Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Jake Huffman

Tell us about:

Your latest single you have released:

“Martyr” is an indie pop rock anthem about dying on a hill. It hits hard and sounds like redemption. I wrote, played and produced the track at PowerStation New England with studio manager Evan Bakke.  

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

My first single was Produced by Andy Selzer.  It was such a step outside of what I musically wrote with McLovins. I was excited at how well received the song was. The day of release one of my favorite radio stations in Philadelphia, WXPN, spun the track on World Cafe.  

Your favorite song that you have created is an album track:

This upcoming EP is really my best work to date. I believe in the songwriting, I’m confident in the production and most of all I can hear “my” sound.  And isn’t finding your sound the whole point?

Your favourite song to play live:

It’s been great to play “Martyr” live especially because people are already shouting along with the chorus!

The song that was the longest to write and why? 

 I’m always constantly writing songs. I feel like my process is about writing through the fluff to flush out the “good ones”. I normally find that songs that take a long time to write never end up making the cut.  But the songs that fall out of my head usually match my high standards. 

Your most emotional track:

Rosie and Put it Down both feel like I’m ripping my own heart out. I’ve noticed that those are the songs that get the strongest emotional responses from the audience. Sometimes I catch myself choking up while singing them.  

The best lyric you have ever written:

I don’t know about my best lyric, I might be too close to pick it out. But I have a song called “Vampires in Hippie Clothes” that is on the upcoming EP.  I think that song really takes the listener on a journey.  Lyrically it starts out “Now I’m remembering clean lights and heavy noise, wiggling and shimmering looking like a Polaroid…” 

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show: 

I feel a true sense of purpose.  My songs are meant to be heard live.  

The hardest track to play live:

So many people who only stream my songs and haven’t been to a show sometimes don’t realize that I’m a singing drummer. The huge fill in Wild Child is pretty tricky to get right while singing at the same time!

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

So many pairs of fresh underwear and socks.  Freshies are life.  

Describe your fans in three words:

Incredibly loving and supportive

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

I wish I wrote “If it Takes a Lifetime” by Jason Isabell.  It’s just a masterful song that gives me an intense feeling of nostalgia.  

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

More music, more shows (hopefully) around the globe and plenty of content on my instagram page haha!

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