Jake Smith


Lead guitarist of 13 Bloodshot, check out my solo work here and on YouTube and Spotify as "The Music Person". Really appreciate any music that shows talent and deep thought went into it, especially any form of rock or metal music. 20 years old and open to any projects/collabs with other musicians here.







What is music to you? What does it give you?

I was a loner kid in a small religious country town surrounded by a culture I couldn't relate too. Until I finally got into my schools music program, picked up my first guitar (and trumpet cause school reasons) and found what I could be a part of. From there I graduated as one of the marching bands star pupils. So in other words: Music gave me everything.

What is your music dream?

If I can't play or sell it for a living, I want to teach the next generation how to rock in whatever way possible.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

Kill the bigots and end the more destructive religions in the world.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

"Welcome to my life." By simple plan. Its only grown more and more relatable with age.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Many of them are local. RE:BIRTH, Defy the Tyrant, Magnolia Haven, Shovel to the Moon, and A Brilliant Lie are all great. I also enjoy Bon Jovi, Green Day, Black Veil Brides, Set It Off, Sensesfail, and The Word Alive.

What inspires you to make music?

I always used it to encourage myself when I was younger, I've performed for mentally Ill patients and found it having a positive effect. If I can make more and more people happy with my music, then I'll keep going as long as that persists

What is the message you want to send with your music?

"We're all sharing this life together, and you're never alone in your pain because of that. So let's live it united and in peace, rather than tear each other down."

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel great. I lose my anxiety and awkwardness and feel like somebody else. And I love the way it makes me feel.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Many people are too negative to the small, upcoming musicians. They should give smaller bands a chance rather than acting like every successful band started that way.

What do you think of Drooble?

I like the concept. Could use polish and more users (and an app that I don't think it has at the moment).

What frustrates you most as a musician?

"You guys get paid 10 dollars of the 400 you generated, assuming we pay you at all and don't skimp for some petty reason, cause you're just a local act and most of the people you brought in came at the beginning instead of just for your set so we don't have to count them as your guests. Enjoy your two hour drive home." If you do this I'm trashing your shitty venue in person and online. Pay your musicians. Period.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I listen to local acts on my Spotify playlist, I stay for the whole show when I'm performing, and I buy merch from bands I feel really deserve it.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

A real message behind their songs, real thought put into writing the songs themselves, original writing styles instead of relying on reusing old beats and riffs.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Defy The Tyrant, Magnolia Haven, Shovel to the Moon, RE: BIRTH, A brilliant lie, Days to Come, Silent Running, Sacred Owls.