Exclusive: Interview with Jake Bass

*Sean Forbes is currently hosting a Pledge Music campaign to help him attend K-12 high schools across the country and share his story of overcoming obstacles and achieving his goals, and inspiring over 20,000 kids in the process. Pledgemusic.com is a crowd-source funding website that focuses solely on bands and music. This past winter Sean and crew went out on a five week tour across the northeast and midwest, attending 20 K-12 schools and spoke to over 10,000 students. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and we’re looking to do that again. Some of the schools we attended, the students have never met a Deaf individual before, so we were able to expose a whole new culture and community to some of these students. You can learn more about the Pledge Music campaign and see some of the awesome rewards for pledging here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/seanforbes Those that pledge will also be able to see an exclusive NEW unreleased music video for Sean’s song titled “Watch These Hands”, directed and edited by Adrean Mangiardi, Assistant directed by Mark Levin, and cinematography from Wayne Betts Jr. Sean also released a new music video titled ‘We Interrupt This Program’:  

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. My father and uncle are in the industry so from the time I could walk music has been a huge part of my life. I basically grew up in the studio. My first hands-on experience with music was when I was about eight years old and from then on I knew just what I wanted to do. I began to play guitar, drums, bass and especially piano. It wasn’t until I was about 14 when I really started writing and producing songs. It was only a year after that when I met Sean Forbes and from then on, the rest is history.

At what point did realize that you wanted to do music for the rest of your life?
Like I mentioned before I was eight years old when I decided I wanted to do music after I got a drum set for Hanukkah.

What is your best performance that you’re proud of so far?
I can’t really pick the best performance so far but I tell you the craziest one was performing on the Brooklyn Bridge in Las Vegas right on the strip.

If you could give a young musician/ actor advice based on your experiences so far, what would you recommend that he/she should do?
My advice for a young musician would be to research, study as much as you can, listen to as much as you can for as long as you can and as late as you can. That’s what I did every day and every night when I was younger and I still do it to this day.

What is the most craziest fan moment you/or your band have ever experienced?
Craziest moment for me was when we were in New York and I had a bunch of 15-year-old girls after me as if I was Channing Tatum, they were in love. They didn’t really care about Sean, it was creepy and weird and nuts!!!

What are your future plans?
My future plans are to continue living in the moment and enjoying every second. Life is short but there’s still a lot more music to be made and eventually I’d like to further my music into movies and tv.

Completely Silly Random Questions:
What is the craziest thing you would do for love or money?
I’ve done a lot of crazy things so really it would depend on the situation and I probably would have no problem with doing whatever.

If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
If I only had six months to live I wouldn’t want to know I try to live life to the fullest every day.

You have the choice to live with a gorilla who knows sign language or a dog who sings lullabies, which do you choose?
I love gorillas and I love dogs so I would have to choose both, regardless it would be amazing.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
If I were a superhero I would love to be able to fly not because I think it be cool and cause it’d be impossible it would be just because I hate to drive.

Who is your favorite celebrity and why?
My favorite celebrity would have to be Prince because he is one of a kind in so many ways plus he’s one amazing musician.

My favorite part: The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire.

The ten questions Lipton asks are:

What is your favorite word?
My favorite word is arithmetic; the way it slides off the tongue is like a mini massage… For my mouth.

What is your least favorite word?
My least favorite word is community, I have the inability to say it correctly.

What turns you on?

Intelligence turns me on, it’s important.

What turns you off?
Nasty teeth turn me off, go to the dentist.

What sound or noise do you love?
I love the sound of a dope rhythm section; the groove is everything to me.

What sound or noise do you hate?
I hate the sound of my dog having an asthma attack; I fear the worst.

What is your favorite curse word?
My favorite curse word is Fuck; it’s a wonderful release for any situation.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I would like to attempt being an astronaut; space is fascinating to me.

What profession would you not like to do?
I would not want to be in the medical field; too many germs and I don’t like needles.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
I’d like to hear god say good news there’s no such thing as cholesterol up here… Have at it; White Castle will be on your right pass the gate.

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