Jake Tittle Interview: “I’ve been scared to say what I believe & don’t believe”

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Tittle’s new single ‘Different Language’ is out now.

In the rocky days of 2016, in the shadow of one of the biggest political upsets in modern history, the world can seem like a far darker, more unfriendly place than it has done for a long while. Jake Tittle, a southern Californian musician of the alt-folk variety, knows more about that than most.

‘Different Language’ – his new single which dropped on December 9th through Make Anything Records – is a prime example of the confusion and disorientation that often erupts in response to dogmatism.

Whilst Jake’s anger isn’t focused on the blonde haired one, his particular type of erudite anger and frustration feels much needed now. Born from the anger and resentment instilled in him by his evangelical upbringing, Tittle’s forceful kickback is as eloquent as you’d want it to be. Tasteful, yet appropriately solemn in parts, ‘Different Languages’ is a single to be excited about when there often feels like little other reason to smile.

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Overblown: Hey Jake. Great to be talking to you. Tell me a little about how you came to be the musician you are today.

Jake Tittle: Well I’ve been sing for as long as I can remember. I was in choirs at church from age 5 up until I was 18 year old. Since the age of 9 I’ve been in a few different bands. The early year were mostly pop punk/metal bands. I started writing on my own when I was 14 after listening to Bright Eyes for the first time. During this time I started playing coffee shops and a few small venues. My senior year in high school I started a band called Sunset Pilgrims but never stopped playing my solo music. Sunset Pilgrims eventual stop play and since then I’ve just been focusing on my solo stuff.

O: What have you been listening to in 2016 that you think our readers might enjoy?

JT: Here’s some new albums that I’ve really been into, Mangy Love by Cass McCombs, Honest life by Courtney Marie Andrews, Everything Feels Better Now by From Indian Lake, Beach Music by Alex G, Black America Again by Common, Ruminations by Conor Oberst, Masterpiece by Big Thief and Blanco by David Bazan.

O: ‘Different Language’ has a really pertinent message for today, in a world where everything and everyone can feel so intolerant. Explain the meaning behind the song for us.

JT: It’s about my struggle with losing faith in a religion when my whole life has been wrapped up in it. It’s also about how I’ve been scared to say what I believe and don’t believe anymore in fear of being shunned from the community I was raised in.

O: What was your experience in the evangelical church that you write about in the track?

JT: Well recently a popular musician was vocal about having some differences in belief from the church and the church acted really shitty towards him. It seemed really messed up to me and after that situation I started noticing this behavior from the church more and more. I came to realize that the church had always been acting this way the whole time and this was a not the most unloving thing they had done to someone. To make a long story short I realized that I also disagreed with the church on a lot of things such as the way they view women or the way they treat the LGBT community just to name a few things. That’s when I decided to leave the church because the church wasn’t a place you could to have a discussion about belief.

O: You’re from the US and there have obviously been some big political developments recently, namely the election of Donald Trump. How did you feel when that happened?

JT: I feel like all the progress that this country has made toward being a fair and free country for all people not just white males could be severely set back. I think the Donald Trump is a terrible person and I’m ashamed that he’s going to be my president. I felt physically sick for days after the election.

O: Where does the US go from here? And what lessons, as an American, would you send to our largely European readership about tolerance and love?

JT: We have to just be loving to everyone. We’re also going to have to protect those who are threatened by the hate Trump is promoting and fight back. I’d say stand up against hate in the most peaceful way possible. I’d also say do you best to educate people about what’s really going on and be educated yourself. American fell for a hate filled lie because people believe shit that isn’t true. Don’t let that happen to you.

O: What’s the plan going forward, Jake?

JT: I’m just writing and recording right now. I’ll have more music in 2017. I’m also hoping to get out on the road more but we’ll see all it depend on how much people want to see me perform live.

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