Enterprising 18 year old Jake Adderley is aiming to drum up his own business
Jake, from Hoyland, in Barnsley, started drumming at the age of 10, after watching his dad, Steve, who has been playing for 30 years.
He got hooked and, after gaining one of the highest grades available for his musical expertise has opened his own drum tuition and repair business, JSA Drums, with the help of the Rotherham Enterprise Project.
“When I started drumming I quickly became hooked as I suppose when I was younger I just wanted to bang things hard,” says Jake.
“I began thinking about starting a business years ago but was always put off by the competition and other drum teachers around.”
Fortunately for Jake, whose musical hero is drummer Simon Phillips from the American rock band Toto, his mum, Anne, heard about the Rotherham Enterprise Project, which provides help, support and guidance for start-up businesses.
“It was then I thought wow, this could actually happen,” says Jake, who plays in three bands. “Some people are really surprised I’ve started a business so young but my parents have always encouraged me as well as my college tutors and the Rotherham Enterprise Project has been fantastic in helping me get where I am today.”
Business coaches from the project helped Jake with information and advice on advertising, target markets and finance and helped him to get a subsidised workshop in the Century Youth Business Centre, in Wath, where his business is based.
He is now planning to develop his business, with the help of his dad, by offering bespoke, custom made instruments for drummers who are looking for something out of the ordinary.
Jackie Frost, from the Rotherham Enterprise Project, said: “Doing what we love to earn a living is a dream we all have and for Jake to achieve this at just 18 is amazing.
“He is a shining example to other young people of what you can do when you put your mind to it and we are very proud to have helped him into his journey to business.”