April Murray: Thanks for meeting with me. As I stated to your manager, I’m writing an article on love and relationships between people in the spotlight, to bring to light the differences between celebrities vs. “common folk”, so to speak… and how it affects their art. I’ve read a lot about your band and how your music, your new stuff changed because of your love life. There’s been a lot chatter in the background since the departure of one of your band mates.
Jake: *laughs* – I’m not a celebrity, but ok and as far as the departed band mate. He’s a piece of shit so I wouldn’t take too much about what he says into account. I mean you do know what he did? Right?
AM: Yes, but we’ll get back to that.
Jake: No, actually we won’t get back to that, that subject is off limits. Sorry to be a dick about it, but you can understand. I’m not sure about this whole thing, with you and this interview, so we’ll just see how it goes.
AM: I understand. So let’s start with the basics – Is this all a dream come true for you? Being on the road with your friends, making music?
Jake: Sure. Yeah, of course. I mean I can’t remember a time when this wasn’t what I wanted.
AM: I read recently that you thought about quitting.
J: Um, well, I was kinda going through a lot at one point and I still am. You know, family drama and all. I just try to stay focused. I have to admit that it T’s it up for making great music. People connect to it, you know.
AM: Reading all the social media, the girls are wondering if you’re still seeing your high school sweetheart.
J: Um. I kinda like to keep that private. I mean, you can understand.
AM: It must be tough, trying to have a private life. How has all this affected your music?
J: This is where I tell you to listen to it and read the lyrics.
AM: Fair enough and I have. There seems to be a bit of story on your recently released EP. Can you share a bit about what each song means? Or what it meant when you wrote it?
J: Why don’t you ask specifically about one, and I’ll see how I feel about giving you a glimpse in.
AM: Ok – One of your harder songs, Never Enough, that’s one of the hardest ones I’ve heard by your band since you’ve changed your sound. You seemed angry.
J: Yeah. I was, I still am I suppose. It’s about youth being forced to conform to their parent’s and societies standards and how fucked we all are, basically.
AM: Right on, ok now what about Ordinary?
J: I guess that’s when I maybe thought about not doing this anymore, but that was fleeting. A blip.
AM: Did that thought come from your relationship with…?
*A long silence*
J: If you don’t know her name, I can’t answer you.
AM: You seem bitter.
J: Stop beating around the bush and I’ll answer you straight.
AM: OK, I’ll be straight, because your fans want to know and we’ll stick to the music. Not what’s currently playing out in the media, the song Ordinary – tell me about it, was it meant for Alyssa?
J: *big sigh* – I’d never really felt like I wanted to be normal, you know. Like just go to school or whatever and with Alyssa…at the time, that’s what I wanted to be, at that moment, when I wrote that song. I wanted to be like all the other kids in my neighborhood. I wanted to go to school, hang out with my girlfriend and just be normal.
AM: But you’re not normal, I mean as a career choice normal.
J: No, I’m not. Everything about what I do with my music and my lyrics is a derivative of what I see and what I experience. Everything is a song. It’s a melody. I tend to analyze everything and break it down and then it’s a song. Like with you, sitting there, staring at me. You’re an attractive woman…I’m taking in your hair, your eyes, your legs, the sound of your voice and I take into consideration what you do for a living, I wonder if you have a boyfriend because there’s no ring on your finger, or if you have lovers and how many. I could turn you into a song, a fantasy, a melody, right now.
AM: Fascinating. Thank you for the honesty. So now what about the song Talk About It.
J: I don’t think I wanna talk about it. *sly smile*
AM: Now that’s not fair.
J: What’s not fair about it?…Ok…ok. *chuckles* – That song is a universal break up song. I mean really. How many times have you broken up with someone, whether it was your choice or theirs, and you didn’t want to talk about it.
AM: I think girls always want to talk about it.
J: Guys don’t. I don’t know any guy who wants to talk about a break up.
AM: So you wrote that about your break up with Alyssa.
J: *Long silence* – Alyssa and I never broke up. Life just got in the way and I think that’s all I have to say about that subject. With all due respect, I think I’m done now.
AM: Do you still speak with Alyssa?
J: She’s a part of me and always will be. Now I really don’t have anymore to say about it.
April Murrey: Thank you for meeting with me, I know it’s probably a little awkward for you.
Alyssa: Yes, it is. Sorry it took me so long to answer your calls. I’m not sure I should really be talking with you. What’s this for again?
AM: This is for an article I’m writing about love and relationships, specifically between young celebrity types. I interviewed Jake Masters for this and of course I sought you out. I always like to get both sides of the story. I’m just trying to get the full scope of what it was like for him and how your relationship has affected his music.
AM: I can see it’s true that you’re younger than him, still in high school, correct?
AM: How has it been for you since he’s been on the road?
A: Well, I have my own thing going on, so I just try and live my life.
AM: Are you two together?
A: We’re friends, we love each other.
AM: So the break up was a rumor. The media is a buzz, so I have to ask.
A: Jake is touring and I’m here going to school, all I can say is what kind of relationship can you really have when two people never see each other and when there are other obstacles in the way.
AM: How do you feel about being Jake’s muse?
A: It makes me happy. It makes me miss him.
AM: Can you talk about what happened between Jake’s guitarist, Mike, and you?
A: *squirms in seat* – What is it that you want to know?
AM: What happened? I know he went to jail and the rest is rumor.
A: Mike and I were friends, we went to school together, but I really can’t talk about anything else. Maybe someday, but I’m not ready. Please don’t pressure me.
AM: Was it or is it difficult for you being the girlfriend of one of the hottest young, on the rise rock stars in the country? The heat Rita’s Revolt has is insane. How do you keep a positive attitude through it all?
A: I’m not sure. To be honest, I’m numb. I’m young and so is Jake. We have our whole lives ahead of us and I pray for him everyday. Jake is my next-door neighbor who I grew up with. I care about him for real reasons, for reasons other people have no idea about. Nobody knows him like I do. Nobody will ever know him like I do, ever.