Jayk is a singer, songwriter and performer who is originally from Wisconsin but is now living and working in Los Angeles, CA. After checking out Jayk’s music and bio we were sure that the interview would be a great, individual piece. Read below to discover which modern day musicians he is inspired by, what it’s like growing up in Wisconsin and what Jayk is hoping to achieve over the next 12 months.
Q: Who are you called?
As long as I can remember I have been called Jayk.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Really, really, really kinda good looking guy/band making Indie/Rock songs that tell stories and make people feel better.
Q: What is your musical background?
My parents were musical people so I got into guitar when I was about 12 years old, and started singing about 8 years later. In college I started a Metal Band, but realized playing in basements doesn’t win you the affection of millions of teen girls. At that point I put the ol’ battle axe to rest and started writing and performing mostly on the acoustic guitar. I’ve since branched out to several instruments, and interesting rock arrangements- that can be heard on my latest E.P. “Everything Ever.”
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
In the last 12 months I’ve done many things including, but not limited to:
-Aging exactly one year
-Releasing my debut E.P. – Jayk, Everything Ever
-Moved to Los Angeles
-Ate several slices of Jack’s cheese pizza.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Anybody who can tell a great story mostly, but I also find myself inspired by strange things like Persian rugs and chair tinsel. A lot of my songs are written about people I’ve encountered on my journeys around the country.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
The Silversun Pickups, Metric, Jonsi, Bon Iver, Bruce Springsteen, Mark Wahlberg.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Jay-Z would be awesome. I have no idea how that would work, but I do know it would make me a lot of money.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Metric- Breathing Underwater, Tegan and Sara- Closer, M83- Midnight City, The Killers- Runaways, Bon Iver- Calgary.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
I probably have one of the weirdest processes out there. I often times will think of a melody for a chorus that is catchy or just has something I think will make it “singable.” Sometimes it will come to me when I’m just going about business like in the grocery store or something and I’ll have to dig for my phone and hum it out into the recorder so I don’t forget. Believe it or not 90% of my songs probably start that way. Once I have a theme or subject for the songs Ill write the chorus and build verses around them.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
They’re both important, but I’m slightly partial to lyrics. If the song is just confusing or has really redundant lyrics I probably won’t love it. I prefer stories instead of just “I love you” pop songs.
Q: Where are you based?
I am currently based in Los Angeles, but have spent my entire life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Arctic. If you aren’t a “cold” person I would avoid spending an extensive amount of time there. You can pretty much make ice cubes in the wind there 6 months a year. The great thing about it is that it harbours the most interesting drinking culture in the US in my opinion. There is basically a festival or holiday to celebrate every two weeks, and everybody celebrates the same way, by getting really, really, obnoxiously drunk. It’s actually super amusing. It has a pretty great music scene too.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on getting some new music together for 2013, and hoping to find new management.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
I had a really incredible time recording my EP at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Its one of those places you always hear or read about in gear magazines and Rolling Stone that is made of pure legend. The people that work there are so great and hospitable, I’ll really never forget how much fun we had there.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
I would like to be out on the road playing and touring with a band. Its been a while since I’ve done all that; would be really great to hop on the festival circuit or something like that. Also, would like to get another EP out soon.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Nothing booked currently.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I play music? Also sleep.
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
Any city that has good people that like to drink beer with me.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Stop Justin Bieber.
Editor’s Note: Jayk is one of those performers whom gives listeners an insight into his personality and energy through his music. We’re looking forward to Jayk’s new material at Song Revelation.
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