The Journey from starting learning an instrument to becoming a cool musician is one hell of an amazing story for an individual. Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we are talking about Jake Fine. The New-York based singer is famous for his amazing guitar playing technique and also makes his own beautiful riffs on Guitar.
So, we caught up with the prolific musician to find out how his journey into music began, about his memorable performance, and how did he have such an amazing control on guitar playing.
Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
Hey! Honored to be interviewed by Guitaa. My name is Jake Fine, and I work in a variety of genres. On my instagram, you’ll see mostly original acoustic fingerstyle songs and neo soul electric guitar. I’m the lead singer in a band called Origami Crane, which is classified as Dance Pop, and write music for a solo project which is somewhere along the lines of alternative R&B.
What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
My early passions included The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, and more. I had a phase as a teenager which mostly consisted of Blink 182, Green Day, and the likes. When I was 17 and began attending Berklee College of Music my tastes expanded widely to include classic and modern jazz, film scoring, neo soul, R&B, pop, and more!
What drives me to create music is two things:
- I have always, and always will, create things that are pleasing to my ear, or mind. I have a gut instinct to create things I find beautiful.
- I also have this tendency to not be able to be just a consumer in subjects that I feel passionate about. Music, being one of the things I’m most passionate about, quickly became something I felt I had to be involved in actively.
Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
I had one experience at Rockwood Music Hall at New Years Eve two years ago when the entire venue was packed, with almost no room left. As a musician you live for those moments where there’s a big audience with all of their eyes on you, and everyone is enjoying listening to you do what you love most. Hoping for more nights like those as my career moves forward.
Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened?
Plenty of times! Recently I was performing with my band Origami Crane at The Bitter End, and being that we have electronic elements sequenced into our set, the drummer and bassist play to a metronome. I screwed up by going into the bridge instead of the post chorus, and ended up trying to recover, but on the wrong beat. It took several measures of some really interesting music to get back on the beat!
If you could collaborate with any musicians(dead/alive), who would you collaborate with and why?
Probably the artist Nao! I’ve been listening to her album nonstop for a few months so it’s the mood I’m in.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to become an Artist?
Have patience. If you’re ever feeling tired of the industry, take a night off and do something that you enjoy other than music. Never be afraid to reexamine your strategies and then make deliberate decisions about how you want to move forward. Have the diligence to both explore your sound, and carefully craft it by practicing in an efficient way.
Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
Honestly, not really! I think you really need to live and breathe music to make it in this industry. My suggestion would be to always remember to get sleep, and make time to be purely creative. In terms of balancing life as both an industry professional, and as a creative/artistic person, I would suggest finding a sound that you feel represents you, that you enjoy. I think there would be little point to developing a sound that you don’t like- remember that whatever you’re known for over time, you’ll likely end up playing the rest of your life! Better hope that The Eagles really enjoy Hotel California, or else they must be pretty frustrated by now.
What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Have patience. If you’re ever feeling tired of the industry, take a night off and do something that you enjoy other than music. Never be afraid to reexamine your strategies and then make deliberate decisions about how you want to move forward. Have the diligence to both explore your sound, and carefully craft it by practicing.
What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
I suggest playing everything you can’t play yet SUPER slow. Really, like at a slowmotion pace. You’ll discover all these ways you weren’t relaxing and develop healthier technique. For singing, remember that your voice is an instrument- not just to be played, but to be practiced. Find areas where you want to improve your singing, and put the work in.
What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing? And, Do you have any specific name of your instrument?
I always have my computer around, as well as a keyboard and a metronome. Handy for creating loops that you can solo over, or researching techniques.
Would you like to share a testimonial for Guitaa? If Yes, Why do you love Guitaa?
Unfortunately I have yet to dig deep into guitaa.com- However I think it’s an awesome idea, and an efficient, immersive, and playful way to become familiar with your favorite songs!
So, This was Jake Fine. If you want to follow him, Then below are the links where you can get all the covers and insight on how Jake spends his time out.