Recently Outlet Mag got the chance to talk to alternative pop singer-songwriter, Jake Bosci about his debut EP Wild Love which was released last December. Originally from Australia, the Los Angeles artist received a lot of attention from his debut single Heartbreak which resonated with audiences through open and honest lyrics about getting your heart broken by the love of your life. The music video for Heartbreak is a gorgeous piece of film and was Jake’s first experience with acting and video production.
Wild Love is a bittersweet, six track EP with tracks that explore love, growing up and confusion. His soft folk, crooning voice is paired with an acoustic guitar on a bed of sweet, pop production. Shining throughout the EP are essences of pop-punk, which is greatly evident in the last track of the EP, Let Love Go, and shows Jake’s versatility as he develops his sound. As Jake says, Wild Love is ‘really just an introduction’ and just the beginning of what is yet to come.
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Outlet: First of all, how did you get into music and what kind of music did you listen to when you were growing up?
Jake Bosci: I got in to music because my dad showed me how to play guitar at a young age. Then it got a point where he couldn’t play his own guitar because I would always have it! Dashboard Confessional – MTV Live Unplugged (2002), Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003), Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American (2001).
O: Prior to the release of your track ‘Heartbreak’, you had not released any ‘solo’ work, can you tell us a bit about your previous music endeavours?
JB: I’ve had two projects prior to deciding to pursue a solo release. A band called Ellington and a duo called, The Decoration.
O: Has working on your own been a challenge and how did you develop your unique sound?
JB: Working on my own has been challenging in the sense that there is not a team around me or band members around me to support a release. I think every independent artist feels that strain these days. Writing and playing the songs however has been rewarding and something I have really enjoyed. I feel like this release is a good foundation for me to build on/ continue to grow as a songwriter for sure.
O: How does the writing process work for you and how do you record your writing inspiration when it comes?
JB: Writing for me is generally always done at home. I have a small studio set up so if I do have an idea I can quickly record it. I’ll usually have a guitar part that I like and I’ll sit down and figure out what I want the song to be about and try and write vocals to that. I like to put down a guitar track and then take some time on the lyrics. In saying that, some songs I write in 30 minutes and some may take me 30 days.
O: When you first moved to the United States, did being Australian help you get noticed or hinder your chances?
JB: I’ll be honest I haven’t felt too much either way. Most of my time here has been spent writing and so now that I finally have something out, it will be interesting to see how it is received here and what opportunities I can find here. It’s such a huge country with a lot of great musicians and bands already here so we’ll see.
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O: Congratulations on the release of your EP ‘Wild Love’, can you tell us a bit about how it all came about?
JB: Its 6 songs written all over the place. Some in Nashville, some in Australia. The vibe I would say is pop rock and it’s really just an introduction. I think my best song writing and releases are still ahead of me and I really wanted Wild Love to be just a taste of things to come.
O: ‘Wild Love’ goes best with….
Weather: Rainy days
Drink: Glass of red wine
Place: Late afternoon at home
O: What lyrics from the EP stand out the most?
JB: “Sometimes broken can’t be fixed and all the pieces don’t quite fit so we let love go. When the magic feeling starts to fade and our restless hearts start to stay we let love go.”
O: I have seen a lot of reviews describe ‘Wild Love’ as nostalgic, what does the word mean to you?
JB: I think the production lends itself to an older era perhaps. It doesn’t follow a lot of what is becoming conventional now in terms of pop music production. Lyrically I think it’s romantic, it highlights great times and struggles and hopefully reminds people of an old love or gives them the desire for a new one.
O: Your track ‘Heartbreak’ is quite raw and honest, was it hard for you to put these personal experiences out in the open?
JB: Yeah it is, it’s tough because hearing things like that can be confining and uncomfortable for people. Me being the artist I think that’s what we need more of. Stories people can relate to, things people are experiencing.
O: What would you say is the best way to get over a Heartbreak?
JB: Well I think writing a song is a good bet even though I hope nobody out there has a broken heart ha.
O: What was the process of filming the music video for ‘Heartbreak’ and had you had any previous acting experience?
JB: I have limited experience when it comes to video production or acting. It was a new experience for me and something that got me out of my comfort zone. I worked with two great people in Jesse De Florio and Jonathan Hoeg who both are super talented. We shot it in downtown LA late at night and the whole experience was great.
O: I really enjoyed your track ‘Hurt’ and found it very relatable for that confusing era of teenage years where everything is quite overwhelming. Do you feel that you have ‘made it out’ of that confusing time?
JB: Hurt is my fav track of all of them and I think that’s because it’s the most personal to me. I think the song runs with a few different themes and it’s a similar waiting style I used when in my first band, Ellington. For that I think it maybe reminds me of a few things I was going through as a teenager and I drew from those experiences to write the tune. In general though I do feel out of that confusing time but I think I have not forgotten them.
O: My favourite track off the album is ‘Let Love Go’ which has a very cinematic punk angst vibe and an awesome track to finish the album off with. Can you tell us a bit about the track and was there any intention to take a step away from the pop sound that was evident in the rest of the EP?
JB: Let Love Go and Hurt are my fav kinds of songs to write. The guitars, the big drums and lyrics that are very raw. They were the first couple tracks I recorded and I was working with Lane Johnson in Nashville. I had a decision to kind of keep the songs going down that route or maybe try and show that I can write some other types of songs too. I went with the later but down the road or for an album it will be interesting for me to see what road I go down. Pop/Rock/Acoustic…
O: Your lyrics are quite poetic, have you ever had an interest in literature? If so, who is your favourite poet or writer?
JB: Thank you! I have, I had dreams go writing a book once but I guess things like that take a lot of time and commitment. I admire people that do it. I have always been in to the story and if anything it is nice that one day I can say my lyrics were well thought out, honest, intentional. I think Nicholas Sparks has writing figured out. Great stories.
O: What’s next for Jake Bosci and for 2016?
JB: I would love to get out on the road and play some shows. My main focus for 2016 is getting to a point where I can record an album. I’d like to work closer with my publisher on getting the songs out there a little more and see where I can take these songs.
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