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Who are you and where are you from?
My name is Jake Major. My nicknames range from simply ‘mullet’, due to my hideous hairstyle, to ‘Sergeant Major’. I’m from a little place called Killingworth, which is north of the toon.

What is it you do?
I make electronic music inspired by that of the 1980s, using three synthesizers, one of them being a keytar!

How long have you been doing it?
I have been in this game for about 5 years or so now. It started off with learning covers and playing around with them for the first year or so, and then I began writing my own tunes once I had more of an understanding.

And then, very suddenly, I was doing my first gig back in June 2022, at a jubilee street party. Much to the disdain of the people there I think, who weren’t really there to have heavy synth music melting their faces.

Fast forward to now, and I’m regularly filling support slots for fantastic bands and artists in the various amazing venues we have in this city.

What inspires you?
Of course, many of the synthesizer artists from the late 70s/80s are my main inspirations. People such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder, John Foxx and more alike.

However, I also take a lot of inspiration from films such as Blade Runner, Scarface and Once Upon a Time in America. All are from the 1980s, and all have the most amazing scores. Blade Runner and Scarface really convey the synthwave vibe visually as well as sonically. Whereas Once Upon a Time in America has an unreal, Ennio Morricone orchestral score, arguably some of his best work, and visuals from all through history. The cinematic nature of this film and the strong emotions throughout really cement me into a dark place for a while where I can turn my sorrow into beautiful compositions.

As well as this, I get inspiration by simply walking down the street and looking around me, listening to the hustle and bustle.

Tell us about your music.
As I say, the 80s synth inspiration is huge, although I channel it into my music rather than try to recreate the sound, in order to get the most unique style possible.

I often devise stories or imagery in my head, which I think about whilst creating my music. Sometimes this is real and sometimes it’s totally imagined, or a bit of both!

The thing I love about instrumental music is that it is up for interpretation. I’ll always know what the tunes are really about, what they are ‘soundtracks’ to. But people can make these songs the soundtrack to their own memories, whether they’re happy or dark. I like to think my songs can offer comfort in some way, and help you let those emotions out.

What have you got coming up in the future?
I have a gig coming up at HMV Newcastle on the 27th of April, where I’ll be joined by DJ Buzzila and Marq Electronica for a fully electronic event. Free to see of course! Please do come down.

I also have lots of new material headed your way, and when I have enough of this out there, I’d be thrilled to look into my first headliner gig.

Where can people find out more about you?
You can stay up to date with all things music and some things more personal on my Instagram account, @jakemajor1, as well as Facebook, which is just Jake Major. 

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