One of Australia’s most exciting new pop artists Jake Marra has announced his magnetic debut single The Day That You Left, a hard-hitting track that details the wave of emotions that follows a significant loss, and how it feels to be drowning in the swell. This magnetic single is out now.
The Day That You Left will be everything and more for fans of Charli XCX, Troye Sivan and Dua Lipa – heartfelt, sincere lyricism paired with an irresistible beat and killer, sharp production. The sentiment behind the track is intensely relatable; most will identify with the feeling of being fixated on everything said and done by someone just before they leave you for good. Jake tells Hi Fi Way a bit more about it.
How has the build-up been leading up to the release of the single?
I was going between excitement and full-blown breakdowns! Haha. The song was finished entirely by December 2019, but didn’t come out until March 2020, and in that four months I went from super excited, to incredibly worried. This is my first single, and I was scared about the reaction, scared it wasn’t good enough, all the self-doubt crept in and took over. The thought of scrapping the release went through my head a few times. I had to step back and realise that I love the song with my whole heart, and I like to think I have good taste! I’ve dreamed of doing this for so long and I couldn’t just give up before I even started! Now that it’s out I feel like I can breathe again! The response has been overwhelmingly positive and reassured me that this is exactly what I was meant to be doing.
Was the process of making your single as challenging as you thought?
It was a lot easier than I anticipated. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and very insecure, so I was apprehensive going into the studio. I didn’t want to make a fool of myself, or choke under pressure. That wasn’t the case at all. Ben Oldland, who co-wrote and produced “The Day That You Left”, is an absolute DREAM to work with. We clicked instantly and I knew making music with him would be a breeze. This single came out of nowhere and was almost entirely finished that very same day. It was a really exciting moment for me. It helped me realise that with the right people around me, I can do anything I set my mind to.
Sonically, how would you describe your music?
I like to think my music is the love child of every great pop artist over the last 20 years. Britney, Xtina, Rihanna, Robyn, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, Dua Lipa. The list is endless. I’m a huge fan of pop music. It’s what I grew up on. I want to take everything I’ve learned over the years from these incredible artists and combine them with stories about my complete mess of a life. That’s me. Certified bops with uncomfortably relatable lyrics.
Who would you consider to be the biggest influence on your music and why?
If you twisted my arm and made me narrow it down to one, it’s gotta be Britney Spears. I don’t think pop music would be what it is today without her. She set the bar with every release, and it’s forced everyone else to up their game. The standard of pop music in 2020 is so high. She’s the reason I fell in love with pop music. “Oops…. I Did It Again” was one of the first albums I owned and I still listen to it today for inspiration. Shout out to Max Martin. What a LEGEND!
Best piece of advice you have been given?
Focus on your biggest goal in life and work backwards. No dream is too big, no matter how far-fetched or impossible you think it is, there’s always a way there if you’re willing to put in the work. Just focus on your biggest goal in life and work backwards. For example, I would love to play at Coachella someday, which I’d normally tell myself is impossible, but let’s entertain that idea. What would I need to do before that? I’d probably need to play at some local festivals, and before that, I should do a heap of headline gigs, but before that, I should probably try and find some spots as an opening act. Do you see where I’m going with this? When you put things into perspective, nothing seems impossible anymore
Are you looking to tour more broadly?
I would love to tour eventually. Being so early into my musical journey, I don’t think I’m ready for that just. When I do, I want to be able to deliver the best show possible. After seeing the likes of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande live, I know what a great pop show looks like, so I’ve got big ideas! Just need some more time to execute them!
What’s next for Jake Marra?
For now, just constantly writing and recording music. I’m hoping to drop another single by the end of the year and keep the momentum going, but I also don’t wanna put too much pressure on myself. I want to enjoy these moments while they happen. I’m finally doing what I’ve always dreamed of. I’m definitely not done though. This isn’t the last of Jake Marra!
Interview By Rob Lyon