I'm a vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and music director. I've performed songs from every genre and era, collaborated with countless artists, and recorded and produced 3 albums of my own, and written and staged multiple theatrical productions. I love working with creative and passionate people, and I want to work with you!
Jake Cassman has been halfway around the world and back, developing his powerful artistic voice and global perspective along the way. After attending the UPenn for 2 years, Jake transferred to Berklee in 2010 to pursue the his passion for the arts and a full-time career in music. That leap of faith led to extraordinary opportunities, like hosting radio programs; writing for a music publication; teaching songwriting classes; booking and managing a venue; acting and writing for theater productions; and performing in countless shows, from weddings to dueling pianos to improv comedy. While in Boston, Jake founded the indie rock band Drunken Logic, which has toured multiple times and released three critically acclaimed albums. He also worked as a music director for Boston’s 2 most prestigious improv theaters, and managed one of the most popular wedding bands in New England.
Since moving to LA in 2018, Jake has performed in multiple theatrical productions. In October 2018, Drunken Logic released their third record, The Loudness Wars, an ambitious and eclectic concept album addressing the forces roiling contemporary America and seeking empathy for the people left in their wake. Jake now works as a music director for the world famous Second City Hollywood, and can be found around LA and beyond working as a performer, writer and educator.
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Interview with Jake Cassman
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I've done a little bit of everything! But mostly I write and arrange songs, or record vocals and keyboards. I can play some guitar, bass and drums too.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think Roger Daltrey has the greatest voice in the history of rock n roll, and aspire to have that power and versatility. I love the classic pop/rock pianists as well -- Elton John, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Ben Folds. As a songwriter, I love the economy of bands like Green Day, balanced with the poetry of someone like Jason Isbell. But I love artists from all genres -- I'll listen to Sam Cooke, Billie Eilish, Daft Punk and Tool in the same car ride.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a demo recording setup in my apartment, where I can quickly record live guitar and vocals. I also have a MIDI keyboard and Native Komplete for samples. I record and mix in Logic.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to have some time to chew on an idea before sitting down to take that idea in a direction that fits with the client's vision and my own. Then I keep working on it until we get it right!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to ground every song in the perspective of the person who is writing it -- I want to know what they're feeling, where they are, what they've experienced. I want to know the musical context in which that song is being written or recorded, so I can best pick up on the vibe and carry it through my contribution.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting. Though my vocals and keys aren't that far behind :)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock. But I've worked on country, folk, rock, pop and more.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Did you remember to take the lens cap off?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Probably Beck -- I just figure that would be an unforgettable experience, and what he'd ask of his collaborators would be incredible.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm detail oriented, professional and prepared,
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to Berklee College of Music, and have worked full time in the industry ever since I graduate in 2013. I worked in Boston for another 4 years before moving to LA in March of 2018.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell me everything you can! The more info I have, the more I can do for you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision? Who else are you working with? What's your timeframe? What's your budget?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm just another piano-playing pop-rocker. I tend to write heavier, deeper music than what is usually assumed of me.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: meeting new people and learning from them!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: My experience is entirely with digital.