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 is a musician, comedian, writer and educator whose artistic journey has taken me halfway around the world and back. He left an Ivy League education and transferred to Berklee College of Music in 2010, in order to turn his greatest passion into a full-time career. Jake’s eclectic resume includes founding indie rock band Drunken Logic, countless dueling piano shows, music directing for improv and sketch comedy, and countless other gigs. Since moving to Los Angeles in March 2018, Jake has starred in a musical at the Hollywood Fringe Festival and co-written and -starred in a sketch show at the world famous Second City comedy theater, where he also works as a music director and a faculty union organizer. He has worked as an educator for a variety of schools non-profit organizations, and created a songwriting curriculum for charter middle- and high-school students through the LOUD program during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, Jake graduated with honors and a degree in community music from the University of Southern California, and this academic work has led to published articles, podcast episodes, and presentations at conferences around the world. While doing all of this, Drunken Logic released The Loudness Wars, a rollicking concept record (and in-development musical theater production) about American polarization and decay, and continued to release singles and EPs as well.
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4 ReviewsEndorse Jake Cassman
Jake is very easy to work with. Delivered exactly what I asked for technically and more than I had hoped for artistically.
I have seen this man perform in multiple venues so honestly and enthusiastically recommended him to anyone. I'd be willing to wager that musicians don't come more talented or committed than Jake Cassman. Hire this man. Play with him. Listen to him.
I have met, performed on the same bill, and hosted Jake at my house a few times in 2018 and 2019 when he brought his tours to Reno, NV. He is a very thoughtful and intelligent person who performs well-written original music and gives me great advice when I need/ask for it. I highly recommend "The Loudness Wars" because of the music arrangement, composition, and album package as a whole. I look forward to working with him in the future and I hope you take the time to listen and invest in Jake and his music pursuits.
Jake is an extremely talented and versatile musician. I worked with Jake for over a year on a monthly live comedy show. Jake performed piano accompaniment for improvised scene work and songs. Jake made the shows great with his ability to create soundtracks on the fly, pulling from a multitude of styles and genres. Jake is also a consummate professional and a pleasure to work and perform with.
Interview with Jake Cassman
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: My experience is entirely with digital.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: meeting new people and learning from them!
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 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 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 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: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm detail oriented, professional and prepared,
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: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Did you remember to take the lens cap off?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock. But I've worked on country, folk, rock, pop and more.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Songwriting. Though my vocals and keys aren't that far behind :)
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 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: 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 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: 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.