JACOB COLLIER performs the song "HAJANGA" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY LOUISE HOUGHTON AND TINA EDWARDS
MICROPHONES BY RODE
Jacob Collier is a 21-year-old, London-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist of prodigious talent who has been hailed by the press as “The Future of Music” (as Jazzwise magazine put it), thanks to his sheer virtuosity, keen musical intelligence, and penchant for technological innovation that is borne out in every project he undertakes. His YouTube covers, in which he reimagines everything from Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” to George Gershwin’s “Fascinating Rhythm,” are a marvel of creativity, with split screens displaying multiple incarnations of Collier singing multi-part vocal harmonies. His live show is even more ambitious. He simulates a digital one-man band using custom equipment built by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student, including a “vocal harmonizer” that allows Collier to sing 12-part vocal harmonies and a series of looping stations for various instruments, plus a video element with 3D cameras that enable him to interact with multiple versions of his image projected onto a screen.
In the end, Collier hopes to inspire others to invest in their own imagination and to be living proof that permission is not needed from any gate-keepers to make art and release it into the world. Work hard and be passionate about your craft and your audience will come to you. “I hope from hearing this album, people take away that making something, whether it’s music or anything else — just for the love of exploring it and figuring it out — is a real life-affirming and sustaining idea.”
CREDITS / SPONSORS
PRODUCER/ PRESENTER - Tina Edwards
PRODUCER / PRESENTER - Louise Houghton
Sound engineer - Lauren Deakin-Davies
Camera OP - Paul Black
Social Media - Will Sebastian
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