Hi all and thank you for taking the time to read the latest edition of ‘The Music Connection’.
For this edition, I interviewed the Crouch End based singer/songwriter Jakub Drahonsky, who is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Gate.
Q. So Jakub, how did you first get into the music industry?
I started playing guitar when I used to hang around and drink with older guys in rock bands, when I was about 13. At the time, I decided to buy my first acoustic guitar, which was worth less than £10.
I then bought my first electric guitar and spent some time in a music school, playing mainly blues and a bit of jazz. During my studies, I involved my vocal chords and started singing. I have only had one singing lesson in my life, so I’m mostly a self-taught musician. I met Lenka (the bassist of Gate), at university in Prague and after we moved to London, we found our drummer Ryan and started Gate.
Q. What do you think are your biggest achievements within the music industry so far?
We have released 3 EPs and 3 music videos in 4 years of our existence, all from nothing to our own unique sound, style and live shows. Apart from the UK scene, we have played in the Czech Republic for last three years in a row and we’ve also performed at some really cool festivals over there.
Q. What projects are you up to at the moment?
At the moment, our drummer is sadly leaving Gate after careful consideration so it means, this is an open invitation to audition for Gate as a drummer. More info can be provided here: [email protected]
Q. Where can people check out your current projects?
We have profiles on social media, so if you’re on Facebook or Instagram person, look for @gaterockband. The most important, is obviously our music, which is available on most streaming platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. Our music videos are also free to watch on You Tube.
Q. What do you think the future holds in store for you?
In terms of myself, I don’t tend to plan too much ahead, I embrace what the present brings and try not to miss hidden opportunities.
Q. Favourite music artists?
It’s always been the sacred trio – Black Sabbath, Queen and The Beatles. There is so much great music and so much crap too, but I’m not here to judge.
Q. What are your links with Crouch End?
I have been living here with Lenka (partner and Gate’s bassist) for the last two and half years. It’s a very nice area, hopefully it will stay as green as it is now. I have been strongly attached to Highgate Woods but also to the local pubs around Crouch End.
Q. Final words to the people of North London?
Don’t be scared of taking some time off from all the seriousness covered by quick distractions and stereotypes. Life in London is happening even faster than on other places. Go out to see live music and support new original bands.
Thanks again for reading this month’s edition, catch you all soon.
Mark Anthony’s official website can be found at www.markanthonymusic.net