Jake Dollery – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

JD: I’m basically an old rocker although I have an eclectic taste in music which is reflected in the music I produce.


PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

JD: I was born in raised in Reading UK and have pretty much lived in or around Reading all my life. I first picked up the guitar at the age of 19 because I thought it would impress the ladies! I’ve been musically active for over 35 years and my passion for making original music never deminishes.


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

JD: I love being creative and with every song I write I aim for it to better than the last one. I write a lot about how I feel and take an introspective look at myself. I’ve written quite a few songs that explore my mental health issues. I also like trying to tell stories in my lyrics.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

JD: In essence, I’m a 55 year old hobbiest, but I would just like people to hear my stuff. Quite a few internet radio stations play my tunes regularly and I’m hoping that some of my songs could be picked up by an ad agency or TV company just so I might be able to make a few quid.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

JD: By far my proudest moment was being nominated as ‘Best Male Artist 2020’ on Radio Wigwam (I didn’t win, but the nomination was totally unexpected and incredibly humbling)


PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?

JD: With so much competition in getting heard, its hard work. I’ve just released a new album; Love Death + Alcohol’ so I’ve plugged it through the usual social media sites and sent the album to as many Radio stations as I can. I’m hoping BBC Introducing will play a couple of tracks from it soon.


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

JD: I gave up live performances a few years ago and just concentrate on being ‘a recording artist’


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

JD: I use them but they are a fucking con! Amazon sells my album for £7 – I get £3! Spotify streamed my music 1,000s and 1,000s of times for a meagre £5


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

JD: Oh there are 100’s, too many to mention, sorry


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

JD: Better financial returns from downloading and streaming sites


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

JD: I taking a little break from writing and recording having spent the last six months working on the album I’ve just released. So I’m doing a little promotional work


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online? 

JD: All major streaming and down load sites or CDs from my website

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