Billie Joe Armstrong’s musician son says The Strokes have inspired him more than Green Day

Jakob Danger is releasing his debut EP on Burger Records

Jakob Danger, the teen musician son of Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, has spoken about the biggest influences on his music – and it’s not his dad’s band.

The 16-year-old, real name Jakob Armstrong, has signed to California label Burger Records (home of Fidlar, Thee Oh Sees and more) to release his debut EP.

Speaking to NME, Armstrong said: “My two favourite bands are The Strokes and Beach Fossils – those are my two biggest influences. When it comes to the music and the guitar parts and bass, I like that style of music. I love the way The Strokes and Beach Fossils sound, so I wanted to see if I could write songs like that.”

Despite following in the footsteps of his father, Armstrong insists that he sounds nothing like the pop-punk band. “My music is not at all related to my father,” he claims. “It’s my own personal thing. I don’t really worry too much about that. I just think: this is my music, it’s different from my father’s, and if people want to listen to it, they can.”

“If people say I sound like my dad, then it’s probably just because I’m his son. That’s just how it works, I guess. It’s my voice. It’s how I sing. I’ve never taken singing lessons before or anything – it’s natural!”


Explaining his moniker, Armstrong also revealed that Danger is his actual middle name. “That’s why I chose to go by that – I think it sounds pretty cool.”

Read NME‘s interview with Jakob Danger in full here.

Jakob’s older brother Joey is also a musician and plays drums in the band Swmrs, also signed to Burger Records.

Listen to music from Jakob Danger below.