Billie Joe Armstrong’s Son Jakob Danger Talks Debut EP, ‘Musical Family’
Congrats on having your first show! What does it feel like to be playing live as a band now?
It’s really fun! In some of the songs that I recorded, I kind of wanted to change a few things. It’s really fun to have guys I can work with, and we can change up songs and have fun with it. It’s so much fun. It’s amazing! I love it.
When did Burger Records approach you for a record deal?
They approached me at the end of the summer because my brother is pretty good friends with the guys at Burger. After I put my songs out, they heard them and were really stoked on them, so they asked my brother if he would talk to me about maybe doing a tape or doing something of that sort. We ended up doing an EP!
Were you a huge fan of Burger going into the deal?
Yeah, I love Burger Records. I love a bunch of the bands on the label. I like Dog Party a lot. They played with my brother a few times. They’re another one of my favorite bands!
It’s always refreshing to hear songs about being young written by actual teenagers. Do you have any other young or teen artists you admire right now?
I really like King Krule. He put out a bunch of solo stuff. He’s amazing. He’s so good. I love his stuff. I love Jack and Eliza. They have so many songs that are so cool. I love their guitar parts. Those are my two favorites.
Do you have any ideas on how you’ll balance high school with your music career?
I don’t actually know what I really want to do. There’s some stuff I want to do besides music. I like arts. I like acting. I like school, I guess, in general. I guess I’m just going to wait and see what I really want to do at that time and just keep going with music and see where I’m at next year. Then I’ll base everything off of that.
With your dad and brother both being musicians, were you even expecting to find yourself creating your own music and seeing people react the way they have to it?
I come from a musical family [laughs], but [the reaction] was awesome. I didn’t really read too much about what people were saying. I saw a few articles, like the Rolling Stone article you guys put out on Wednesday. That was awesome. It’s great how people have been reacting.
Can you tell me a little more about your other interests outside of music?
I love drawing and acting. Those are two things I’ve been doing since elementary school. I’m still acting, so I might go to an acting college or maybe an arts college. I’m not too sure. Definitely something in that area!
What are you listening to right now?
Oh, man. Let me look at my iTunes real quick [laughs]. Oh, that new Wavves album that came out? That is amazing. So good. I like the new Fidlar album that came out. I like the Beach Fossils album from last year, Clash the Truth. Those are probably the three albums I’ve been listening to the most right now.
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