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Mace and Crown | May 21, 2018

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Breeding beats seems to be easy for Jake Schmader.

The Norfolk native and sophomore student at Old Dominion University has been surrounded by music his whole life, but just recently began experimenting with sampling, mixing and synthesizing his own.

“I make music because I love music and there are types of music that I want to hear that don’t exist yet,” Schmader said. “I want to make that music.”

He will be putting his skill on display at The Norva, Norfolk’s historic theater voted by Rolling Stone magazine as the country’s best venue, on Nov. 19, alongside fellow Maury High School graduates and musicians.

After graduating from Maury 2012, he spent a semester at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond before transferring to ODU. His time there exposed him to many new styles of music that have since influenced his music. Still, he pulls inspiration from everywhere.

“Other artists inspire me. Nature inspires me. The past inspires me. Even ideas I learn about in class inspire me. I stay pretty inspired,” he said.

About 25 floppy disks sit on his desk next to his sampler, each one filled with various sounds and beats he finds from the all corners of the musical landscape. Schmader said he will sample “anything and everything that sounds cool.”

His greater influences include MF DOOM, Animal Collective and Lil Ugly Mane. His last rip was “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by ‘80s English new wave band Tears For Fears.

He is currently undecided on a major, but is taking basic piano and music theory classes to prepare for his next semester as an official music production and business major with a focus on audio engineering.

“I guess my goals would be to create honest music that I enjoy and hopefully other people enjoy. But if it ends up being just me, I want to be ok with that,” he said. “If I made money from music, that would be pretty cool too.”

by: Derek Page