Jake Bugg Interview

English songwriter and indie folk musician, Jake Bugg, recently joined Joey Spehar on the Morning Mix to speak about his musical career and newest album Shangri La. Bugg also announced his place in the Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival lineup this June.

Jake Bugg is merely 20 years old and has already released two full length studio albums, the most recent of which was produced with Rick Rubin. Rubin is a critically acclaimed producer who has worked with acts such as The Beastie Boys, Run D.M.C. and Metallica and he was the man behind Def Jam Recordings along with other various appraised record labels. Bugg’s 2013 release Shangri La is named after Rubin’s studio in Malibu, California and when asked about his experience working with Rick, Bugg expressed no original feeling of intimidation with the producer.

“At that time I’m 19 years old, I’ve still got a lot to learn. I didn’t really know the reputation that Rick had which was cool because it allowed me to get to the studio and meet him for who he was and just allow me to do what I do. To me, it seemed like he genuinely cared about making cool records and everything was chilled and relaxed, I just had a good time.”   

Bugg has already been referred to as the next Bob Dylan and the voice of a generation, but he does not feel the heavy pressures of these terms that many young musicians might feel who are in the same position. “Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, it’s all been done before. I don’t aspire to be anything but myself. I just want to make records,” says Bugg.

We are excited see Jake Bugg perform this summer at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh on June 15th. For information on what Bugg is up to check out his website.