Jake, an eccentric Chicago native and recent Tribeca Flashpoint Academy graduate, is eager to make a name for himself as a premier DJ. He’s an old soul with a new age twist - his positive energy and infectious attitude bring good vibes into every room. His influences range from classic rock to 90s hip hop, but Jake will jam to just about anything. His passion for music has led him to DJing, but he brings a lot of flavor from his background as an electronic musician and recording engineer. You can hear more of his work through his side project Hemza, where he strives to continue his mantra: Spread Music, Spread Love.
What are your five favorite songs on the C+A 80% List?
- "I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown
- "Express Yourself" - Charles Wright & The Watts
- "Hey Ya" - Outkast
- "Shoop" - Salt N’ Pepa
- "Gettin' Jiggy With It" - Will Smith
What three genres of music have inspired you?
- 90's Hip Hop: It's the music I grew up listening to, and it has that nostalgia factor that will never make it feel old.
- Blues/Soul: I think Soul music really captures the emotional essence of the artist and I love the natural sound.
- Electronic Music: Because you can hear sounds that have never been heard before and the opportunities for creativity are endless.