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29 year old Jake Aldridge was born and raised in the village of Reydon, situated in Suffolk, UK. As the middle child of three, Jake grew up in a loving family; his parents met one and other when they were 11 years old and were very much in love. Though the family were far from wealthy, life was near on perfect for Jake when he was growing up. When Jake was just 11 years old, tragically his father died suddenly and unexpectedly. This life-changing event later led Jake down the path of Songwriting. Despite having always struggled to deal with losing his father and role model, Jake eventually found comfort in writing his thoughts down on paper. To begin with, Jake’s notes were in the form of a diary. One day, he randomly started to rhyme a few of the words that he was writing and in time, his diary transformed itself into a book of poems.
Since Jake was inspired by ‘Rap’ Music and was never really much of a singer, his method of performing these rhymes seemed like an easy choice to make. Jake would spend hours writing his feelings down, turning them into rhymes, and perfecting them. He had dreams of one day becoming as great as Tupac Shakur, Dr Dre and other Rappers he was so inspired by. One night, a teenage Jake, after a few too many drinks, had finally found enough Dutch courage to perform some of his raps to a couple of his close friends. Once they had got past the initial shock of hearing their mate rap unexpectedly for the first time, they were amazed. Jakes friends were both incredibly supportive and encouraging towards his lyrics. All of a sudden, Jake’s wildest dreams now seemed like somewhat of a possibility in his own mind.
One of the friends who Jake performed to, was Tom Moran. Tom had some musical experience after years of playing the drums and in a bid to become Jake’s producer. Jake & Tom began working closely together, alternating between each of their Mothers houses where they would produce demo CD’s which were passed onto their friends around town. The pair purchased a desktop microphone for about £12 and put a sock (a relatively clean one) over the top of it to act as a Pop Shield! After hours of practice, a few angry neighbours banging at the door, and several of Jake’s cremated pizzas, the boys had dreams of landing a deal with the likes of Dr Dre, Eminem & 50 Cent. There was literally only ONE problem…. Jake couldn’t rap in time with the music…..
“Despite being a confident lyricist, I couldn’t feel the music in those early days… I had zero rhythm”.
Unlike many musicians, music wasn’t in Jake’s blood and feeling the music never came naturally to him. His skills at this time were purely in his ability to write lyrics. It was at this point that both Jake and Tom realised there was a lot of hard work ahead. Jake recalls Tom playing an instrumental of his favourite rap song at the time, (‘Hate It Or Love it’ by ‘The Game’) He then asked Jake to rap their lyrics along to the backing track. Despite Jake’s familiarity with the song, he was all over the place. Once Tom had picked himself back up off the floor from laughing so much, they set to work on learning the basics – How to feel the beat and the rhythm of the music.
Jake dropped out of college to pursue his music but soon realised it was unrealistic to be successful overnight and facing reality, Jake had no choice but to find himself a job. Tom decided he wanted to go University and their musical journey together came to a close. Though Tom was never successful in securing a recording contract for Jake, he was however, solely responsible for installing so much self-belief and confidence within Jake and he encouraged his friend to continue pursuing his dreams.
Jake hooked up with Wesley Hurr, a local Drum & Bass Producer. Though Jake’s job was only paying him minimum wage, he paid Wesley to teach him about music production so that Jake could begin putting his own songs together. During this period, Jake became friendly with George Bennett, a fantastic Guitarist who expressed an eagerness to collaborate. George was instrumental in helping Jake learn how to rap in time with the music. He was also an up and coming Graphics/Website designer, who had experience in shooting video footage as well. In 2009, George filmed Jake’s first ever music video for a track titled ‘Louise’ which was a song Jake had written for his Mum, thanking her for all that she had done for him and his two siblings after their Father had passed away. The video was uploaded online and was incredibly well received by the local people who already knew Jake’s story. By this point, Jake had his own website and was developing a fan base online. As his music progressed, he began gaining support from a growing number of fans online. Despite ‘BBC Introducing’ Presenters typically only playing acts who were based in their respective counties, Jake’s music was played on over a dozen of their Stations.
As his skills improved, Jake’s music was evolving and he was establishing relationships, and collaborating with Producers & Mixing Engineers from all around the world. Jake’s productions, intern with his fan base, were developing rapidly.
In 2011 to Jake’s delight, he was approached by a Film Production Company (Rataplan films) about the possibility of shooting a music video for him. Over the next 3 years, Rataplan Films produced videos for Jake which were filmed all over the UK. The professional productions helped elevate his brand to whole new level.
Towards the end of 2012, whilst searching for new producers on SoundCloud, Jake stumbled across Sam Hadfield’s profile. Sam was a young and enthusiastic producer, who was writing original tracks and was seamlessly blending Hip Hop with R&B. Jake was very excited to make contact with Sam as he had the exact type of sound that Jake had been looking for. Throughout 2013 the pair achieved a great deal of success with songs such as ‘Moonlight’ ‘Erotic’ and ‘Falling’. Jake began referring to himself and Sam as ‘Batman and Robin’.
Sam was studying for a music degree at Bucks New University, in High Wycombe, UK. The huge benefit of this was that Sam was able to hire out the Universities amazing recording studios free of charge. Naturally, Jake took full advantage of this fantastic opportunity, traveling down from Suffolk on numerous occasions to record more and more songs. The ‘Batman and Robin’ duo went on to have huge success with two of their tracks being signed to air on Playboy TV in an ongoing deal.
Jake was keen to find a Music Publisher for his tracks. After sending off several demo’s to lots of UK Music Publishers, his music sparked the interest of Leopard Music, who expressed an eagerness to sign Jake’s song ‘Palm Of Your Hand’ which featured guest vocals from his child hood friend Kelly Jenns. This was such an exciting time for Jake. The same guy who previously couldn’t even nod his head in time with the music, was now signing his first ever Publishing deal. He’d been offered so many ‘deals’ in the past but this was the real thing. Everything was starting to take shape and Jake knew his best work was yet to come.
One of Jake’s songs is titled ‘I’ll Be There’ and it was played on the BBC Introducing Mixtape, a show which is hosted by Tom Robinson. This was the biggest station to have ever played Jake’s music and he was overwhelmed to have had it aired by such a big name in the music industry. Jake went on to release another track which featured Suffolk based singer Lisa Ambrose. Lisa is a very talented songwriter who once opened up a show for Mark Ronson after winning a ‘Battle Of The Bands’ competition in 2008. The song was titled ‘Where Do We Go’ which was also produced by Allan Janssen, and it was an instant hit with Jake’s fans, racking up over 10,000 plays on SoundCloud alone. Jake entered the song into a ‘feature’ competition which was held by the Chicago based Music Blog – ‘Daily Hip Hop Jamz’. To Jake’s amazement, he received more votes than any other artist and in doing so, became the first artist outside of the U.S to ever win the competition.
“I’ve always wanted to shoot a music video abroad and it felt so good to actually be doing it”
Eager to build on the momentum he was gaining, Jake decided that he wanted to shoot a new music video. Unlike his previous 6 videos however, he wanted this one to be extra special. He set his sights on shooting a music video abroad, and decided to do so with a song called ‘Give You The World’. After reaching out to Rataplan Films once more, Jake saved up his pennies and had the music video filmed in Spain. He wanted guaranteed sunshine for the video and to do something special for his core supporters. Jake made the decision to have his girlfriend Kelly Brooks, feature in the video to uphold the authenticity he always seeks for his music and brand. Once the video had been edited and released, people were shocked that an unsigned artist had gone all the way to Spain just to shoot a Music Video.
Once Released, the video was featured on numerous blogs all over the internet as the buzz around Jake’s music continued to Build.
Jake went on to win another competition, this time held by ‘Pyro Music Group’ and he also secured a Sync deal with Amurco Music from the UK. Today, Jake’s music has been featured on hundreds of Music blogs and Radio stations from around the world. He’s also has racked up 200,000 plays online.
Jake later released a song called ‘Illogical’, which received interest from several indie Record Labels and is currently being promoted by Claudia E Records. Jake sent the song to the South African based Zone Radio, and despite the fact the station doesn’t usually air Hip-Hop music, Richard from Zone Radio said that he enjoyed the track so much that he wanted to add it to the station’s Top 40 charts to see how it would do. The track went to #1 after just a couple of weeks in the chart! Jake went on to release ‘Fireman’ a follow up song to ‘Give You The World’, along with a new music video to help tie it all together. The song/video was later picked up by Sound Net, who have distributed it to 2,000 UK Bars, Clubs and Hotels via their Jukebox.
Craig Avery, a presenter from Channel radio, suggested Jake’s music to Maria Kempinska, the lady responsible for discovering Ellie Goulding. Maria runs a Music company called ‘Ding Walls Music’ and invited Jake to perform at a Showcase in London Leicester Square at the Hippodrome Theatre. Jake was thrilled to perform at such a prestigious event and to be standing on the last stage that Prince ever performed on! Elton John has also performed at the venue well. The gig went out on Sky TV and was attended by Billie Laurie, an Award Winning Producer who has worked with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, The Bee Gees & Tina Turner. Billie said that Jake “definitely has hit songs” and expressed an interest in working with him.
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