Jacob Collier first gained recognition with his split-screen YouTube videos. When his version of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” went viral Collier’s path was set. His audience developed and grew beyond his one-click wonder, he captured the attention of legendary Quincy Jones, who signed Collier to his management company. Now the prodigious talent is celebrating the release of his album “In My Room” a full length album of original material.
Collier’s one-man show has been enhanced by Ben Bloomberg, a Phd student from MIT, who has built a “Live Performance Vehicle” which helps the artist capture the techniques established in his initial videos, and convert the experience for live audiences.
ARTISTdirect caught up with Jacob Collier for a quick chat about his debut album, his love for craft, and his humble location, filled with music.
Where are you right now?
In the garden, at home in London.
Tell us about your new project: With whom did you work? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
It’s a solo project, written, recorded, produced in one room in my family home. Plenty of candy.
How do you describe your music to new friends?
A harmonic rhythm JOYBLAST of stinkin’ jazz-folk-neo-soulful-acapella-electro-acoustic goodness, with mosaics of sounds inspired by music from all over the world, using a whole mixture of acoustic and electronic instruments, which converge to make the Jacob sound.
Other than your music what should your hometown be known for?
London’s the greatest cultural mixing pot on Earth. How lucky I am.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you.
Sitting outdoors, but as usual I can see a bunch of instruments from where I’m sitting. There’s my Irish Bouzouki, and my melodica! And there’s the fridge, full of food. And the badminton court is set up in the garden. Deal.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
Everybody in my family plays music and loves a variety of music, so I was able to explore all sorts of sounds from when I was extremely small. I have crystal clear memories of watching my mother play Bach on her violin to me as a child.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Take care, don’t rush, enjoy every minute, trust your own instincts, and always do things on your own terms.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
Michel Gondry, Merryl Garbus, Louis Cole, Hermeto Pascoal, Alan Watts.
What song best sums up your life right now?
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
Every time somebody says I have inspired them to create things, I am completely overjoyed.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
Healthy, happy, creative.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Taking time to rest and to create stuff for myself, constantly exploring, and keepin’ on keepin’ on!
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