From Harvard graduate to pop artist, New York native Baker is poised to become an unstoppable force in the industry. With striking model looks, infectious tracks and an unparalleled work ethic Baker’s potential is undeniable. Label executives are buzzing that he’s destined to be the next big pop icon!
Baker’s debut single, “Echo,” was co-written and co-produced by L.A. based Hyper Crush, and he’s currently in the studio with producers Cutfather and Damon Sharpe (Kylie Minogue, Jennifer Lopez) crafting an album he says will be “nothing but fat beats and big hooks!” Paper Mag recently sat down with the feverishly good looking star to talk musical influences (from David Bowie to Kanye), his transition from Harvard to pop music, being a classical trained cellist and more!
The question of where to find a sexy, soulful, powerful male pop star has yet to find a definitive answer. Sure, there have been a slew of artists that critics and fans see as THE male pop star of the 21st century; however, the names we’re all familiar with rely mostly on R&B and end up being more Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Boys II Men than David Bowie or George Michael. As a product of the DIY era, Baker draws on the latter as his musical inspiration, and it has already helped separate him from the pack. It was growing up as a cellist and performing all over his native New York, including Carnegie Hall recitals, singing in school musicals and choirs and, ultimately, as a student at Harvard in one of the university’s acapella groups that allowed him to discover his sound and find the path he would follow.
Baker explains, “Pop music has always resonated with me, and it was the people I met in the studio that helped me figure out why. I’ve been lucky so far, and feel blessed that I have met such a diverse and talented creative group of people in the industry.”
While New York will always be home, Baker has taken up roots in LA where he splits his time. It was his summer in LA before senior year in 2008 that Baker met a DJ and producer Kelly Cole that led him to record the up-tempo, soulful dance cover of Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”.
Baker’s debut single and video “Echo” is already buzzing online. “Echo” was co-written and co-produced with LA based Hyper Crush (The Arcade and Robo Crush) who brought the bubble to a full boil, generating interest from pop music blogs and fans alike (youtube.com/bakermusicofficial). Baker is a class act with a professional work ethic that makes him both an anomaly and a perfect example of his generation.
Baker is positioning the pieces to make 2011 his breakout year. He’s looking to craft “the catchiest, most danceable pop album ever” for his forthcoming release and to ensure that people all over the world will be able to relate the music to their lives listening to the radio or dancing in clubs.
Baker is currently in the studio with Cutfather and Damon Sharpe (Kylie Minogue, The Pussycat Dolls, The Saturdays, Jennifer Lopez).
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