About Jake Martin
Since launching his solo career only three years ago, Jake Martin has propelled his music to audiences internationally, with extensive tours in Australia, the UK, America and Europe. Jake's popularity and commitment inspired a permanently nomadic lifestyle, allowing him to tour relentlessly; racking up over 200 shows in the past 18 months, and booking 19 festivals in his first season.
Jake's sound is a distinctively energetic and engaging blend of brash acoustic punk, and melodic indie folk. He intelligently blends tales of life, love, and the road, with dark satire, politics, and his own cheeky brand of cider fuelled humour. Add Jake's witty ability to captivate and animate any room of strangers, his memorable sing along anthems, and the occasional bit of furniture climbing, and the result is an electrifying “every show like it’s the last” performance.
After 8 years founding and fronting popular Brighton-based Skacore outfit The Junk, touring the UK and Europe several times over, and building a large loyal fan base, in 2014 Jake started writing as a solo artist. His debut EP “For F**k’s Sake Jake” was released in September 2014 through Aaahh Real Records, and he began touring whenever possible.
In March 2016 his first full album "We Take Them at Dawn" was completed, and his solo career began to create momentum. Determined to focus all efforts on his music, and eager to pursue audiences worldwide, Jake left his job and home to tour on a full-time basis, and the rest of 2016 saw tours spanning the UK, Europe, and Australia, where he also signed to Dead Memory Records.
For 2017 Jake wanted to take his music to new audiences: festivals. Relatively unknown to the scene, his obvious talent and strong work ethic booked him 19 festivals over 5 months, including Boomtown, Beautiful Days and Farmer Phil's. In June 2017 Jake headed to the USA for Memphis Punk Festival, Midwest Punkfest and a 4 week long tour, before returning to a summer of festivals and a third mainland Europe tour.
2018 is promising to be Jake's most successful year yet, with the release of his much awaited second EP, "1555 Syllables That Mean Everything" due in April, and already more tours, and bigger festival slots confirmed.
In his short solo career Jake has already shared stages with the talents of Ferocious Dog, Roughneck Riot, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Louise Distras, Smokey Bastard, Gaz Brookfield, Nick Parker, Billy Liar, Doozer Mcdooze, Sean McGowan, Maelor Hughes, Ducking Punches, Rob Lynch, The Slackers, and The JB Conspiracy, to name a few.
“What Jake brings is a message of individuality, of rage turned to contemplation, of social comment and a gentle disdain for those still star struck by scene and celebrity. But more than that these messages are grafted on to songs that are so memorable, so accessible and so great that you will be singing them on the way home from the gig long before you revel in playing the CD the next day”
(Dave Franklin-Dancing about Architecture)
“Stories of life on the road and a love affair with touring, Jake Martin paints vivid a picture. If you get the chance to catch him live, don't hesitate!"
(Tom Simpkins- BBC Introducing )
"It’s sometimes tricky to find inventiveness and originality in solo acoustic artists these days, and whether it’s in the attitude driven ‘I Don’t Wanna Be Your Heroes’ or the self deprecating humour in the title track of his EP ‘For F**k’s Sake, Jake’, there’s something refreshing about Martin"
(Ally Gale- Slate the Disco)
“His songs serve up the attitude you would expect, with titles like ‘Revolution is Always Late’, but they also have a self portrait quality about them which kind of marks him out as a wolf in punks clothing”
(Richard Archer- Repeat fanzine)