Written by: Jen Dan
LA native and multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Jake Davis made a splash with his cover of Work Song by Hozier last year and now he’s back as the Jake Davis Band, set to release debut EP The Valley in the near future. Indie pop/rock and electronic sonics nestle together in The Valley, which was co-produced by electronic sampling maestro Dekku.
In the summer of 2015, after the spectacular response to his cover, Davis went all-in musically. He formed the Jake Davis Band with his friends Jordan Meltzer (guitar), James Harmon (bass), and Eddy Barco (drums). The band has been packing venues, including a residency at the popular LA club The Satellite, and energizing audiences with its electrifying performances.
Davis recently delivered lead single, Saying It Right, ahead of the EP release. It’s a prime example of Davis’s creative aesthetic, combining catchy melodies with a rich synths-based flow, guitar and drums-driven tempo, and subtly profound lyrics. Davis affirms, “I think what stands out is the writing, the hooks and the lyrics.” The subject matter of Saying It Right touches upon the difficulty in translating thoughts into words and the vicious cycle of insecurity that it can breed. The seriousness of the lyrics are buoyed by Davis’s brightly airy vocals, crisp guitar and drum rhythms, and lightly percolating synths notes.
Davis embraced his creative nature and that of his LA surroundings at a young age, honing his vocals and mastering his craft in guitar, bass, drums, mandolin, and even ukulele. Davis attended UCLA and produced many local bands during his time there. He learned the technical side of music-making and now records, produces, edits, and colors his own material, both compositions and videos, in his self-constructed home studio.