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Jake Paul on overcoming the hurdles and pitfalls of the music business

GETTING TO KNOW JAKE PAUL by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio There are many things I do to overcome hurdles and pitfalls… I learned to be assertive up front when it comes to the “deal” of playing at a venue. I also learned to figure out if I’m in this music biz for the right reasons. I enjoy music, period. Getting paid is nice too, but when I used to book our shows solely for money, I found that the money wasn’t enough of an incentive at our level. In other words, we had band members saying that we need to make X amount of $ in order to keep going with our music plan. So I got us into the best venues in our area (Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Summerfest 3 years in a row, Potawatomi Casino, popular bars and clubs) and we got paid well. But those same band members who complained about $ eventually left the band, despite making more money. We learned the hard way about to differentiate between who was a “musician” and who was just someone who played an instrument.

Music business… I feel the business can be challenging and overwhelming when I let it affect my creativity, so I keep a watchful eye out for those feelings. I’m always swinging between a balance of music, art, and business. So I go in streaks, if you will: I’ll create, design, and then promote. When I get tired of promoting, I create. When I get tired of creating, I design. When I get tired of designing, I promote. One seems to feed into the other so I never really feel too overwhelmed, I just follow “the trail” that grabs my focus and attention. Music is my passion and there is a million and one things I can do that is music related so I always find something really cool to get into, which keeps me going.

Pros and Cons of the Music Industry… Pros include playing music live is a reward in and of itself. I enjoy the set-up (sound system, amps, instruments, etc) and I enjoy managing my website, merch, and music. The cons include dealing with grumpy venue owners, getting paid is sometimes a hassle, band members flake out sometimes, managing other people kind of sucks, and late nights take their toll eventually.

To overcome most of our hurdles, I can sum up two main things: 1) I had to become a better musician myself 2) I had to become a stronger leader; as much as I wanted a “democracy” in the band, I found that in my experience, people wanted me to lead (which also means to take responsibility of the things that go on behind the scenes with booking, managing, promoting, finances, etc). It’s a lot to handle.

Social media… I like that I can connect with people around the world.

Singles vs an album… I’ve only released albums thus far but I think in the future I’ll try releasing a single first. Talk about the differences in your marketing strategy to support your preference. As an indie artist and a do-it-yourself-er, I find it challenging to put the energy and resources needed to release a music properly in terms of promotion and advertising. And although I’m putting alot into it, I know I’m still not doing it properly and thoroughly. So for me to release a single, and then repeat the process over again to release the entire album has been appealing to me in the past. But when I recording the next batch of new music, I’m going to release a single first and focus on properly promoting it…then I’ll figure out a strategy to release the entire album.

It started with my mother’s unsolved murder… I was young when it happened (nine years old) and didn’t know how to or have the capability to deal with and process childhood trauma. I intuitively used music as my outlet. I’ve been writing songs and playing music ever since.

Radio Interview

On Thursday, November 12th at noon (Central Time) I'll be on the radio doing an interview with Jacqueline Jax on A.V.A. Live Radio! Here is a link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2015/11/12/episode-274-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

"The Jailbreak" Review

Picture a band with mixed characteristics; one with a sound that is not entirely rock, nor entirely reggae. A band with a sound that instead falls into the category of surf rock, or if you will, "American Reggae," with similar artists such as Sublime, Citizen Cope, Jack Johnson, and Donovan Frankenreiter. That band you're picturing is Jake Paul Band and the album is The Jailbreak. The band's reggae sounds bring a sunny warmth to the overall album, even though oftentimes heavy, less than cheery subjects are addressed. Front man and band kick-starter Jake Paul's vocals fall somewhere between singing, spoken word, and rapping, which accentuates the music perfectly. He also brings his harmonica out from time to time, lending a further accent to the music. Paul has a unique reason for forming the band and beginning his music career. In the 1990's his mother was killed; unfortunately, the case has still not been solved. In honor of his mother, he set out to spread his story through the form of music. His first venture was with the track "Hollow," which is included twice on the album - once as the original and the other as a home studio remix. Regardless of which track you listen to you will be blown away by the brutal honesty of the lyrics. The story is told in third person, describing his mother's death and how he was affected by it, reminding listeners to "Remember to say goodbye, 'cause you're never too young to die." The sincerity of the lyrics, especially when Paul describes the moment he was given the news, further outlines how genuine the track really is. This sense of honesty follows the band through the entirety of their album, whether he is tackling everyday troubles or covering how to overcome those difficulties. "Scarecrow" comes next on The Jailbreak. The cleverness of the track is what makes it stand out. Paul sings, "You know, a wildflower cannot grow stuck in the shadows of a wounded soul," cleverly explaining how he'll stick around acting as this person's scarecrow until every last demon has been chased away. It takes a drastic turn in tempo at the very end, transforming into something you would assume to hear on a punk record and not this one. This facet seems to be a onetime deal, though, since it pops up nowhere else on the album. "Keep Your Demons," found a few tracks deeper into the album, covers the topic of demons once again, though this time Paul writes on a more personal level. Although it is the shortest track on the album he has no trouble with getting his words out and point across. "My Side of the Street" is one of the few more lighthearted tracks, and its lightheartedness is reflected in its upbeat melody. Paul sings about how sunny life can be when things begin to go your way and a new relationship blossoms. "In the End" is hands down the most uplifting song. They don't go overboard with lyrics; just enough are supplied, telling you that in the end, everything will eventually go as planned. An equal portion of the song is handed over to the instruments, letting them do the talking. A short solo to introduce the track and an impressive mid-song solo by lead guitarist Chad Layton are featured. Everything about The Jailbreak has an organic nature to it, from the vocals to the instruments. Nothing is too overproduced, and you get the sense this mood was orchestrated on purpose in order to faultlessly portray the relaxed atmosphere they were intending. These are guys you would want to invite to a party of your own just so you could get to know them and be able to sit back and watch them play. Artist: Jake Paul Band Album: The Jailbreak Review by Alec Cunningham Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5)

New Recording Project/New Shows

We're excited to announce that we're currently working on our latest project, "PIE." This music is largely influenced by our newest band member (drummer) Mike who brings a jam-style rock element to our band. We're really evolving as musicians and band-mates, everyone feels like we're getting close to really breaking through and being part of something larger than "just us." PIE is about conflicting desires many of us face as we try on a day to day basis to secure our own piece of the American Pie. It's a musical masterpiece of acoustic tones, hard rock distortion, fluctuating time signatures, and jam-style instrumentation.

We'll set a release date in the near future...

Hard Rock Cafe - Chicago!

I never thought we'd play at some of the venues we're playing at. Thank you. We've expanded from Milwaukee to Madison to Green Bay to New York to Chicago to...the moon? All I can share from here is a genuine "thank you" as I sit back and think about all the times I've wondered, "should I give up?" Rock on everyone and don't quit. Happy Thanksgiving.

April Events

April is full of great, new events for Jake Paul Band! First of all, we welcome our new drummer, Mike Balisterieri! Mike brings his jazz-style jam band Umphrees McGee influence to the Jake Paul Band and everyone is stoked! Come see our next show and get a glimpse of the energy Mike brings with him! We're covering 311, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, and more! We have several key gigs in April: Saturday, April 7th @ The Nice Ash (Main Street, Waukesha) 9pm (free) Friday, April 13th @ The Down & Over (formerly Bay View Brew Haus). This our debut performance at the brand new venue! ($5) Friday, April 27th @ Fire On Water (Water Street, Milwaukee). This is one of Milwaukee's finest live music bars + it has really cool artwork! (free) SATURDAY, MAY 5th: THE BATTLE INTO SUMMERFEST! We'd appreciate your support on this one! The band with the most fans wins! ($5) Come on out and listen to the new vibe we've created!

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