We had the good fortune of connecting with Jake DeMarco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jake, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work is being able to play music with people that I love being around doing something we all love. It’s never really felt like work, and I’m super grateful for that. But it started out much different. Writing, performing, and recording music was always a dream of mine and it was my space to get away from the world for a little. I worked in a restaurant for a long time and played in groups around Denver on my days off, but soon enough I started getting hired more, getting to travel more, and getting to do what I loved more. With that, I saw an opportunity to pursue music full time. Now that my work life has shifted, and I am fortunate enough to sustain myself as a musician, It’s been interesting to see my work lifestyle turn into what I always dreamed of. But sometimes I’ll come home from long studio sessions or a week of shows and feel that imbalance of work and personal life. It took me a while to find a happy balance between the two because it was such a new lifestyle for me. But I’ve been finding ways to keep it where it is my profession, but also that place where I can get away from everything. I like to keep a personal side to music, like solo work or side projects with my friends, where I can sustain that balance.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Usually, my schedule consists mostly of going to rehearsals and teaching lessons through the week, and then playing shows Thursday-Sunday. But lately I’ve been getting work outside of Colorado, so a lot of my weeks are spent traveling to studio sessions.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Some of my favorite spots in the city for a Denver day trip would be starting at the Denver Art Museum, then checking out some records at Twist and Shout, then grab some sushi over at Izu, then finally watching a show at The Mercury Cafe.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I definitely couldn’t do what I love without the support from my mom. She has always been there for me and always supported the opportunities I’ve gotten, no matter how crazy they seemed. I also couldn’t be where I’m at without Robert Knight. He was the first person to give me a big opportunity and set me up with a ton of connections that have helped my career immensely. He has also been a huge mentor to me because of his involvement in music history and his belief in younger musicians.
-Chris Ryan -Robert Knight -Rich Cummings -Justin Hein -Matthew Batchelder -Jared Marx