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Smooth.


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Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?


Jake "Smooth" McDonough is an an artist, music producer, DJ and audio engineer who got his start early at the age of 14 in the suburban town of Westford, Massachusetts. Since birth, Smooth had been influenced by music of all genre's, as his parents were into a wide range of artists and groups, however upon his mother sharing "The Real Slim Shady" with him, he was immediately infatuated with this new fast paced, aggressive style of sound. Smooth's discovery of his first DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Logic Pro, was the first big step in his now life long adventure in producing music for the world around him. Finally, he could replicate the sounds of his favorite genres, at the time being both hip-hop and EDM. Throughout his adolescence and into adulthood, Smooth has practiced his craft day in and day out, constantly experimenting and perfecting the structure and quality of the music that he makes, as he someday hopes to make others as excited when listening to his music as he is about creating it. Smooth believes that alongside eating, sleeping and staying hydrated, that music is one of the most essential pieces to survival, so in creating what he does, he always wants his listeners to be immersed in the atmosphere that he works to create.


How would you describe your influences and how have they changed over the years?


Smooth's influences have always primarily been within the genre's of electronic and rap music, beginning first with a heavy influence from Deadmau5 and gradually shifting towards producers like Hucci, Flume, and Metro Boomin. He does not believe in remaining stagnant in sound however, so while one track may sound similar to an artist of one genre, his next may be entirely different in sound and feeling. Some of Smooth's favorite artists and composers are Dr. Dre, Cozz, J.I.D, Kasbo, Sango, and Travis Scott.


What´s new right now?


Smooth's most recent release has been a remix of "X" by 21 Savage and Future, titled "XXX". He hope's to reach at least 10,000 people with this track and always welcomes new fans with a follow back on platforms like Instagram (@jake___mcdonough) and Soundcloud. Smooth is also currently working on an EP to be titled "Apollo" with the hopes that it will be finished by mid March.

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Are you a superfan of anyone? How did you become a superfan? Do you remember how you become a fan and what turned you into super fan? Have you ever thought about why you´re such a fan?



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What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?



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How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?



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Do you have good promotion tips for other musicians?



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Do you have insights on how to grow your audience on soundcloud that you want to share with our audience?



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What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?



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How do you personally discover new music?



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Once you discovered new music, do you tell others about the new music/artist you discovered? If yes, how exactly?



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What is your number one tip to improve your music production or songwriting skills?



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What is your best tip for those who struggle with finishing their tracks?



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We meet again in one year. What has changed?



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https://soundcloud.com/smoothsmusic

http://www.facebook.com/xsmoothtrooperx

https://www.instagram.com/jake___mcdonough/

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