313: Replay – Jacob Collier Talks Music and Education

Replay - Jacob Collier Talks Music and Education

Today’s episode is another special and favourite episode from the archives with the 4-time Grammy award-winning young music legend from London, Jacob Collier. 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. Jacob shares so many things on this episode, from the story of how he started playing, to his approach to chords and harmony and his thoughts on music education. And we’re treated to a very special performance mid-show as well!

In this episode, you’ll learn Jacob Collier’s insights on music and education:

  • Coming from a musical family, Jacob shares his exposure to music and instruments from a very early age.
  • Jacob’s start in learning music, including the piano.
  • The importance of chords in teaching and learning music.
  • Childhood musical experiments.
  • Jacob’s skills in playing multiple instruments.
  • His thoughts on practice vs. playing.
  • Jacob’s advice for teachers to encourage more listening because it is so crucial and it’s been so fundamental in his own journey.
  • His experience with formal music education.
  • Making a pivot in his plans with Quincy Jones.
  • Jacob shares the story behind Djesse, his quadruple album.
  • His love for performing with other people.
  • Jacob gives us a glimpse of his music room.
  • His special performance of “You Got A Friend”
  • Up and coming online gigs we should watch out for.
  • Jacob’s inspiring words for teachers on encouraging students to be more and do more.

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313: Replay - Jacob Collier Talks Music and Education

It’s not often one encounters an imagination with the depth and proficiency of Jacob Collier’s. The London-based, 28-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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