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Bouncing back Jake Carter wants to bring a smile back to our faces with his new single Sink Or Swim

The singer and songwriter is thrilled to be back on stage after hard lockdown

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Jake Carter's single Sink Or Swim

Jake Carter's single Sink Or Swim

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Jake Carter

It's been a scary couple of years for budding young pop stars such as Jake Carter, whose career came to a screeching halt when the pandemic struck in March last year.

Singer and songwriter Carter had spent the previous few years striving to establish his place in the world of pop, and he was just gaining momentum when Covid-19 shut down live entertainment.

Now bouncing back with a new single and live shows, Jake tells Shuffle: "Before lockdown everything was getting bigger and better and I was on a roll. Then lockdown hit, everything just froze and it was a bit frightening to think how it was going to affect my career.

"As a musician still starting out, to have no gigs and no income to fund new music has definitely been tough, and it's been the same for every musician in Ireland.

"I think everybody in the business felt that sense of doom the longer it went on. We realised we weren't going to be doing live shows for a long time, but luckily I had songwriting to concentrate on."

The Liverpool-born entertainer works with co-writers at The Nucleus songwriting hub in Dublin, where he now lives with his professional dancing partner Karen Byrne.

The Nucleus, run by Hamlet Sweeney, is effectively a songwriting factory where multiple writers and producers create potential hit songs.

It has connections to publishers and producers across the world, and their aim is to mass produce pop hits.

"The Nucleus took me under their wing about three years ago when I had barely written any music," Jake says.

"As well as songwriters from all over Ireland, they bring in writers from all across the world to collaborate.

"They put you with people who have been around the industry. Songwriting is one of those things where the more you do it the better you get at it.

"It's great because you meet some new people and really talented songwriters and musicians, so I've been very lucky to have been a part of that little hub of writers over the last while.

"My new single, Sink Or Swim, has come out of The Nucleus. It was written by myself and two lads from Ireland called Conor and Graham."

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Jake Carter's single Sink Or Swim

Jake Carter's single Sink Or Swim

Jake Carter's single Sink Or Swim

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Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, Jake has had to work with co-writers on Zoom sessions over the last two years.

"I never want to see another Zoom writing session again," he laughs.

"I've actually put my foot down and said 'no' if anyone is asking to do a Zoom writing session now. I'm only doing them in person.

"It's not the same and it gets to a stage where it takes the enjoyment out of it. Most of the time a songwriting session is a bit of a laugh.

"Then you do it over Zoom and you can't really hear the other person, especially if there's more than two and everybody is talking at the same time.

"I've done a couple of writing sessions since then in person and it makes a huge difference to actually be in the room with the person you're writing the song with."

His summer song, Sink Or Swim, is an upbeat number.

"I wanted it to be upbeat and giving off summer vibes because I think everyone is fed up of depression and songs about Covid and lockdown," he explains. "I just wanted to bring a smile to people's faces and get that party vibe going, which hopefully this summer we'll be able to do."

Jake and his band will perform at The Button Factory in Dublin on August 3.

"I'm just delighted to be back singing and performing new songs that I've written during lockdown," he says. "I've been spending the last week trying to memorise the lyrics again as I'm definitely a bit rusty."

Jake Carter's single, Sink Or Swim, is out now. Tickets for Jake's show at The Button Factory are available through Eventbrite.ie

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