Local Boy is a Dublin-based musician who creates highly idiosyncratic pop music, which he oversees entirely - from inception to mastering.
Having spent years honing his abilities as a producer and an engineer despite his young age, he invites listeners into his sonic and lyrical world packed with hip-hop beats, colorful guitar chords and creative wordplay. He has already racked up millions of Spotify streams, supported a slew of international acts and sold out several headline gigs in both Dublin and London.
With his new single ‘Get Up (Out the Bed)’ out now and a gig at The Workman's Cellar coming on September 22nd, we caught up with the musician (aka Jake Hurley) to learn more about him.
1. What’s the music that you listened to growing up, that you still listen to today?
I had a huge obsession with the Shanks and Bigfoot song 'Sweet Like Chocolate', it's one of my mother's favourite tracks and I was very intrigued by the chocolate world depicted in the video. Living there seemed highly preferable to the decidedly non-chocolate world I inhabited at age 6.
2. In three words, describe the minute before you walk on stage?
Fearful, scared, trepidatious.
3. How do you wind down after a gig?
Usually one of my Burner Records labelmates will DJ after the gig. so I relax to their thoughtfully eclectic set - usually Sugababes will get mixed into Aslan, which will subsequently be mixed into D Double E.
4. What’s the one song (by another artist) you wish you’d written or recorded first?
'Never Too Much' by Luther Vandross, it goes down tremendously well at any function - so I'd want that in my wheelhouse when I inevitably pivot into wedding singing.
5. What is your pet peeve?
I'm such an easily peeved man that nothing in particular sticks out, I live in a constant state of mild peevery.
6. Name one record, one book and one film that everyone should hear / read / see?
'Capitalist Realism' by the late-great Mark Fisher is always my number one recommendation. He has a real knack for explaining the societal causes of the malaise we can all feel day to day, something I'd love to emulate in my music as far as that's possible.
7. Pick the director and lead actor(s) for a biopic about your life.
I would pick 'Transformers' series director Michael Bay to capture the high octane action thrill ride that is my day to day life. I think a fitting lead actor would be legend of the screen and the ring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson - he matches my physique and spartan work ethic.
8. You’re ordering take-away, what do you get?
I have to shout out to my family's go-to take-away establishment, Khan's Balti House in Clondalkin, truly fine cuisine to say the least. When I lived closer to town I was a fiend for the mega box from Jumbo Wok Kimmage.
9. Describe your perfect day off?
Making music is usually what I do to unwind, but it's also my "day-on" activity. If anyone has any good "day off" suggestions, sound off in the comments below.
10. Tell us, in one sentence, why we should come to your next gig (whenever it may be.)
Come see me in Workman's Cellar September 22nd, I will do your chores for a week (classic premise for sitcom episode).
BONUS QUESTION: Recommend a podcast and tell us why we should subscribe to it.
I like a podcast called Better Known where guests pick 6 things that should be better known. Ironically, the podcast itself should also be better known!
Local Boy plays The Workman's Cellar on September 22nd. 'Get Up (Out the Bed)' is out now.