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Humans of A Cappella: Jacob Collier

Posted by Max Kuchenreuther on Sep 7, 2017 10:45:00 AM
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Meet Jacob Collier. Hailing from London, England, Jacob Collier is a singer, songwriter, and master instrumentalist. Known by some as "The Future of Music," Jacob Collier is a world leader in experimental music. Getting his start on YouTube creating 12-part vocal harmonies to iconic songs like "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" and "Fascinating Rhythm" and possessing his trademark vocal harmonizer skillfully crafted by MIT Logarhythm alumnus Ben Bloomberg, Jacob Collier carefully weaves live looping and master-level music theory into sonic masterpieces that blur the lines between jazz, choral music, pop, funk, and more. We got the chance to sit down with Jacob and pick his brain on the next steps for him and his music.

Jacob Collier

Before we start I just have to ask - what’s next?

"I've got innumerable plans. I have an album in the back of my head that I don't have time to make until I get home after this tour, so I'm trying to contain that right now. It's not so concentrated, it's more stretched out and it’s also twice as long and uses other musicians and all sorts of things. I’ve been planning in all sorts of details. I’m building a bunch of new technology. I’m trying to teach computers how to navigate harmony via the emotional criteria of the music.”

Is that possible?

“Well, it will be. It’ll be done in a few years.

But yeah, it’s been a whole bunch of visual things and VR stuff, it’s very cool. I’m also just trying to be 22 and enjoy stuff. I’m right in the middle of a tour but when I get home it’ll be back to working on new things again.”

How do you feel that vocal music, or rather, the power of the voice has influenced you as a musician?


“The most extraordinary thing about the human voice is that everybody has one. It’s the one instrument that everybody has and that everybody knows how to use already. I think it’s a very similar language. Speaking and singing are very similar languages. The phrasing is the same. The communication is the same. The implication is the same. The intention is the same but it’s like an art with music. Communication with voices is a very powerful thing, and communication with voices in music is extra powerful because you have all this emotional apparatus that you don’t have with speech. We have all of these tools, notes and such, that we can use. It’s one of the most potent forms of human communication.”

Jacob Collier's debut album, In My Room, is available now on all digital platforms. Come back next Thursday for another round of Humans of A Cappella.

Interview provided by AJ Marino of The Vocal Company.