Having burst into public consciousness just last year with his party ode, “Cigarettes On Patios,” BabyJake is all about making “fun” music that keeps him – and us – feeling young.
The content of BabyJake’s [real name Jake Herring] lighthearted debut single is somewhat reminiscent of Asher Roth’s “I Love College” [remember that banger?!], especially with the lyrics: “I was smoking cigarettes on patios. I was drinking beer with my friends. I was trying to boogie down tonight, vodka with the Sprite, here we go again!”
An easy, replayable listen, “Cigarettes On Patios” was the firing gun for an accessible, enjoyable sound that would help BabyJake land a record deal with Republic. Since then, he’s gone on to release a string of singles – most recently “MadHappySad,” which is a lot more upbeat than it sounds.
For this feature, the Fort Myers, Florida native shot some exclusive images for EUPHORIA. whilst at home in lockdown. We spoke to BabyJake about staying grateful, making timeless music, his love of food, and his debut EP.
You’ve said that your moniker BabyJake was chosen as it juxtaposes your look [Herring is 6 ft. 6 in tall]. Is there anything else about you that might surprise people? I’m full of surprises. You’ll just have to wait and find out what happens next.
You’ve also said that your music is about staying young at heart. How do you keep preserve this feeling in your day to day life? I find it easiest to keep that “full of life” feeling by staying grateful. Constantly realizing you are blessed every single day you wake up. Age is just a number…if you treat your mind, body, and soul right, you might just live forever, who knows. I try to make music that is timeless. It just so happens that I’m a goofball, and a lot of my music turns out fun.
Your latest tune, “MadHappySad” is about the rollercoaster of emotions felt when you’re in a relationship with the wrong person. Do you find it easy to be open about your experiences when creating music? Yes, for sure. If I wasn’t going through things I would never be able to write good music. All of my music is either specifically or generally based off of a person, place, or experience. Music is a way for me to vent my feelings, and hopefully, that’s what people can relate to when they hear it.
Did you always know you wanted to pursue a career in music? Sort of. I started playing guitar at 8. Producing at 13-14, but at the same time, I was heavy into athletics. I don’t know if I thought it was truly possible until 18-19 years old. Then I took it head-on and went for it.
Which of your records have been instrumental in shaping your sound? In my opinion, “Blue Cellophane” and “Confidant” are both major records that shifted my sound. That’s more so where I’m heading moving forward. I really enjoy that new school Alt/Pop space.
You previously worked with Dillon Francis on the songs “Touch” and “You Do You.” Is there anyone else you’d love to work with in the future? There are tons of people I’d like to work with in the future from major A-Listers to neighborhood homies. I think something that would be really cool is doing a project with all the people from SWFL. That would be really cool. I’m a big fan of all of those cats. Somebody should also hit up CSN+Y for me. I wanna work with those legends or someone like Stevie Nicks or something. Old school baby.
What’s next for you? Next up on the radar is my debut EP. I’m not sure if I am allowed to disclose the date yet, but fairly soon. I’m very excited. It will give my fanbase something to latch onto. It’s a great intro into who BabyJake really is.
Where’s your “happy place”? Wow. Great question. Honestly. The happiest of places is with music, which right now is my living room studio. Depending on the situation, sometimes by myself, sometimes with others. Either that…or sitting in the kitchen with a full plate of delicious food. I’m a big food guy. I truly believe happiness is a mindset, and I’ve been challenging myself to see that in the little things. Great question though, probably one of my favorite interview questions to date.