Tunes by Jake Amy
Jake Amy is a Melbourne/Naarm-based multidisciplinary artist, working as a pianist, composer, producer, studio engineer, teacher, record label founder and magazine editor.
Initially from regional Victoria, Jake grew up on dial-up speed LimeWire downloads. Loving and inspired by his grandmother’s late-night organ jams, Jake took to learning classical piano at age 5. Jake's compositions received critical acclaim from some of Australia’s most well-known classical pianists, including Michael Kieran-Harvey and Hoang Pham.
From thirteen, Jake began to tour nationally and internationally with various ensembles, and had the opportunity to perform their own compositions in New York. Jake's passion for sound engineering came from working alongside sound engineer and mentor Brett Van Hoorn on a variety of amateur and large-scale productions (such as festivals, theatrical productions, community events). Jake completed their VCE studies at Newhaven College on a musical scholarship. Jake moved to Melbourne immediately after high school to complete a Bachelor of Music at Monash University. While studying, Jake co-wrote the musical Ambushed with Karen Milkins-Hendry, which premiered at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival. From 2013, Jake has performed in over 30 stage musicals.
Jake has toured around Australia with funky fem hop outfit The Mamas and fiery blues artist Jesse Valach, and has played with artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Tony Moreno, Julie O'Hara and John Rees (Men At Work). Jake plays over 250 gigs a year as an active member in over 20 bands. Jake still records and produces music for a myriad of artists, including The Mamas, Emma Volard, Bailey Judd.
In 2020, Jake began the music magazine Attaboi, which aimed to discuss important social/political issues within the Australian music industry context. Jake also runs music label and production-house Wild Oats Records.
“There is an authentic and genuine beauty in your music and your voice as a composer” - Blake Hansen (Squid Nebula)
“I mean seriously, you hear and see and experience the world in such a beautiful, aware, compassionate, detailed, emotive and vulnerable way and it truly resonates. The ability you have to translate those emotions and those experiences is incredibly profound.” - Samantha Hafey (The Holistic Performer)
“Can you give me lessons in composition?!?!” - Angus Leslie (Sex On Toast)
"Intergalactic battle penguins surfing technicolor fire barrels. Afterhours gargling melancholic kelp jelly cocktails" - Julien Wilson (Mike Nock, Barney McAll)