“There was a time when I didn’t want to make punk music because my dad makes that type of stuff”: Meet Jakob Armstrong, the Jazzmaster-toting son of Green Day’s Billie Joe who’s blazing his own trail with Ultra Q

Jakob Armstrong of Ultra Q
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When your dad is one of the most influential figures in punk rock history, it’s unlikely that you’re going to grow up aspiring to hold down a normal nine-to-five. But, for Jakob Armstrong – youngest son of Green Day’s Billie Joe – the moment of realisation that he was destined to follow the family trade didn’t arrive until he’d already sampled a more conventional path.

“I don’t think I knew that making music was my vocation until, honestly, I was 18 or 19,” says the now 24-year-old Jakob. “I had already graduated high school and I’d been playing with the guys in my band for a long time. I tried going to college, but after about a year I realised that I did not enjoy it. I missed playing music so much.”

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.