Anything else wasn’t an option. From the age of 4, Bob Baker was always going to be a musician.
Born in Preston and relocated to Jersey in 2005, at the tender age of 10 he made his first festival appearance at Jersey Live Festival alongside The Streets, Madness, and Ed Sheeran.
Having moved to London at 17 to attend BIMM Music Institute, an introduction to producer Matt Jones (Ultrasound, Jamie XX, Beady Eye, Minuteman) was key in the realisation of the Bob Baker Sound. Inspired by his early years listening to artist like Johnny Cash, Elton John and Don Mclean, Bob wanted the Bob Baker Sound to be about the sound as well as the song. For the music to sound like it could have been recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis, or RCA in Nashville.
And now comes his first single ‘The Way It Is’.
We asked Bob to answer our Boom! questions –
How did you first start making music?
At the age of 12 with nothing else to do … a guitar or a copy of Razzle. I chose the guitar (more of the time – ha ha)
What artists have influenced your sound?
Oasis, Johnny Cash, The Beatles, Jake Bugg, The Courteeners
What was the inspiration behind your new single?
‘The Wait It Is’ is about sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to, and you’ve got no choice but to crack on and get on with things. ‘that’s just the way it is’
What are your plans for 2020?
Release my tunes to the world and play in front of as many people as I possibly can.
What have been your favourite records of 2019?
Gerry Cinnamon blew me away this year with ‘Canter’ and ‘What Have You Done’. I heard he was told he would never make it because he sang in his ‘native’ accent. He’s also sold 60,000 tickets to his show at Hamden Park next year, so b*llocks to that.