What is your name?
Jake Thomas Turnbull
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’ve played music since a young age, playing all different styles and genres for years before I went to uni. After uni I moved home and spent a year playing shows all over the north east before making the move to London. Since then I’ve released 4 singles and played some awesome gigs down here.
Tell us more about your music.
I played guitar since I was 5, doing my classical grades, then my electric and jazz grades too. Since then I was in an array of different bands, indie/jazz/orchestral. But my own music was always very singer-songwriter. I’ve recently started introducing more of an electric feel into my recordings and putting bigger productions on, but I love gigging because it’s then just me and my guitar again.
You have released your single ‘Fire’ , tell us more about it.
This was a song about burning bridges, with people I’ve been burnt by before.
What was the writing process like?
This was a co-write with a friend of mine, Paul Worthington, it was quite a quick process because I knew exactly what I wanted to write about and where I wanted the song to go.
What was the recording process like?
The songs quite simple in a way, Paul and I knew what we wanted to do with it pretty early on which always helps!
Tell us more about the naming process.
I always just give a song a quick name when I first write it and plan on changing it at a later date, but then end up just leaving the name as it is by the end!
Will you be releasing a Album?
I’m looking at putting together an EP this year
If so what can we expect from it?
You can expect a mixture of some more electronic and bigger production songs along with some stripped back acoustic numbers.
Do you have any gigs or a tour coming up?
Yes, I’m playing at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 2nd February
What else can we expect from you?
Lots more music and gigs next year!
Are you a signed?
Who are your influences?
I spent a lot of time learning songs by The Kooks, James Blunt, Ed Sheeran and Eric Clapton to name a few. I’ve also been heavily influenced from all my classical and jazz tuition from when I was younger.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Hopefully touring the world!
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I work as a trainee-accountant, so either studying but also playing sports, as I also play rugby and football.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
I’m from a small town in the north east so I’d played all the decent venues by the time I was about 16! But I’d love to play a big show at the Metro Radio in Newcastle.
Would you be up for collaborating with an unsigned artist or band? If so how can they contact you?
Yes I’d love to, I try to write with new people whenever I can, I always answer any messages on social media.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
There’s so many! I used to love playing Fall at Your Feet by Crowded house when I was young, and still occasionally play it at gigs now!
Where is your dream festival to perform?
Glasto for sure
What made you go in to music?
My Dad was a guitarist in bands when I was younger, so I just always wanted to play guitar. So when I was 5 I got one and did all my grades, from there I did piano and drums, and ended up in various bands.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Give it everything
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not just about the industry also just as an artist/band?
I guess also just give it everything, you need to be 100% at it for anything to work out
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My guitar, capo, tuner, water and soothers – my throat always dries up just before I go on stage
You come off Tour
1/ Where is the first place you go? Home
2/Who is the first person you see? The fam!
3/What is the first thing you eat. – anything, I’m just always hungry!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?