Jacob Collier, the 4-time Grammy award-winning young music legend from London, joins us today on a very special episode, no. 200 on the TopCast show.
Hailing from North London and playing seven different instruments, including distinctive vocals, Jacob’s sense of harmony and tonality is evident in his signature style. He records all of his albums from his music room at home.
(Don’t miss seeing the video version of this episode, available in TopMusicPro membership, to glimpse the overhead view of this incredible space!)
Jacob shares so many things on this episode from the story of how he started playing, to his approach to chords and harmony, to his thoughts on music education. He also shares advice for students and teachers.
We’re treated to a very special performance mid-show as well!
If you’d like to download a PDF transcript of this episode, please click below.
It’s not often one encounters an imagination with the depth and proficiency of Jacob Collier’s. The London-based, 25-year-old is dubbed by many as one of the most innovative musicians of his generation. In 2012, Jacob’s self-made YouTube tutorials achieved legendary status in the music world, attracting the praise of such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, David Crosby, Steve Vai and Quincy Jones, who manages Jacob to this day.
Jacob’s debut album, In My Room, which was crafted entirely in his room at home, and which, if you’re a Top Music Pro member, you can actually watch this interview with me and see inside his home studio; went on to win two Grammys.
His success has led to musical collaborations and fans including the likes of Coldplay, Ty Dolla $ign, Tori Kelly, Daniel Caesar, H.E.R., Charlie Puth, Kehlani, Jessie Reyes and Finneas to name a few.
In January 2018, Jacob began designing and creating a recording project on an unprecedented scale – a quadruple album called Djesse: 50 songs divided between four volumes with each operating within a separate musical universe of sound, style and genre. We unpacked and talked about this today, by the way.
Scattered across the four volumes are 30 collaborations from across every facet of the music world. Djesse Volumes 1 and 2 both have earned him a Grammy each, affirming that Jacob has never lost a Grammy in a category he’s been nominated in.
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Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.