Why Should You be Listening To...Jake Whiskin
Northern sensation Jake Whiskin has gone from the rugged pitches of Sunday League football to fleeting to the ranks of the UK music scene and beyond.
Born and raised in Leeds, the rising singer-songwriter has taken into account his sweet love obsession of Nirvana and the staple Americana Neil Young and Tom Petty with the travels of his northern upbringing to create seamless picturesque escapism within his music.
Following the release of his debut EP The Isolation Tapes, Whiskin latest release 'Heavy' routes between the dark territories and draws deeper into the influences of Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst. As he brings a cathartic confession beyond the soundscapes of light emo production infused within the atmospheric melodious of alt-folk rock comes to light a vulnerability that he taps into from his whole EP.
Speaking about 'Heavy', Whiskin said: "'Heavy' is all about the feelings of being weighed down by someone and wanting to shake them off. I was listening to Blood On The Tracks by Dylan a lot when I wrote it and wanted to write something more story-based like that record, but my own stuff got in the way, and the story I was writing was pretty close to home. The whole EP is pretty much tapping into that kind of self-examination from different angles, which can be pretty terrifying - but if I’m not a little bit scared at some point in the process, then I’m probably not being as real as I could be."
Whilst he is still fresh to the game, Whiskin possesses an undeniable maturity that glistens throughout his intricate yet relatable music and one that will vastly grow within the ranks of the music industry as he prepares for his upcoming sophomore EP.