INTERVIEW: Jake Katzman

Hi Jake, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Good, excited to be interview by VENTS!!! Thanks for having me!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shut It Down”?

“Shut It Down,” is going to be on the soundtrack of a Feature Film called INFLUNECE produced by Busted Bear Productions. A few of my other songs with be on the soundtrack as well. It is about the illusions of Social Media and how people are removed from what is real. The song focuses on how Social Media is an illusion and is not real life. People hide behind a screen with filters both on their pictures and personalities.

Did any event inspire you to write this song?

I was at a party with my friends and everyone was on their phones most of the time. They were texting, taking selfies and checking their status. I thought the party would be more fun if my friends weren’t so attached to their phones. That night, I started to write “Shut It Down.”

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I am in the process of filming a music video for my single “Things Don’t Mean A Thing.” There is definitely going to be a music video for “Shut It Down” when the movie is released.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing process is all over the place for me, it is never the same. Sometimes I write the music on piano or I might create beats with my producer Russell Pollack. Other times I might write lyrics first or come up with a melody in my head.

The recording part is done pretty fast. We lay down the music tracks first. Then we record a few different vocal tracks.

I understand the song is going for a film – did you take this in mind when working on this?

The song was already recorded, and it was introduced to the production company working on the film. They liked it and wanted to use it in their film.

How does your acting background influence your music and the other way around?

My experience in acting introduced me to different cultures, people, and taught me how to give back. It taught me to have a great work ethic and be opened minded. I have been a professional actor since I was 6 years old. I was on a Broadway Musical Show called “Kinky Boots” for over 3 years. I would work 6 days a week on Broadway while going to school full time and doing other projects. I loved it!!!! My music is a combination of what I have learned, people I have met, and what I have observed.

What role does LA play in your music?

Things that are happening all over the world plays a role in my music. I have songs about immigration, bullying, school shootings, and other current topics that effect people.

What have you learned from your experience sharing the set and stage with some of the biggest names in music and film?

I have worked with many amazing legends on Broadway, TV, and Film. I worked with Billy Porter and Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco on Broadway. Brendon Urie encouraged me to play my instruments, write about everything, and never give up. Billy Porter taught me to be proud of who I am. I have worked with Glenn Close, John MalKovich, Patrick Stewart, Christian Slater, and James Franco in some of my movies. They all taught me different thing such as always be open-minded, grateful, to give back, and always work hard.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes! I am always creating new music! It’s always exciting and different.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have two songs ready to drop called “Flow” and “Love Hurts.” You can follow me on any music platform such as Spotify and Apple Music. Check out my website for events.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully next year. Right now, I am involved in some projects.

What else is happening next in Jake Katzman’s world?

I am the host of a show called “#Just Jake.” It is about good kids doing good things.

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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