Jake has just released the fourth of his series of albums from 2011. That’s it there. Have a listen.
It’s a bit of a landmark, because it marks the end of a major project for him. The idea was that he would just collect together everything that he’d finished at the end of every three-month period, compile it in a pleasing order, and put it up for free download (or pay, if you prefer) on Bandcamp.
His intention was simply to get better at making electronic music. He calls it ‘growing up in public’. It works.
A substantial body of work
Across the four albums, there are 37 new recordings, including five remixes of other people’s tunes, a couple of collaborations and a whole lot of original compositions. He’s produced, mixed, and mastered everything here – as well as created the album artwork for all four.
As you’d expect, I’m incredibly impressed and rather proud. Despite having a lot of other things going on in his life (including A-levels, working at music festivals and the whole ‘moving to India’ thing), he’s stuck at it, kept going and achieved his objective.
Part of an ongoing process
The other recording he’s done – the release that came out before this 4-album project began – was a project to make 30 new tracks – one a day for 30 days.
In that project, he was learning from a standing start. That’s real growing up in public. And you can hear the rapid development and the early ideas. Interesting stuff – and some surprisingly successful tunes and interesting experiments in there.
2010 was about learning how to do it. 2011 was about sophistication, the process of composition and fine-tuning of technical skills. I’m really excited to see what 2012 will be about for his music.
The lesson’s a good one, I think: in order to get good at something, keep doing it. Having some sort of external pressure – like a deadline and a small but growing fanbase – also helps.
How to be smarter than your dad
Listening through to all of the 2011 albums in sequence, I have favourite tracks on all four of them. What develops (at least to these ears) is his understanding of sound, sophistication in production and his grasp of mastering and producing. I was a professional sound engineer for a good ten years of my life or more, and I never had the depth of knowledge about audio that Jake has.
I’d like to think that having clocked up more listening hours and a bigger variety of studio production work means I still have something to contribute on those odd occasions when he asks my opinion about stuff… but that’s breadth, rather than depth.
I’d encourage you to check out his music. Download it for free or give him a few dollars or pounds as you see fit. Apart from anything else, it’s really rather good. And I’m not just saying that because I’m his dad. Honest.
The Jake Dubber discography (cont.)