Jake Whiskin

After trading Sunday League football for sifting through his dad’s record collection; Leeds singer-songwriter Jake Whiskin quickly taught himself to play guitar and began writing his first songs aged 12.

Following his early obsession with Nirvana, Jake quickly fell in love with the classic songwriting of Neil Young and Tom Petty, the latter of whom he made a pilgrimage to Austin to see on the final Heartbreakers tour. Returning to Yorkshire with renewed energy and a head full of ideas, Jake began to develop his craft.

Jake’s music blends melancholic Americana with contemporary production from collaborators such as James Skelly (The Coral/Blossoms), James Kenosha (Rhodes / Gavin James) and M Allen Parker (The Black Keys / Dan Auerbach) as songs addressing themes of loss, love, escapism and family history are delivered with striking honesty.

Debut single ‘Dark Days’ is a touching message of support to someone suffering with depression. The acoustic led track (out 19th November) is delivered with such delicacy that, despite painting a picture of despair in its subject, provides an underlying feeling of hope and camaraderie.