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"I want an album full of game-changing songs and full of lifestyle hits like we had on Barefoot Blue Jean Night," he says. "Taking my time to do that is way more important than just trying to cram a year's worth of thought into a 10-day period. People know what I can give them now, and if I give them something a little different, I feel like they'll be cool with that and into it. The main thing is I finally have people's attention, where before I was the guy trying to get their attention. Now I have to hang on to it."
The father-to-be hints the next album will be a smorgasbord of "all kinds of songs, from heartfelt, deep tunes to songs that ride the line of Barefoot Blue Jean Night and songs that have depth and artistry. I listen to everything, from Chet Baker all the way to Snoop Dogg. I enjoy taking my influences and putting them in one little stew pot and see what I can get out."
However, Jake is still riding high off the performance of his Endless Summer EP, and hopes to continue releasing music in that form as well.
"I wanted to bypass this antiquated system of waiting around a year to put out another album," he explains. "I'd like to just start putting out stuff when we have it and give it to the fans who have been supporting me for years. This is a little bit of instant gratification for people."
Speaking of instant gratification, fans can see Jake on the road. His next stop is tomorrow (Oct. 18) in Royal Oak, Mich. See more tour dates here.