Acclaimed singer songwriter Jake Davey has recently opened his state of the art professional recording and production studio and creative hub in Taree. Sarah Dunstan caught up with Jake to hear his news.
Hi Jake. Thanks so much for speaking with FOCUS. You’ve just launched Jake Davey Studios, or JDS – a purpose built professional studio based on the Mid North Coast. Tell us about some of the services you are offering to aspiring artists.
Hey Sarah! Thanks for having me. My new studio is a space that is designed to ignite creativity and passion within each artist that steps through the door. We offer a multitude of services, such as recording, video production, content creation, private tuition in guitar and vocals, alongside our artist management program. Being involved in JDS allows musicians to transform and develop their own music and skill set to reach a professional level.
I believe you’re also extending your music knowledge to supporting children in schools with music education. Can you elaborate on this for us?
For sure! Without the support of my family and friends within the industry, like local musician Matty Zarb inspiring me to take on music 10 years ago, I’m not sure I’d be able to say music is my job today and every day.
I wanted to give back the feeling to the young musicians in our area that I felt all those years ago – someone believing in me and my passion for music.
I worked with the Australian Children’s Music Foundation throughout 2017 and 2018, teaching in public schools in the local area; it allowed me to do just that – inspire.
It was such an incredible experience! I’ve now directed my focus towards JDS, which is allowing me to broaden my horizons as a producer and songwriter, while still allowing me to cultivate the music within our youth via private tuition.
You are certainly a very busy 22 year old. Aside from working solidly on JDS, you are also in the middle of a regional tour as an up and coming pop country music artist. How do you find the process of switching between performer and tutor?
My life is a mad mix of performing, songwriting, recording, travelling and collaborating, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There’s an excitement that comes with the territory of running a studio, as well as being a musician. Every single day is different, from songwriting sessions to performing on stage, then back into the studio to produce albums. I’m loving every minute of it! My life motto is simply “make it happen”, and I’m doing just that.
You have gained much industry experience supporting a number of top-billed artists including Taylor Henderson, Thirsty Merc, Diesel, Daryl Braithwaite and Rick Price. How has working with renowned leaders in the industry influenced you?
It’s always a great experience to work with artists of this calibre, from backstage chats about songwriting to analysing their performance on stage. I’m able to take this knowledge and implement the skills I have learnt into my own performances.
Since releasing your first single, Open Road, what have been some of your greatest accomplishments professionally?
Throughout my time over the past eight years as a musician, I’ve been fortunate enough to perform over 1,000 gigs, write and record original music in studios up and down the coast and collaborate with some of the East Coast’s finest musicians! From my point of view, my greatest accomplishment so far is simply being able to say creating, performing and sharing music is my full-time job.
What’s on the horizon for Jake Davey?
JakeDaveyStudios has always been in the back of mind, even at a young age. It’s a dream come true to be where I am today, but I’m always looking for ways to innovate and upgrade to make the studio experience the best it can be for the artists who record with me. Over the next five years I plan to develop into a multi studio business. As well as the original studio in Taree, I plan to expand to the Hunter and build another creative space. This will open up a whole new opportunity network for collaboration and create a much needed musical connection between the two areas.
With my original music, I plan to continue to hone my skills as a songwriter and focus on playing more festivals. I just booked my first Nashville songwriting trip, and I can’t wait to share the results. It could be an EP, it may even be an album – we’ll see soon enough.
I can’t wait to see and experience what the future holds; I’m just getting started.
I know you also perform at a number of private functions. How can people get in touch with you and find out more about your work?
Sure do! The best way to get in contact with me and find out more is via my websites: www.jakedaveymusic.com and www.jakedaveystudios.com and also via my social media @jakedaveymusic and @jakedaveystudios. For all enquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interview: Sarah Dunstan.