always thought such journeys are unique for every artist.
Q: Who gave you pieces of advice?
A: I feel lucky cause in general I met people who gave me a lot of advices about the importance of “becoming the artist of yourself”: I mean that nowadays there could be a lot of focus on the marketing side of music (which is tremendously important, undoubtedly) but not on the journey that an artist has to do within himself, in order to create, change constantly and, in other words, see the world differently in order to make art. I’m glad I found people who gave me precious tips about this topic.
Q: What do you do nowadays?
A: Like for anyone else, 2020 has been a weird year. Very few concerts, lots of scheduled things to be postponed and reprogrammed. Though I tried to see the brighter side so I focused mainly on songwriting, producing a lot of material that is there for future releases. Indeed, as the time stops for a while and you can’t go outside at all or as you’re used to do, the time is more than perfect for songwriting.
Q: Let us know something about your future projects
A: In a few weeks I’ll be releasing my fourth single edit in less than a year. It’ll also be the first song published with a video clip, therefore I’m very excited about it. Before the year ends, I plan to publish one more song along with its video. These two songs were worked and prepared intensively and represent an important phase of my career. I can’t wait to share them with the world.
Q: What is your message to your fans?
A: I feel very thankful to them and want to thank them all, by heart. It’s a constant excitement as I get a new fan because of a song they fell in love with, a simple video on my social network where I improvise my singing and in general as they interact with me. The bond that links the artist and the fans can be very powerful and I love taking time to respond to messages, comments and to any interaction. Therefore, especially in this strange year, the message I wish to send them is basically THANK YOU.
Q: Any message for new artist?
A: They might be told that it is difficult, that there are too many people trying, that it all revolves around money, numbers etc. I strongly tell all my students and to all those I produce that it’s always worth trying. A lot of things in life are difficult; that doesn’t mean that one shouldn’t even try. Besides, you can never know what you find along the course of trying. So, study, learn, improve, keep dynamic and just do it!