The story of Jake Aldridge
Urban artist and lyric writer, Jake Aldridge is back on the scene with his latest R&B fuelled track, ‘Fireman’, which also features the vocals of Lisa Ambrose.
Jake is no stranger to the world of music, having topped the Zone Top 40 charts in South Africa and receiving play on Tom Robinson’s BBC Introducing mixtape, yet it wasn’t always something that came naturally to him. When he was just 11 years old, Jake lost his Father in a tragic accident, affecting him deeply. He began jotting down his feelings and forming them into raps, but he is the first to admit that he could barely hold a beat to begin with. Since then, Jake has developed his style and his skills and now he creates some of the finest and most intelligent lyrics around — and he can sing in time! Jake tells us his story below:
‘I started writing lyrics when I was about 17 years old. I guess I was at that point where I felt like I was going from a boy to a man. Music gave me a positive way of expressing myself and my emotions. It made me feel creative and I enjoyed performing my rhymes for my closest friends once I’d worked up the courage. I was never much of singer and since I was always a fan of rap music, it felt natural for me perform my rhymes in this same way. I actually dropped out of college to persue my music career. I was young, naive and wore my my heart on my sleeve, never realising how tough the music industry can be to break into.’
‘I purchased a £12.00 desktop microphone and used a sock (a clean one) to act as a pop shield. I was sending off demos to the biggest labels in America. It’s funny looking back, because at that time, I couldn’t even rap in time with the music! I had no rhythm whatsoever! It was so bad that I couldn’t even nod my head in time with the drum beat, let alone make my own lyrics fit around one. It took so many years for me to feel the music and learn how to make my rhymes fit. I was also keen to learn about production so that I could create semi-professional demos from my home.’
Watch the video for Fireman here:
‘I paid a local drum & bass producer three times per hour, what I was being paid at the time, to teach me about music production. I remember sitting outside his house in the rain either waiting for him to wake up or to arrive back home. After years of following my dreams, perfecting my art and networking with other industry professionals, my music has developed and I have signed a publishing deal and a sync deal and have racked up a total of 150,000 plays on my YouTube & SoundCloud account and I’m looking for Quite Great Music PR to help me gain more exposure for my music via Press and Radio outlets.’
Jake takes inspiration for his music from the likes of Tupac and Dr. Dre- possibly two of the best rappers of all time. As a result, you know Aldridge has his head in the right place and that he’s got a lot of promise for the future.