"Be good to people. Everyone. You never know if or when that guy getting your coffee for you will be listening to your demos and deciding your future."
Jake Jones is an experienced musician who used to kill it on guitar for rock group We As Human. Having toured with a wide range of artists, from Kari Jobe and Newsong to Papa Roach and Shinedown, it’s safe to say he’s an expert in all things music. He now owns his own production company, Jake Jones Productions, and is the co-host of the hilarious music industry insider podcast, Ruined Radio. We love Jake’s ambition and style, so we had him share with us a little more about himself, his music and life.
What’s one thing you can’t start your day without?
Coffee or bust. I mean that. If there's no coffee in the house, I'm hitting the road. Late nights in the studio and/or late nights on the stage make for a slow start without a cup of joe. HAVE TO HAVE COFFEE.
If you could tour with any artist or any band, who would it be?
I would have to say Metallica. Not that they're my favorite band or they have the best songs ever written, but could you imagine opening for Metallica?? Those shows are insane!
What’s your all-time favorite song?
This is a hard one. Being a creative person, this could be influenced by the direction of the wind or what color socks I'm wearing. But a great song that never gets old to me is "Blackbird" by the Beatles.
What musician or band is your guilty pleasure?
All things Fall Out Boy. Shhhh.
What inspires your music the most?
Stories. I have to have a story. Even if the song doesn't follow a narrative, I have to know who, when, where and why. Even some of the most dumbed down, two-word choruses have to have a reason for me when I sit down to write. And a good beat. Always inspired by a really good groove.
What’s the most challenging part about your job?
Deadlines. They're the worst. I want to continue creating, adding, and changing parts. But there's a time with every song or project when you have to say enough is enough and let it be.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to break into the music industry?
Relationships. There are tons of AMAZING musicians, songwriters, and singers. What gets you heard is YOU. You have to sell your personality. The market is so saturated. If I have a choice between a great guitarist I like and a great guitarist who thinks he's God’s gift to humanity, who am I going to pick? Be good to people. Everyone. You never know if or when that guy getting your coffee for you will be listening to your demos and deciding your future.