WARM CHORD MUSIC

Music, Podcasts, and Kemper Profiles by Jay Croft

About Warm CHord Music


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Jason (Jay) Croft is a Detroit-based songwriter and producer recording alternative and hard rock music under the name Warm Chord Music. Croft first became active in the Detroit rock scene in the late 90's as a drummer, but soon began learning guitar to contribute more to the writing process.

In 1998, Croft co-founded indie power-pop band Bedford Drive (voted #3 Unsigned Artist - Alternative Press) and played drums for the band from 1998-2004 before departing to focus on his professional career, allowing Bedford Drive the opportunity to tour in support their latest album.

During his time with Bedford Drive, Croft shared the stage with national acts such as Motion City Soundtrack, and recorded two albums that received high praise from fans and critics alike. Applying his newfound skills on guitar, Croft introduced the foundation for some of Bedford Drive's most popular songs throughout its 10-year run, such as  "The Last Time I Saw The Stars," "Alarm Sounds," and "Not Minding, Loving." 

In 2000, Croft wrote several songs for his first solo release entitled, "Adventures in Lo-Fi" and later played a series of shows in the Detroit area to support the record, which was done completely at home with the help of contributing guitarist, Kevin Douglas.

After leaving Bedford Drive, Croft wrote several songs on guitar and formed Keep Manhattan, sharing guitar duties with writing partner, Jim Henderson. Keep Manhattan played a handful of shows in the Detroit area before disbanding after a farewell show in August 2005. Fun fact; Keep Manhattan's first show was the release party for Bedford Drive's new EP, which Croft played drums on. 

During a 5-year drumming stint with classic-rock based cover band, "The DR5," Croft built-up his home studio and honed his engineering skills before forming Warm Chord Music as a solo act. In 2013, he released the energetic single "Indecisive," and received commercial Detroit & Windsor radio support with his second single,  “Escape This Place” in 2016. In 2018, Croft reached #184 on the College Radio Chart with over 200 stations playing Warm Chord Music's latest single, “Haunted Dreams," a powerful alt-rock duet that has garnered positive reviews and has landed several sync licences from cable TV networks such as Discovery, MTV, NASCAR, and Fox Sports.

In addition to writing and producing, Croft is the primary instrumentalist and mixing engineer for Warm Chord Music and regularly works with talented local and remote musicians to record his songs. 


Jay (Jason) Croft is a Detroit musician recording and releasing music under the name, Warm Chord Music, an alternative rock act that has released 4 singles as of 2018.

In 2013, Croft released the energetic single "Indecisive," and received commercial Detroit & Windsor radio support with his second single,  “Escape This Place” in 2016. In 2018, Croft reached #184 on the College Radio Chart with over 200 stations playing Warm Chord Music's latest single, “Haunted Dreams," a powerful alt-rock duet that has garnered positive reviews and has landed several sync licences from cable TV networks such as Discovery, MTV, NASCAR, and Fox Sports.

In addition to writing and producing, Croft is the primary instrumentalist and mixing engineer for Warm Chord Music and regularly works with talented local and remote musicians to record his songs. 

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IN JAY's WORDS

Warm Chord Music (WCM) is how I brand my creative work. Rather than using my name as a singer/songwriter would, I choose to go a different route. Warm Chord Music will feature alternative rock music that includes contributions from several highly talented guest musicians. 


WHAT IS THE WCM PODCAST?

The WCM Podcast is a way for me to communicate with you about a plethora of different music related topics. There's a lot of shows out there about recording, mixing, and mastering, and I've listened to most of them. However, there's a lot more than happens behind the scenes when it comes to writing, recording, distributing, and promoting music releases.

In addition to interviewing musicians and engineers, I talk to gear manufacturers, retailers, influential YouTube personalities, and others to discuss their stories and what has influenced them.


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