Jakesands- Focusing On His Dreams

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21-year-old Michigan producer Jakesands comes forward to speak about his hardships, his life growing up, what he does regarding Daily Chiefers, his producing, and more.

Let’s explore the Michigan producers mind.


The producer uses their real name as their music alias, being that of Jake Sands. However, Sands didn’t always go by his name.

Originally the producer went by Lilmacbook, but after dedicating themselves to the craft of making beats, Sands wanted every piece of content he created to be referred back to himself.

“Once I started making beats more often, I wanted everyone to know me as the same person so I just started using my real name for everything,” says Sands.

Growing up in Lansing, Michigan, Sands says that it was “chill.” Being the oldest sibling out of 4 children, the producer states that his parents are incredibly supportive of his craft.

“They’re definitely the most important aspect of my life,” says Sands.

The Michigan producer also states that he is very close with his siblings, and they always found things to do when growing up.

Sands father gave Sands a drum set when the producer was 5, which kickstarted the producer’s music career.

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Jakesands, Chxpo, and Cvlt Leader in the studio.

Jakesand also played the drums and guitar with his brother Brayden while growing up. This led to Jake starting to make beats.

The 21-year-old producer tries to make 1 beat a day “at least,” however, he is a strong advocate for not forcing yourself to be creative when you are not feeling it. Sands also says that listening to his friend’s music also can help him feel creative.

Other than being a producer, and in the music scene, Sands says that he’s always had an interest in acting.

The producer describes himself as a “normal” individual who previously would party with his friends and be social, but in the last year, he has become more low-key.

Currently, Sands says that most times he’d rather be at home making beats than out socializing with friends.

The producer is also a member of Daily Chiefers, a hip-hop focused media platform that covers those in the music industry.

“Your higher source for hip-hop” states Chiefers in its social media bio.

Sands previously hosted songs on the platform, as well as DJ’d at various events for Chiefers. The producer also DJ’ed for Chxpo’s tour last year in representation of the hip-hop platform.

However, currently, Sands helps gather exclusives and scouts social media to find talented new artists to post on the platform.

“I stopped doing that [hosting songs] because I want to focus solely on producing,” says Sands.

The Michigan producer also comments that their greatest achievements so far include hanging with SpaceGhostPurrp and Members Only last year in Miami during the Chxpo tour.

Jakesands also gives advice to readers who are in the music industry.

Sands states that it is important to be yourself and not get caught up in the party life. Focus on your success and your career.

The producer also states that is important to surround yourself with those who have the same passion as you as it will drive you to succeed more.

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“Focus on your success and your career,” says the Michigan producer.

“Work as hard as you can every day to perfect your craft. Be open-minded to advice but be careful at the same time, not everyone with a checkbook is your friend,” says Sands.

The producer also gives marketing advice.

Jakesands comments that it is important that you ensure your work is of the best quality it can be. Also by getting your work posted on media platforms such as Daily Chiefers, Internet Hippy, Elevator etc. it will give you more exposure.

“Don’t be afraid to simply reach out. Ask an artist what their best email is to send beats to,” says Sands.

The producer also states that he would like to work with DSavage and SmokeCamp Chino.

Readers can also look forward to a lot more content dropping by Sands. The producer states that he has music with NellMoney, Yeat, Lil House Phone, 95Reddo, and 10KDunkin all dropping this year.

To stay up to date with Jakesands career, be sure to follow his social media accounts listed below:

The Price of a Like

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We live in an age of connectedness but none of us is really “connected”.

Social media has brought us closer together, letting us communicate with those we normally would not be able to speak with. Through bringing together the globe, we are able to find our niche and communicate with those who share our similar interests.

However, why do we find ourselves seeking for validation off others? Why do we base our worth of “likes”? Is that what we have settled for, a virtual currency that we define our sense of worth off of?

We fail to find comfort in genuine human connection now, seeking instead to find a virtual connection. Real life communication has changed to “DM’s” and “tweets”. I am not saying these are bad, but rather understand that a balance must be made and if you find yourself clinging to each like, hoping to reach a certain number, it may be time to reflect.

If we examine the scene here on WordPress, it can become clear that individuals like and comment on posts in order to drive traffic over to their own blog, rather than connecting because they genuinely liked your post or have input they’d like to share. This, however, is common in the blogging scene and elsewhere in the media world, with bloggers leaving their links in others social media posts without any other input or with only the desire to receive traffic by hijacking someone elses posts.

By doing so, you are not connecting with others in a positive light, and without acknowledging it, you can be a part of the problem of the lack of connection between other individuals.

Listed below is a segment of an important article found on Huffington Post.

“The paradox effect in dating is creating the illusion of having more social engagement, social capital, and popularity, but masking one’s true persona. Since some are interfacing digitally more than physically it is much easier to emotionally manipulate others because they are reliant on what I call “Vanity Validation”. The one you portray on your networks and the true you, for some, creates a double consciousness.”

This is an important point to focus on; the aspect of a double consciousness. By creating these two personas, we are not able to be true to either one, rather we become a conjunction of either.

In the article, it also touches on the topic of a “highlight reel”.

“Since we’re only getting people’s highlight reels and comparing it to ourselves, it is natural to have reactions to what we’re watching.”

I believe that many people become obsessed with uploading the positives of their lives on social media, which normally gathers the most traffic. Individuals who see these posts will be more likely to compare their whole lives to these “segments” of other peoples lives rather than understanding that, just as the article states, it’s just a “highlight reel”.

On Time, an article that explores the correlation between posts and its effects, states, “A lot of us just kind of scroll through and see things passively,” Burke says. “We might not realize that we are internalizing it and that it can be affecting our attitudes about ourselves.”

It further this by stating “We should be careful about the way that we’re phrasing things,” she says. “We should be responsible posters and try to have a proactive, pro-health, positive message that makes people feel capable of engaging in these health behaviours.”

I believe this is an important post to focus on, to be a responsible poster who acknowledges that their uploads can and will affect their viewing base. By becoming proactive and pro-health, they will be able to influence their audience in a positive light.

By coming back to the premise of this post and by absorbing the messages laid out by both articles, hopefully, you as a reader can understand what your posting can do to others and why communicating with others in a positive way can benefit both parties.

As a final question, ask yourself, “what is a like to me and why do I need it?”

 

 

 

Blog Update- 1

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KLH Writing is and has always been a platform to connect ideas to their creation. It focuses on the media sphere and comments on those belonging in the public eye due to their art and/or talent. It has been my complete privilege to interview and write articles about those who I believe have tremendous talent and deserve to have their story written for thousands to see. I, however, cannot see and interview everyone that I wish to interview due to being only one individual; being understaffed.

In recent weeks, due to a staggering amount of work in which has been undertaken, both visible and behind the scenes, it has been made apparent that I will have to start looking for another writer to fill the ranks and increase content supply rates and decrease periods of content drought. I will create a post when the time has come for me to start looking.

Secondly, I would like to make it clear that contacting me to conduct an interview with you is now no longer applicable. I will contact you personally, either through your social media account or via email if I would like to conduct an interview with you. This has been due to many requests, some positive and some not so positive, and I do not have the time to respond to every request.

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-Kyle