Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Gatsby.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started and how you got here?
I think it really started with writing when I was young. Every card I wrote was for my mother. You know as a kid, you don’t have any money, but you do have hella paper – like actual 8-1/2 x 11 paper. Really, my mother, my grandparents and my brother raised me, so I would be writing cards for my mother for every holiday. Eventually, I got sick of saying the same things over and over, so I started writing poems. Then I got sick of that, found a free program called Audacity and started recording poems with YouTube beats behind them. After that, it was really my homie Danny pushing me, an absolute addiction to the catharsis of writing and performing, and treating people well that got me “here” or wherever I am today.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I really believe that there are no smooth roads. I’ve had identity struggles, commitment issues, the fear of rejection, a fear of abandonment. But I’m working through that. We all have our own crosses to bear, none heavier than others.
Appreciate you sharing that. Going a little bit deeper, what do you think sets Jake Gatsby apart? And what makes you the most proud about what you do?
I was just thinking about this. I think I’m the most proud to talk about being my mother’s son and to have people tell me they relate to it after listening or watching me perform these songs. Man, I hope she reads this. There are so many different origin stories out there, so it’s hard to say what sets me apart in that sense. But I do know that my story is my own, my words are authentic, and even though we don’t have the same story, I think I share mine in a way that feels like it’s everyone’s. I’m making music to feel like a home for myself and for whoever doesn’t get to articulate their feelings in the way that I do.
I feel like all my answers sound like I’ve been in therapy (laughs). My plan for the future is to keep writing, keep releasing, keep performing and whatever the future brings, I’ll be good with. I think as long as I’m being authentic, I’ll be happy with whatever is next.
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