We had the good fortune of connecting with Jake Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jake, how do you think about risk?
I love this question because I’ve always been a calculated risk-taker. I love risks… they’re what keep life fresh. Taking a jump always has downside potential, but I’ve always found myself asking the question, “what’s the worst that could happen?” Most of the time I personally can’t really come up a good answer so I’ve done a lot of crazy jumps in life. I’m a pretty firm believer that to excel in anything, to reach a new height, to truly turn life upside down, you HAVE to take some crazy risks. I think comfort is the enemy of progress, and I guess that’s a big reason why I gravitated towards the music business. It’s not for the faint of heart, but if you can stick it out, work hard and be brave enough to take those risks, you’ll find some success in music (or any field for that matter). At least that’s my belief!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m first a drummer, so the majority of my job is touring, but I’ve also started jumping into sync music production which is music for TV, commercials, moves, etc. I started trying to record and produce music about the same time I started playing drums, so those go hand-in-hand for me. What I honestly find sets me apart from others is that I’m genuine and I’m a great hang. Am I going to show up to the gig knowing every song like the back of my hand? Every time! Am I going to show up to the gig knowing every song like the back of my hand? Every time! But it’s often more about if artists/musical directors/musicians, etc. feel like they can trust you enough to take you with them for the long haul. I also think I have a good eye for where opportunity is hiding and uncovering it. I’ll do what I have to do to make this work. As I’m writing this I’m really stoked to have just gotten off a crazy European tour opening for Machine Gun Kelly with an artist named 44phantom, and looking forward to seeing what next year’s touring schedule will be like! This is not an easy profession in the least, but it is extremely rewarding. I’ve learned that if you can survive the hard seasons, be persistent, hard working, a good listener, and a great hang you can have a career in the music business. I want people to know that my brand is all about bringing a high level of excellence to this job while maintaining that we really can’t take ourselves too seriously. Let’s have some fun out there.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I just moved to LA a couple months ago so I’m still learning it myself! So far I’ve really enjoyed beach trips to Malibu, so I would probably take them there to start. Some morning hikes are probably on the itinerary as well as finding some new spots to eat-you won’t run low on that. I think Pasadena area is really beautiful too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be doing music without @brookstheboy, @ben.vanmaarth, and @james.marino__. Those dudes keep me pushing through the hard seasons and are killer musicians and entertainers.
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