Jake, born ‘John Lindsay Tremayne Williams’ acquired his first guitar at the age of 14. After playing around and jamming with his mates, he joined his first proper gigging band ‘Orion’ at the age of 16. It was during this stage that he went to see nwobhm band ‘Vardis’ at the Drill Hall in Lincoln. About a year or so after this Jake was roadie for ‘Vardis’ and stayed with them for about 3 or 4 years. During this period ‘Desperate Oates’ were formed and Jake was given a nickname by (‘Steve Zodiac’ the ‘Vardis’ guitarist) ‘John Singing Rock’. This was the pseudonym/stage name he then used with ‘Desperate Oates’. ‘Desperate Oates’ released a single which reached no 50 in the then independent singles chart, and had some success playing with bands such as ‘Carmargue’, and being second on the bill at one of the many Live Aid events that took place around the UK.
Jake moved to Cornwall and formed ‘Chain Lightning’ in around 1988 and the band performed for some 4 years or so with several line up changes. It was also around this time he received the new nickname of Jake which has stuck to this day. During his time with ‘Chain Lightning’ Jake played with a few other Cornish based bands such as ‘Steve Glasson’s’ metal band ‘Grinder’ as well as helping out his friend Wilderness Williams with the sound for his band ‘Medicine Train’ and working as an engineer in a local recording studio.
After 14 years of running his own live sound system Jake now works as a Music Technology Course Manager at a college in Cornwall. He has also another musical project on the go entitled the ‘Tattvic Tides’ which is instrumental music that combines real guitar with sequenced instruments and drums.
Jake and his good friend and vocalist ‘Derek Hodd’ have recently decided to Rock again and are hoping to re-record some of the earlier ‘Chain Lightning’ material along with some new stuff when not out riding their motorcycles.