Better Know an Artist (Vol 30): Jake Dexter

Jake Dexter is a local indie hip-hop artist with a tinge of pop and soul to it, kinda like the old school sound with poppy beats and a spoken word vocal. His newest album, Echoes, dropped last year, and his track “Who I Am” featuring Daniel Gonzales took off a bit on SoundCloud with over 100,000 plays. Jake sat down and played our little game for us, so this is how that went…..

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

JD: I started playing music when I was in Junior High. My dad used to run night clubs in the area and I would see the bands perform at his clubs and just fell in love with music.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

JD: My music is like if pop music, soul music, hip hop music and funk music all had a baby. That would be my music. LOL

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

JD: Writing wise, I am heavily influenced by artists such as Bob Schneider, Matt Wertz and the Reign of Kindo, and Jason Mraz because that’s what I grow up listening to. But compassion wise, my biggest influence is Jon McLaughlin. I do a lot of piano work live and his compositions are what inspired me to push mine to their limits.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

JD: The songs off my new album, Echoes, mean the most to me, mostly because every single song is about something or someone who has been in and or out of my life.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

JD: If I could open up for any artist in the world, it would probably be Steve Miller or Stevie Wonder. Both of them are unbelievable artists and composers and have been consistently pushing music their whole life.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

JD: Two of my newest favorite artists are Sleeperstar and Michael Toucher.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

JD: Waiting for My Rocket to Come by Jason Mraz. Always gets me through the hard times.

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

JD: It’d say one of my favorite things about the DFW music scene, as an artist, is that most venues have their own sound system. Providing your own sound stinks. I am also a fan that so many people are open to the music scene, and will go to concerts randomly, just from invites. The worst thing is the parking. LOL.

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

JD: Recently my favorite venues to play at are Trees, and Wit’s End. Wit’s End especially. It’s got great sound, like Trees and some of those other venues, but at the same time, has that close knit home-y feel to it. Very comfortable. As for going to see shows, it would be the same.

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

JD: There are so many great acts in the DFW, it’s hard to just pick a few. But I would say Mitchell Ferguson, Trent Rush, Carter Davis, and Quentin Moore are a couple of great ones to look out for.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

JD: Hmmm, one thing most people don’t know is that I’ve spent the last 5 years touring as a keyboardist for differet nationally and internationally touring country bands. My music is very hip-hop/Jazz/soul based, and I do spoken word vocals, basically the exact opposite of country music. lol. So, I’m sure some would be surprised if they knew.

Thanks to Jake Dexter for shooting us a submission. You Deep Ellum cats can catch Jake and his band at the Prophet Bar this Thursday (5/26) opening for the Louisiana Purchase, and keep an eye on JakeDexter.com for more shows.

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