Multi instrumentalist and indie pop rock artist Jake Huffman chats to Headliner about discovering his musicality as a solo artist, his impressive songwriting credits, and his new single Martyr, which he wrote, recorded and produced at the famous Power Station New England Studio and is a nod to his upcoming EP.
Despite having only relatively recently embarked on a solo music career, Huffman was busying himself with show rehearsals and a brand new release when he joined Headliner on a Zoom call towards the end of January. It had certainly been a productive start to the year for the singer-songwriter, who tells Headliner with a wry smile, “it’ll be nice to get a little bit more sleep next week.”
Huffman began his journey as the lead vocalist and drummer in rock band McLovins, who’s video cover of Phish’s You Enjoy Myself went viral on YouTube overnight in 2008 and catapulted them firmly into the spotlight.
“All this stuff makes me feel so old now, because it was so long ago,” Huffman laments. “I was 14 at the time. Me and my two other buds, Jason and Jeff, threw that cover up for our friends and family, and lo and behold, we woke up the next day and the video had gone viral with 10,000 views overnight. With those 10,000 views came about 300 emails from promoters asking us for gigs. That video really changed the trajectory of my life, and solidified the fact that I wanted to be a musician.