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Conversations with Jake Reny

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jake Reny.

Hi Jake, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
My name is Jake Reny and I’m an independent alt-pop artist who grew up outside Portland, Maine, USA. I make music from my home studio with my producer Zac Herdrich and other close friends. I take inspiration from other alternative pop artists including LANY, The Band CAMINO, Nightly, The1975, and many more. Both listening to music and making it has provided me an outlet to express my emotions and has been therapeutic for me.

I fully believe that we all go through similar failures, challenges, and successes in life. I use music as an outlet to provide listeners comfort in knowing that people don’t have to go through the hardest and coolest parts of life alone. Apart from my music, I also help run Curbside Skatepark, an indoor skatepark in Sheridan, CO. I love this part of my life and being involved with the skateboard community in Denver and giving back!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have been some bumps in the road for sure! I think just trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my talents was a huge challenge. I believe I’ve been gifted with the ability to write music and skateboard and I want to have my gifts serve a purpose to others.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m an unsigned musician and the main style of music I make is alternative-pop. I write, record, and produce from my home studio along with my friends. I recently put out my first full-length album “asking for a friend” in October 2022 about heartbreak and relationship redemption. I’m so proud of this project and the response has been solid so far. People know me as @jakerenymusic or Jake from Curbside!

Something that sets me apart from others and is also something I’m proud of is the fact that everything I’ve done with music is and was 100% genuine, honest, and authentic. It was all recorded in bedrooms with no big budget for production. It was all real-life stories told through personal experiences, and I’ve learned to grow in being vulnerable through these experiences.

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you.
I’m a believer in hard work and not good luck. In both my life and business ventures I’ve learned to take risks, put in the extra work, and accept the outcomes. A couple of examples would be my move from Maine to Denver back in 2019 and having to work 3 other jobs apart from the skatepark to it now being my main source of income. Another example would be how some songs I’ve released over the years only have around 100 streams, while others I have released in 2022 have close to 10,000 streams.

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Patrick Lau, Raven Rivera, Zach Lindsey, and Samu

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