We haven’t had a Humans article for quite a while. Ahead of the release of his new album, let’s catch up with singer Jake Blenkinship. A.K.A. Jakethefirst…
HQB Media is always on the lookout for local talent, be it creative, entrepreneurial, whatever — we always want to know about it. That brought us to the attention of a new, local marketing company called Your Publicist. There’s a little more about them at the foot of this article, which is based around one of their clients. The singer Jake Blenkinship, who is just about to release a new album — Feelings Vol. 1.
ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM THE BOURNEMOUTH AREA?
I’m originally form Preston in Lancashire, but I moved down here to study music at uni and decided I liked it enough to stay.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE THAT SINGING WAS THE THING YOU WANTED TO DO?
I’ve been in love with singing since I was young. I used to look up to all the Disney singers and pretend their songs were mine when I sang in my grandma’s garage, which I used to pretend was my stage.
WHO INSPIRES YOUR MUSICAL STYLE?
I would say my music is inspired by female vocalists such as Demi Lovato and Ariana Grande because I love their voices and their music style. In terms of lyrics, I’m highly influenced by Lorde and Kevin Garrett. I have always wanted the ability to paint a picture in a song, which they both do so well.
TELL US ABOUT THIS NEW ALBUM…
This album is basically the manifestation of everything I’ve felt over the past year. Most of the things that have happened to me since I started it have gone in there. Over the past three years of releasing music, I’ve been finding out who I want to be as an artist and what I want to sound like, and this album is a milestone in that discovery.
There’s almost a timeline in which I wrote the songs, with the earliest song on the album being No Sleep and the most recent being Can’t Get Worse. Every song tells its own story.
Running up to the album, there’s going to be some content to add to the album experience. For example, with the already-released songs, I plan to make performance videos, while the new songs are going to be accompanied by a bit of information about each one.
Another thing I want to be clear is the influences I’ve had for both the lyrical content and the sound of the album as a whole, so I plan on making an inspiration playlist to give an idea of what to expect!
HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON ANYTHING ELSE DURING LOCKDOWN?
The moment I finished this album, I already started working on the next project. I can’t stop myself from starting new songs, so any time I get a free moment, I usually end up creating a new idea!
AT THE RISK OF GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES, DO YOU HAVE ANY MUSICAL PLANS FOR AFTER LOCKDOWN IS LIFTED?
I’m hoping to start performing live after lockdown, and hopefully collaborate with my musical friends. I think one of the best parts of making music is sharing it with other people who have the same passion — it makes it so much more fun.
ARE YOU A CONCERT OR FESTIVAL GUY?
I definitely prefer concerts — the feeling in the room is electric. When everyone is there for that one artist and you’re surrounded by people who know the music. I would love to tour someday and experience that feeling from a stage.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM VENUE OR FESTIVAL TO PLAY?
My dream venue would be the Royal Albert Hall — I’m dreaming big! It’s such an iconic venue and it would really be a milestone to perform on that stage.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS FOR YOU AS A SINGER?
Really just to build an audience of people who can listen to my music. Ideally, I would also like to work with more people and expand my connections.
WHAT IS THE END GOAL FOR YOU?
I would love for music to become my full-time job. At the moment, I fit it into any spare minute I get, but when I get to the day when the money in my bank account is purely there from the art I create, I will think I’ve reached where I want to be. Any more than that, to me, is a dream within a dream.
About Your Publicist
This Bournemouth-based marketing company came under our radar when we heard they were offering free marketing advice to artists until 10th May. With the current situation, they are delighted to help artists free-of-charge, to improve their social media, help them find more people to collaborate with, find events where they may be able to perform in the near future, and more.
For more on Jake, visit his website here. The same goes for Your Publicist via this link. More stories on music are available on HQB Media here. And you can also follow us on all our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.