Jake Ewald is a singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist living in Philadelphia, PA, known for his work with Modern Baseball, and more recently, Slaughter Beach, Dog. When he’s not on tour, you can probably find him drinking coffee, reading a book, or writing his next record.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
I actually sleep very well, but I am often anxious during the day. Right now I’m a little nervous about this trip I’m about to take to Australia (maybe that will be old news once this is published and we’ll see how it really turned out!). I’m going over to play some solo shows and I’m traveling completely alone. I’ve been there a couple times with my old band, so I’m not nervous about the technicalities of the trip, but for some reason I’m really afraid that I’m going to get sick before I leave and then have a terrible time all by myself. Beyond that possibility, I am very excited for the trip.
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
I wouldn’t classify this as “cool,” but I just read in the paper that the city of Philadelphia (where I live) is going to start establishing safe injection sites for addicts in an effort to reduce overdoses and hopefully get people better access to treatment. A few weeks ago the governor officially declared a state emergency for the opioid epidemic in PA. This year there were four times as many overdose deaths as there were murders in Philadelphia, so it’s nice to see the government doing something serious about it.
This year there were four times as many overdose deaths as there were murders in Philadelphia, so it’s nice to see the government doing something serious about it
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
My buddy Ian and I run a recording studio in Philly called The Metal Shop and we’ve been hunkering down over here since we’ve been off the road for a few months. It feels really good to get back in the swing of recording and gear hunting and looking for ways to improve the space. That whole process has been really exciting.
4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?
I would love to spend a day in a studio with John Congleton. That guy has the right idea.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
School of Rock