Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

My name is Jeff Baker. I was born in the summer of 1991 in beautiful Chicago, Illinois.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
My parents bought me my first guitar when I was 13 years old along with a beginner’s music book and I absolutely…. HATED IT. Like most things in my life, I got bored with it very quickly and didn’t feel much passion towards learning “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. It wasn’t until my cousin took me to see my first concert, Green Day at the Allstate Arena, that I realized how much more a guitar and music could be. It made me pick up the guitar again in the hopes that I could reproduce that same energy. My parents relished in the fact that I finally had a legitimate interest in my life and promptly signed me up for lessons at our local music store. It was there that I learned how to mix my passion with discipline. It forced me to focus my mind like never before and gave me hope that the future could be full of excitement.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
I guess my genre would be considered pop. Although I hate labels in the world of music. The genre names have a tendency of forcing an opinion on someone unfairly. I think every songwriter cringes at the thought of being stuck in a genre and would take pride in saying that they have many stylistic influences. I grew up listening to and playing in pop-punk bands. The catchy melodies, aggressive guitar tones, and overall polished sound of those bands always appealed to me. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized the beauty of discipline in song writing and how more “pop arrangements” can positively impact the overall song. The concept behind my song “Pretty Dangerous” is simple. It’s about questioning your trust in someone and getting caught up in someone’s appearance rather than substance.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
4. The biggest downside to being an indie musician is simply going under the radar for so many years. Any musician who says that they don’t care how many people come to their show or how many Spotify plays they have are liars. It is immensely important to us. That being said, I get it. There is A LOT of good music out there and NONE of us are owed your attention. Getting a new listen, a like, or a share is something you have to fight for and earn. It is a thrill to me just to have people give me 3 minutes of their time and listen to my song. Love it or hate it, I appreciate it and hope to gain more traction in the future.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

 I work with an incredibly talented producer/engineer named Raphael Sepulveda. We track the acoustic guitars and vocals live, then build all other aspects of the song in the computer. It creates a unique mix of singer-songwriter and electronic music.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been in and out of bands since I was 16. Steaks For Speakers (High School) Letters From Us (College) Fathers of Medicine (during my time living in Thailand). It’s only recently that I began doing solo stuff. My future goal is to simply continue writing songs that I feel are truthful and relatable. I’ve always been enamored by the beautiful connection that human beings have with music and I am thrilled just to be a tiny part of it all.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Strangely enough, I’ve always been inspired by negative emotions. I found writing music as a way of dealing with sadness, angst, and anger in my own life.. The same way that music works like medicine for a lot of people feeling those emotions. Unfortunately, this type of music has been terribly labeled as “Emo”, which has an unfairly negative connotation to it. I’ve just always been attracted to music that has heart and soul and I’ve always found that writing about darker emotions always you to explore your soul much deeper than fake/generic lyrics about dancing.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
8. If I knew the answer to this, I would be a millionaire.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I don’t like using the word “fans”. I find it pretentious. Musicians are just people with a particular passion that puts them in the spotlight. None of us, from me to the Top 40, are special or deserving of “fans” or “followers”. My biggest turn off is a popular musician who gets a big head and thinks they are special. They should be thankful for every single person who gives their music even 1 second of their time. That being said, I’d like to thank anyone who as ever listened to one of my songs, including the people who have outwardly hated it. For the people who do like my music, I hope I can continue to provide you with meaningful songs in the future.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Don’t be swayed by people’s negativity towards you and your music. You will face A LOT of negativity and hate towards your work. These are just opinions. Nothing more. People are out there who find value in your music. Just keeping playing and you will find them.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

I started my solo life 2 years ago by releasing “Bangkok Sessions”, a 3 song EP that I recorded during my time overseas. Since then, I have been focused on just releasing single songs at a time. I like it because it allows you to focus on one song at a time and not have to worry about an overall feel or theme of an album. It also lets me make a new cover art for each song, which I love. I plan on continuing on with this delivery method.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

The Drunken Coconut has been awesome in helping me promote my last song “Bed Bug”. I’ve gotten a few reposts on Spotify and Soundcloud as well that mean a lot to me.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

My song writing process always starts by just messing around on a guitar or piano. I’ll usually get a general melody in my head and then start writing lyrics to fit those syllables. Once that is done, I’ll record a bedroom demo of it and add all of the electronic instrument parts that I want. This is usually followed by doubting myself for weeks, re-writing the lyrics several times, and then just going back to the original. Self-doubt is a fantastic editing tool.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.
Bruce Springsteen, Blink-182, Twenty-One Pilots, Brand New, and Sia.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
I haven’t recorded any artist to artist collaborations yet, but would love to! I’d really like to do a duet with a female vocalist.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Spotify:https://open.spotify.com/artist/3uEScs0mjC3T6ESuo5ZvcZ

Facebook:http://facebook.com/jeff0baker0sounds
Soundcloud:http://soundcloud.com/jeffbakersounds

Twitter:http://twitter.com/jeffbakersounds

Instagram:http://instagram.com/jeffbakersounds
Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9Bgp_kI52c&t=22s

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
You can search “Jeff Baker Sounds” and find all of my music available on iTunes to purchase. Or go to Spotify, Soundcloud, Youtube, and Pandora to stream, stream, and stream some more.

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
My happiest day is Pizza Friday. My saddest day is Salad Monday.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
I’d buy a million dollars worth of Twinkies. They say those don’t expire. 


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