Meet Jake Trevor. NYC’s rising star drops infectious single ‘Bounce Bounce’

"In my mind, I was like, I want to write this really fun, absurd, stupid song about butts!"
24 April 2024
Photo by Andrew Gonzalez

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Introducing Jake Trevor, the dynamic NYC artist behind the infectious single Bounce Bounce. With its driving beat and catchy chorus, this track is set to light up dance floors. Drawing from Major Lazer, Katy Perry, and SOPHIE, Bounce Bounce invites all ages to let loose.

As we await his debut album, JAKE TREVOR, on May 24, Jake promises a diverse musical journey from heartfelt ballads to electrifying club tracks, all themed around rebellion and empowerment. Teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Elliott Lanam, known for his work with Katy Perry, Jake’s album spans genres, appealing to various listeners.

Join us as Jake Trevor shares insights into his music’s inspiration and creative process, from introspective tracks like Should I to bold anthems like Boyfriend. With songs like Gotta Let Go, Jake reveals personal challenges, advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and empowerment.

Looking forward, Jake aims to share his music worldwide and advocate for LGBTQ+ youth. With passion and determination, he seeks to inspire listeners to embrace authenticity and pursue their dreams relentlessly.

I grew up in a super homophobic, really conservative, evangelical home in Tennessee. I wasn’t out until I moved away to NYC. I lost my family after coming out

Could you tell us about the origins of Bounce Bounce and its irresistible energy?

I just started hearing the melody for it in my head, then came the lyrics. I was in a silly, fun mood, and I just started thinking about how we all have a different peach, and how unique we all are. I started seeing people dancing. In my mind, I was like, I want to write this really fun, absurd, stupid song about butts! And I got Bounce Bounce in 10 minutes. Silly songs are good for you, and so is shaking your cake.

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your debut self-titled album, JAKE TREVOR, and its diverse range of musical styles?

The inspiration behind this album is my life. It’s all of my feelings and memories wrapped up into all of these songs. As for the varied genres on the album, I feel like that’s very reflective of who I am and where I’m at right now in life. I’m trying everything, as I’m figuring out who I am and what I want. I will never, ever, ever be boxed in or told I can’t try something.

How did your collaboration with Grammy-nominated engineer/producer Elliott Lanam shape the sound of the album?

Elliott is amazing! He has a way of knowing what it is you’re looking for musically, and bringing out the best in you. I changed much of what I recorded at the last second. At times, I was very spontaneous. But, Elliott knew how to read me. He knew how to hear what I’m hearing, and he just got it. He’s a total wizard, and a master of his craft. I had a great time working with him!

What themes or messages are explored in your music, particularly in tracks like Should I and Best Love?

Oh, God. I’m all over the place! I sing about love, loss, sex, unfair wages, lgbtq+ rights and everything in between. Should I, my album’s lead single, is a song about my life. About growing up. It’s really a song of perspective, and wondering what to do with your life. Best Love is one of my favorites. The message I’m trying to convey is a feeling of complete and unrelenting, unconditional, all-embracing love. The kind of love you would die for. The kind of love that cannot die.

The video for Should I was shot in a hauntingly beautiful setting. How does the imagery reflect the song’s emotional depth?

I think there is a sense of isolation and solemn yearning in this song, and the setting of Governor’s Island here in NYC. Its abandoned, stately buildings and old military fort compliment it nicely. It was a cold, rainy day. My hands were freezing. I was shaking with chills. It really just helped me get into the mood, and heart of it all, to give Should I an honest performance. I thought of all the lives that have passed through those buildings. Ellis Island isn’t far away, as well as the Statue of Liberty. It really just added to the feeling, darkness, depth and hope of Should I.

What inspired the creation of Boyfriend, a track that confronts themes of sexuality and societal taboos with boldness and provocation?

Boyfriend is really a loud and proud gay song. Think Cardi B, or something heterosexually vulgar and loud in today’s music, but make it gay. Like super-duper gay. There’s no mincing words with this one. I’m not gonna make you guess. There’s no queer baiting. I think your Boyfriend is hot, and I wanna f**k him. I s**k d**k, ok? I like dudes. I like being “in your face,” it makes people acknowledge you. I’m here. I’m queer. And I’m sure as f**k not going anywhere…of course, unless your boyfriend wants to see me!

Could you discuss how your personal challenges and familial experiences influenced the creation of Gotta Let Go and Father Don’t Forgive Me?

I grew up in a super homophobic, really conservative, evangelical home in Tennessee. I wasn’t out until I moved away to NYC. I lost my family after coming out. Their religious beliefs are like a cancer. They don’t know how to love what they have, and they don’t want to even try. They’d rather have me dead, than be gay. That’s how songs like Gotta Let Go and Father Don’t Forgive Me came to be. These are songs about my life. They’re about not giving up on yourself, but learning to let go of those people in your life who cannot or will not love you as you are. You’ve. Got. To. Let Go. But never of yourself. 

Father Don’t Forgive Me is my letter of rejection and defiance to not only my own homophobic, biological father, but also to the church and religion. Fuck, not only my father, but fuck the pope, or any religious figure that tries to dictate how someone should live their life—when they’re born the beautiful, amazing way they are. Just like me. “Father don’t forgive me for living my life / I’m sure as hell not sorry, cause all love is right” ”…I’m not sorry / no I’m not going anywhere.”

What inspired you to write Coffee & Wine, a song that vividly portrays the essence of New York City life, and what message do you hope listeners derive from it?

The song is about a little café that closed in my neighborhood. It’s a story of a staff shortage, which I embellished with the reality of unfair wages in the hospitality industry, or really any job for that matter that doesn’t pay a living wage. I hope listeners can relate to this song in a way that allows you to realize that it’s ok to know your worth, and your value. That you do deserve more. That it takes money to live, and some people just don’t want to fork it over, but they have no problem grinding you down to nothing. But, what if the system falls apart? What if the people decide they’ve had enough?

In what ways does your role as an LGBTQ+ advocate impact both your music and activism?

I used to not want to be gay when I was a kid. Now, I realize that I’d never want to be straight. As an LGBTQ+ advocate, and the way I grew up, every song I write, and every dream I dream, is guided by who I am, and how special it is to be who I am. Like I said, growing up, I was led to believe that there was something wrong with me, that I was broken and unfixable. But as I grew up, and went out on my own, I found out that none of that was true. So now, I’ve this burning fire inside me, this infinite energy source, that I constantly draw from for inspiration and renewal. With this, I have no choice but to feel deeply for the kids going through the shit I went through. All of that shapes my music and myself in ways that I couldn’t even begin to explain.

What are your future plans musically and in terms of advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth?

My future plans musically? To share my debut album with the world. To continue to write and be heard. To become a superstar; out, loud, defiant, and unstoppable. To make the best music I can make, and share my songs and stories. To inspire. To give hope. To be the sunshine on a dark day for every single young person and kid who is currently unable to live their lives as life intended them to. To push people to be themselves. And once my success has come, in the way of music and entertainment, I will create an organization that houses, educates, connects and empowers LGBTQ+ youth—not only in the USA, but globally. Years from now, when someone comes upon this article, I’d like to say this to you now: Believe in yourself more than anyone else. Sometimes it’s one day at a time. Don’t give up on your dream, and don’t ever give up on yourself