Speaking on the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, Jake Shakeshaft has described the “horrible” moment of quitting music.
As one half of the duo Joe and Jake, the pair represented the United Kingdom at Eurovision in 2016 with the song You’re Not Alone.
When asked by presenter James Rowe what it was like to end the partnership with Joe and in turn his music career, Jake said:
“It was horrible, it really was. It was something I was desperate not to do, but in the end we had no choice.”
“I adored working with Joe, I’d do it again tomorrow.”
Speaking about the experience in Stockholm, when the pair finished in 24th place in the Grand Final, Jake said:
“I’d definitely do things differently if i did it again, but that doesn’t sour my experience of anything – I enjoyed every second of it.”
When asked if it was realistic that he could return to Eurovision again, Jake said:
“At this moment in time, [music is] probably a hobby, its something I do if the mood takes me”
Jake also revealed more about the songwriting process of You’re Not Alone, which was written by Matt Schwartz.
“We did a lot of work with him and he’s such a character. In the end, purely because of Matt and all the ideas we were brainstorming, I think we ended up with about 48 different versions of You’re Not Alone.”
You can hear the full interview with Jake in this week’s episode of The Euro Trip.
Feature image credit: Eurovision.tv
About The Euro Trip
The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition, they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.