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Published on February 25th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Beckerton’s Jenny Bates & Tony Lake On Their New “Unpacked Cases” EP, Future Plans & More

Beckerton is the new rock collaboration of vocalist Jenny Bates and GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Tony Lake. Formed from a jolt of budding relationship energy while in quarantine, Beckerton’s debut EP Unpacked Cases hits all digital music platforms on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 on all digital music platforms. But the roots of Beckerton go back to Bates and Lake chatting backstage at a mutual gig as the two both worked on a national tour of The Last Ship. And when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. weeks later, the duo made the impromptu decision to quarantine themselves in Brooklyn, ultimately helping make Unpacked Cases a reality less than a year after the two first met.

The studio credits of the aforementioned Tony Lake include Sting, Shaggy, Lady Gaga, Far East Movement, Jukebox The Ghost, Charlie XCX, and Mumford & Sons, in addition to touring across the world with Sting and Shaggy. He is also part of the rock band, Detroit Dreamers with Martin Kierszenbaum. Jenny Bates, on the other hand, performed, produced and directed throughout Southern California before finding success as a publicist and marketing director for some of the most well-known musicals in the world. Music and publicist aside, Bates has worked steadily behind the camera of JenEpiphany Photography, taking gig photos for many New York City performers.

On February 15, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with both Jenny Bates and Tony Lake via Zoom, as embedded below. We spoke about the aforementioned Unpacked Cases EP, future plans for Beckerton, musical influences for the two and plenty more. Additional information on Beckerton can be found online at,, and

Feature image of Beckerton image courtesy of Greyson Images

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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