We had the pleasure of interviewing Jake Huffman, and here’s what he had to say:
Q: How long have you been making music?
HUFFMAN: I’ve been writing and recording music since I was 14. I started in 2008 with a jam band turned Alt rock group called McLovins. I later started writing children’s music and lyrics for Sesame Street in my early 20s. Interestingly I think my process is a blend of the jamband and the children’s music hah!
Q: What do you enjoy most about making music?
HUFFMAN: Making music is like speaking a universal language. The people who listen to my music are spread out across the globe, it’s wild to connect with so many different humans. The process of creating is a gift, It makes me feel like a child letting my imagination rum the show. I feel lucky to have found a purpose in the arts.
Q: . What is your best part about “Body Talk”?
HUFFMAN: The best part about “Body Talk” is playing it live. This song just hits all the spots (and the spots between the spots). It’s 100% a fan favorite already, so I’m excited to get it out into the world.
Q: Who is one artist you think has had a significant influence on your sound?
HUFFMAN: I’m sure like most musicians I can’t just pinpoint one artist. I actually find that recently my inspiration has been coming from other creative art forms. Believe it or not reading about and watching Chefs like Roy Choi and Francis Mallmann have been huge inspirations.
Q: What is the best show you’ve ever played? Why?
HUFFMAN: I’m lucky to have played some pretty significant shows in my career while touring with McLovins from playing festivals like Bunberry, Mountain Jam and Gathering of The Vibes to opening up for artists like Buddy Guy and The Gin Blossoms. Recently I’ve created sort of a musician eco-system/collective, I’ve found that every show feels more special than the last.
Q: What would you say was a not-so-great show you played? Why and what did you learn from it?
HUFFMAN: I mean has a band really toured if they haven’t played empty Tuesday nights in Minnesota? I subscribe to the theory that to have massive career highs you most likely will have to endure equally underwhelming moments as well. After all this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Interviewed by Zoey King
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