Jake Gatewood or better known by his stage name “JG” is a DJ hailing from Dallas, Texas and has probably performed with your favorite artist. JG has quickly become one of the most sought after DJs and for good reason. JG is about as hardworking as they come, at only 17 years old and still in high school, JG performed at over 100 shows in 2016 and is looking to top that in 2017.
Performing at 713 Magazines colab 40 Oz Bounce with 40 Oz NY in Houston and shows with 21 Savage, Chief Keef, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, Miguel, Ian Connor, Post Malone, WhyJae, and many more JG has an impressive resume under his belt. This doesn’t mean he’s got his feet up and chilling acting like he’s made it, like I said before JG is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. He’s always looking to do more shows, top his last performance and network more.
My favorite thing about Jake though, is his performance style. In an age of rockstar rappers JG fits the mold. His “JG and Friends” set is exactly what every artist wants in a DJ. He gets the crowd involved like no other. Him and his friends are constantly stage diving, throwing water, jumping around, and getting the crowd hype. Honestly it’s a hard act, for even well established artists, to follow. The first time I met JG I had never seen anything like it. All I knew is I wanted JG on every show 713 Magazine threw from here on out. If you don’t take our word for it watch some of the footage below.
2 Shows, 1 Night
Sold Out pic.twitter.com/EyyUX67aIV
— JG (@JAKEGATEWOOD) August 8, 2016
Hard In Da Paint
JG DJ Set
— JG (@JAKEGATEWOOD) March 3, 2016
— JG (@JAKEGATEWOOD) December 20, 2016
We got a chance to talk with him and ask him a few questions.
How old are you?
“Im 17, just turned 17 in august and I’m in 11th grade now”
When did you start DJing
“I started DJing back in like 8th grade I believe. But yeah I just had some money on me one day and saw a cheap ass turntable at best buy and said fuck it, let me try something new. This was when I lived in Tampa Florida.”
Work (JG Remix)
Gas Monkey Live!
— JG (@JAKEGATEWOOD) March 10, 2016
What was your favorite concert you have ever attended
“Well, attended I’ve probably been to 400-600 concerts in my life. I went to this festival in Tampa called ‘Big Guava Festival’ and saw Outkast perform, they was the headliners & it was their final tour ever and I saw em, shit was an amazing experience, I’ll never forget it”
What is your favorite show you’ve ever performed at?
“Well in 2016, I performed at I think, 104 shows. So I had a pretty solid year, with some really memorable shows, but if I had to answer with one show it’d have to be the show at Warehouse Live in Houston with WhyJae. He brought me out of Dallas for the first time ever & gave me a huge opportunity in front of a crowd that has never even heard of me. I’m not even sure how he found out about me honestly, but he reached out & I was so down. Shit was such a memorable night, love that dude.”
Who are you listening too right now?
“Well. I love music.. so my range wide as hell. I been listening to a lot of old Outkast, Slightly Stoopid, Grouplove, Tame Impala, Foster The People, Anderson Paak, Leon Bridges, The Internet & A shit ton more. As far as underground music, WhyJae (Lil Rarri), Smokepurpp, XXXtentacion, Milo Velour, Pat Ron, Trip, Ski mask the slump god, Jaden Smith (Yes I Just said Jaden Smith) & a few more I can’t think of right now.”
Who is your biggest influence?
“Damn. Biggest Influence. Thats a hard one. FUCK. Idk, I’ve always looked up to Tyler The Creator. He for real came up from nothing, now he is on top, throwing his own festivals, killing it. (By the way; Cherry Bomb was a beautiful album)”
How is the Dallas scene compared to Houston?
“Well, right now, The Dallas music scene is lost in my opinion. Me being one of the youngest in it, I want to bring it back up, Nothing has really been going on. Houston seems to have a solid scene with Maxo, WhyJae, Young Knowledge, Lil HBK. There are a lot of really talented people there. The way they are doing things is very professional, and I love seeing that.”
You have been making mixes that have been gaining a lot of popularity, what made you want to drop an original song of your own?
“Man, I honestly woke up and realized. Making mixes of my favorite music isn’t gonna get me no where. Sure it’ll get me soundcloud plays; But will it get me to the next level? Will it make me money? Does it offer a true career? & My answer to all of those was “No”. Making music is such a beautiful thing, I love the process and my newly favorite thing to do. I can’t wait to release my own music. I’m really pretty tired of the whole trap scene. So, I’ll be releasing some unique shit. I’m very excited.”
The first time we met was when we saw you in concert with WhyJae, and the energy you had at that show made me wanna book you for every single one of our 713 Shows. Tell us about that show and how you felt and what impression you feel you left on the city of Houston as an emerging DJ.
“Thank you! Well, I really realized the world is so much bigger than Dallas. It was such a blessing to go down there & do my thing. It was an experience I had never been able to encounter, and I’m so happy about it. Me and Rarri are now very good friends & I truly hope to work with him more, very soon. As far as an impression, I think the crowd loved it. It seemed as everyone was into my performance & the whole crowd was moving so I think everyone remembers me, I had about 10 “fans” there, but I believe that has grown since then.”
Obviously SXSW is coming up, do you have anything big planned?
“I cannot wait. I count down the days. SXSW is one of my favorite weeks; Last year was my first year. But Yes, I have a lot going on there this year. Mansion Party, I think around 6-8 Showcases & I might maybe maybe MAYBE possibly bring JG & Friends (My headlining show) to a SXSW stage. Don’t know yet.”
Who is your dream collaboration?
There are WAY too many people I want to work with. On a production basis, Kaytranada. He my favorite producer. On a promotion basis, WeScoreMore, They have total respect from me. As far as me making music with an artist, probably Travis Scott, Tyler The Creator or Andre 3000.
JG has his premier single dropping tonight right here on 713 Magazine at 6 O’clock. I can’t tell you anything about it right now so you’re gonna have to wait, but in the meantime check out some of his mixes on soundcloud.
When the track drops it will be available HERE