Influences: Jon Foreman, MuteMath, Needtobreathe, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Hammock, James Vincent McMorrow, Ben Howard, Local Natives, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club, Jars of Clay, Switchfoot, This Beautiful Republic, Matthew and the Atlas, Death Cab for Cutie, Coldplay, Josh Garrels, Sleeping at Last, Liz Frencham, and a little of every genre really.
I'm Jacob. I sing stories and ask questions. I have a simple songwriting philosophy: "Find your vulnerability."
=== What's New in 2020 ===
2019 was a year of taking a step back and doing less things and focusing on the things that really matter. I "only" wrote 9 songs last February (but there were some gems in there!) as I was preparing to release my second studio EP, "Arrows" in March 2019. Almost immediately afterward, I packed up my stuff, put it all in a storage unit, and spent some time with my family on the Oregon coast to recharge and reconnect. I ended up moving to Central Oregon later in the year. I'm excited for this new year and decade and will be focusing on things that matter to me. Songwriting is one of my favorite and most life-giving things so I will shifting my artist focus to more writing and releasing and less road life. One of my big goals is to extricate my songs from "music purgatory" and eliminate the super long, draining process of studio albums and streamline a process to get stuff more hot off the press out into the world. That's what I love most about songwriting so I want to focus on those things. So I plan to write and release a lot of music this year!
=== My FAWM-OSOPHY ===
+ FAWM is my favorite time of year. I love my FAWM family. I'm looking forward to hearing your new music and sharing my own. I appreciate all feedback.
+ I'm always open to collaborate in any form. Words, vocals, instruments.
+ I'll be bringing back my rock/alt-rock/instrumental/shoe-gaze side project under the name @thesteadfast so look for some of those tunes!
+ 2020 FAWM GOAL: Have fun. Make music.
+ If you like my music, please follow me on your preferred social media platform. I love making connections with the Fawmily.
As always: Much love. Let's rock!
=== 2020 ALBUM PROJECT: SON OF THE WILDFIRE ===
I have decided to do an actual album project this FAWM. I normally just write songs. But this has really been burning within me. So I'm going to "cheat" a little bit with a song I wrote in December and have been working on this month. BUT, this particular song really turned a corner for me in every sense. I just felt that "shift" as a person. I felt it was significant for me. Like my season had already turned. In fact my January birthday is usually a time of reflection but I didn't feel that this year. I was already in the "new" and ready to move into the new year and decade and not dwell on the past. So that's what I'm doing here. The first song is called Bonfire Orphan, I'll post it on Feb 1st. I have lots of other ideas for this project that I'll keep for a more traditional Fawming process during February. Hope you'll forgive me and enjoy the project in addition to whatever else FAWM brings, including collabs and such. Let's do it!
01 - BONFIRE ORPHAN
02 - COME ON SON
03 - EGYPT (RAGE)
04 - CARRY MY BONES
05 - POISON CONTROL
06 - REVIVE ME (23)
Understood. Here's hoping for some sun!
Check my latest song post. Astroisks. Still want to collab on that?
Thanks, I thought maybe you were doing the vocal doubling old-school like that, but I wasn't sure because you nail it so well. 😀 I'll have to give the compression/panning tactics a shot sometime.
Thank you so much for your appreciation of “My Son” collaboration with @srcoops
That one rather took it out of me and I’ve been struggling to write anything remotely worthwhile after it. It was the first time I’d ever used GarageBand, and it was a struggle to get the tracks to line up- they kept recording with a lag! But I knew, once I’d listened to Tom’s sermons, that I wanted some of his words to be in the mix, so I learned pretty quickly.
Your comments meant a lot, so thank you. x
Thank you for your kind comments on my song, "Wash Me Clean" and collab "Who We Really Are"!
Hey man! Thanks for stopping by. I don't really do anything special. I record everything with the same mic. I found some good EQ spots and discovered how great limiters are on stuff. It's my new most favorite over-used thing 😁
thank you for your comments on three can kep a secret. i really have a problem with my housekeepers.
Thanks man, I'll give that band a whirl.
I'm way behind on comments cos had no power, but to answer your question, @sciren really sings that low, tonally. However, I am fucking slightly with the formants in the first verse, so that gives her a slightly (just 3%) slowed down *feel*, without actually changing the pitch she's singing at at all.
Let me know if you have anything that you want some harmonies or parts thrown on. It's been a few years since we collaborated. I'm game if you are! 😀
That was Josh Levitre, he didn't do FAWM last year, he got married and got a job and didn't have time anymore. Her occasionally streams on YouTube and Facebook.
Thanks for stopping by and for kudos on ‘butter and wine’ 🙌🏾 Looking forward to hearing you !
I think it was the chorus in Egypt that I got a bit grouchy with. Mainly the line "It's the antithesis of my identity" and to some extent "It's the facsimile of my destiny" which I felt didn't quite flow naturally. But this is only IMO and personal taste. I was probably just at the time wanting to write something critical for a change rather than another 100% positive comment, which I find get's a bit repetitive after a while - Sorry, a failing of mine!. Apologies, I didn't mean to cause any offence - All the best with the rest of FAWM
Per usual, thanks so much for all your great feedback so far! That IS me singing that low in Songbird! Crazy, huh?
I would like to thank you sooooo much for your generous comments! I appreciate them a lot!
Appreciated the detailed comments on Hung Up on the Thorns. If you get the chance, it would be SO helpful to see how you would fix it to make it a better lyric. If you get the chance (unlikely, I know! 😁). Either way, thanks, Jacob!
Listening to “Poison Control” reminded me of why you’re on my watchlist!!! Great work.
hey thanks for the comment on Basking! In regards to the drums, this year I'm doing all live drums actually. We cut those at the studio I work at. I did all the engineering. We used 9 mics. MD421 on Kick, SM57 on top/bottom snare, Beta98 on high, low, and floor toms, RE20 for overheads and my Warm Audio 251 as a room mic all recorded into Pro Tools through API, Neve and Avalon pres. I then took all the drum tracks and imported them to Studio One at my house and did all the mixing and arranging there.
Thanks for the look and that is a better idea on the chorus!
Indeed Zach Balch is good. He is a personal friend, and taught me a lot about miking, when we played in a praise band together 5 years ago.
Hey -- thanks so much for your kind comments on Sundazzle! To answer your question, I recorded my Fender P-Bass through a Hartke VXL preamp, into a Mackie mixer (for EQ), and then into the interface. Pretty simple, but effective -- there are a lot of tone-shaping options on that Hartke, and I consider it a really underrated piece of gear! I'll be back to comment on your stuff soon!
Thanks for your kind words on my Tan Van version.
Hi Jacob. Thanks for the comment! I have a demo up now.
May the Tan Van Man bring you much joy ( thanks for checking out that goofy remix )
Thanks for your comment on Next Door song! FAWMsong music is now up on SoundCloud!
Hi Jacob. Thanks for dropping in on my first fruits song.
Bless you for listening through all the Tan Van songs. What a trooper you are! LOL
It's amazing what folks can come up with, isn't it?
Thank you so much for listening my brother, I hope life is treating you well 😀
Thanks so much for the kind comments on my songs!! I'm getting through some listening today while at work and will be back to hear your others. Can't wait!!!
Thanks for the Egypt access! Yes, i don't turn on downloads for things I intend to try commercially, but with soundcloud one is never sure whether the download is off because of that or because folk forgit!
Thanks for the comments on “Surrender,” glad you liked it. 🙂
Thanks for the comment on my Beard homage song
Hey Jacob. Thanks for the kind feedback.
Re: my acoustic recording, I just use the same mic as my vocal but try to get pretty close to it. I usually put a bit of reverb in but just compressed this one and put each guitar in the left and right. It made it pop out more so I might use that technique again.
I read a bit about avoiding putting tracks in the same frequency, such as vocals etc. which really worked out well.
I’ll listen to your tracks later. I’ve brought my headphones to work with me this morning.
Getting a good loud mix level has been a challenge for me. I got the Izotope Ozone plugin and it works well at getting the mix louder. Are you in ProTools or Logic?
hey welcome back bro. good to see you here again! this is what, our 5th year?!
Thank you for your kind comments regarding The Preacher.
Wow! Looking forward to your album! Love the title!
Happy Fawming to you, too, bro!
Thanks, and happy fawming to you as well! Looking forward to listening to your stuff, as always.
It's unlikely I'll be around much this FAWM in a creative sense. I'm interested in doing another collab with sapient, but after that probably not much.
I will be listening and commenting, however, and providing feedback and love to our FAWM family members.
Hey dude. I hope you have a rocking year.
Thanks for the note. Texas misses you... 😀
Here's to a great FAWM 2020!!
Good luck with the new project, Jacob. Looking forward to hearing your stuff.
Ps. Great new profile pic!
Hi Jacob, thank you for namedropping us in the Fawm Gods thread. You're very kind. Have a great fawm!
Hey Jacob - planning on it! Glad to see you back as well. FAWM on!
Hey Jacob! All the best for this February! Looking forward to listening to your music!
Happy almost-FAWM to you!
whatsup buddy?! Looking forward to hanging out this year! I'm doing instrumentals again...I'll try to make them longer! I just did a little warmup in the studio today and made an instrumental that clocks in at almost 3 minutes! hahah 😁
Good to see you around. Thanks for the dropping by.
Hi Jacob! I just found you in the “class of 2011” thread (me too), and I see we share some influences....watchlisted! 😃 Looking forward to hearing your stuff.
Hey dude - looking forward to hearing more of your reckless vocals and wonderful melodies.
Super pumped to hear your songs this year!
I'm looking forward to seeing the album take shape! Have a great FAWM fellow Oregonian! 😀
I can't wait to see what you come up with this year. Your tunes are always so good. Happy fawming!
Hello, have a great FAWM! 😁 Cool to see that you've relocated. Hope things are going well.
Love your work...
Have a great FAWM
Hey Jacob! can't wait to hear what you do this year. love your profile pic. maybe you'd want to collab sometime?
Hi Jacob! Sounds like you're in a great place, in every sense. Hope you have a great FAWM and can't wait to see what you put out there!
Hey howdy... Oregon is gorgeous from what I've seen (wife's niece is a National Park Ranger there). Looking forward to your FAWM! 😀
Congrats on the move. Oregon is beautiful! Looking forward to another FAWM and to hearing your new music.
Are you an Astros fan, if not we got a whole bunch of material to work with today.
Hey Jacob! It’s good to see you back. How has your year been? I look forward to hearing your music!
What do you say on another collaboration this year, 2020?