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."
2018 was a crazy, crazy year for me. To sum: After a challenging but successful 2018 FAWM, I released my debut studio EP in April. Not long after that, I had an opportunity to go into a new studio to record two more EP's (releasing this spring!) and I played a showcase in Nashville which landed me a 5-week spot on a summer tour. I resigned from my pastoral position and basically was a road warrior for the rest of the year, where I logged over 30k miles on my car touring, traveling and working on new music. I met award-winning producer Billy Smiley at the showcase and got to record with him at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN in August. (we worked exclusively on songs I wrote during FAWM!) I released a music video in October. Between all the miles, I also dealt with some detrimental health events, including a near heart attack and severe insomnia and an onslaught of anxiety and panic attacks. (not things you expect at 27 years old) I wasn't taking care of myself. I slowed things down in October and November to regain my health and make lifestyle changes. Can't do all the crazy stuff if I'm sick or dead! For my 28th birthday this January I played my first international show in Edinburgh, Scotland and also got to explore Scotland for over two weeks which was an amazing experience. I'm preparing to release the first of a series of 5-song EP's, titled "Arrows" which I hope to release in February or March. I'm currently working on three studio albums so I don't feel prepared for this new season of FAWM at all but I'm excited for it anyway. I want to push my creativity and have fun doing it. I usually have lots of ideas going into the new season but this year I've literally got a blank slate. Scary! But let's do this!
+ 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.
+ A new addition this year is a rock/alt-rock/instrumental/shoe-gaze side project under the name @thesteadfast
+ 2019 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.
I'm really jazzed to hear about your EP. I can't wait for its release. If you ever come near chicago please let me know.
Thanks for listening to "The Steady." That was such a kind comment to wake up to. Yeah, you know I guess the wonderful thing about music is we have an outlet to channel into. I only wish my stupid audio interface clicking from the headphones wouldn't have picked up in the microphone in parts. I listened in my other headphones today and was like ugh...no!! That vocal was definitely coming from somewhere really raw so don't know if I could capture it quite the same again. Thank you so much for listening! <3
Thanks for the comments on Unturn the World, Jacob. Looking forward to Alex's music for it!
That is cool you got to record with Billy Smiley. He is truely and genuinely a great guy. I have listened to his music since I was 14 years old
Thanks! I needed that guidance, as I think I was unsure about the mix. That is super helpful
I won't tell if you don't, lol.... NOTHING HAPPENED PEOPLE! 😉
Thanks for the listens! Yea, Papercut was done like that as an experiment with compression. When I remix it, the drums will be mostly normal with a couple of spots different (such as the ones that go super compressed and quieter). Probably after FAWM.
Maybe it was obvious, but I meant ALL weekend, lolol. FAWMing out 100% 😁
Thanks for checking out Mesmerized and taking the time to comment!
Thank you for your comments on my song Lake City, Tennessee. Greatly appreciated it! Have a great FAWM.
I followed you on all the sosh meeds.... loving your tunes on Soundcloud. Now to give your FAWM tunes a listen. How would you feel about a co-write sometime?
I got a RODE NT2000 and it is making my guitars and vocals much more pro. Plus I’ve learned some (probably basic) mixing techniques that have improved our sound too. FAWM tracks are always just demos for us, and then we re-record the good ones, but these aren’t far off for quick mix downs!
Hope you’re over your migraine. I’ve never had one but hear they suck!
Always great seeing you here, man! Looking forward to checking out more of your tunes! I can only promise you even shorter tunes from me while I also will be focused on recording another album. I was going to put the album songs up on FAWM but they've been written for a long time...so I didn't want to break the FAWM rules! Seeya here!
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment. 😀
Hey Jacob - thanks for the comment
"Find your vulnerability" sounds like an intriguing songwriting philosophy. Care to unpack a bit?
Hey thanks so much for the comments on the story so far. BTW I'm totally digging what I've heard from yiy so far again this year.
You asked about my vocal recording process. It's pretty simple. I use an NT2A going into a focusrite isa one into my cheap presonus usb interface. Recorded into studio one. Usually not a ton of takes and if there's a double I record it right along with the first pass. I do very little comping but I'll do it if I have to. No pitch correction or anything just your normal various forms of saturation compression EQ and whatever reverb or delays work for the song. Some of its pretty dry though. I don't think I left out anything but if you have any other questions let me know!
Loved your comment on “We Are Not Alone”. I will try to find some time this weekend to sit and enjoy more of your music.
Thanks for checking out the creepy subway song! I added some freaky guitar and remixed, so now it is about 1000 times more creepy, in case you wanted to check that out, lol. 😀
I want to be a FAWM superstar like you. Anywho, I think a key to my ukulele sound is mixing the DI with the mic. It's the setup I use for the acoustic one takes.
Many thanks for the thoughtful and intelligent comments time after time. I appreciate it! Glad to be back and great to hear your songs again.
thank you for your kind words on my lyric
Ididn't throw those stones
means so much coming from you sir
Thank you for listening and commenting. My guitar style is a little rough, so pleased how this turned out.
Thanks for your comments on my tune- looking forward to hearing you 🙌🏼
Thank you for the kind words on “Never Looking Back”. Also, great beard.
thank you for those kind words I'm so glad you like it,
and I'd love that if it brings a collab out of it too would be wonderful, enjoy fawm
THANK YOU Jacob
You dude - feel free to use "Let All the Earth Repeat It" - I'd love to hear about it if you do. I'll probably add more to it eventually. Then again, I'll probably loose weight, too. If you know what I mean. 😀
What say you to making your way back down to Austin for FOP again?
just to say a THANK YOU bud
I was inspired to write and post a lyric
this morning, called CARRY ME it came from your words about being exhausted the kind that gets into the bones I read it
before I listened to
believe in love again, great song
this is what fawm is all about
so THANK YOU
I’m glad that something I did or said was helpful to regain your confidence- the world is richer for your music!
thank you so much for your kind words on my lyric,
I can still hear your guitar
it means a lot to me coming from you,
Thanks, Jacob for the insight. I felt the Bridge wasn’t yet fully actualized. Your input pushed me to get it there. It’s not in the recording on FAWM (yet) but it’s there. Thanks again!
Congrats on your eventful year! I watched your other page, looking forward to the shoegaze
Thanks for listening! Actually yes, the Jazz had been my number 1 bass since I got it in 2004 or 5.
Thanks man. I appreciate it.
Aww. Thank you for the great comments!
Thanks for your lovely words on my first composition. Awwww tender, that is certainly not a word usually used to describe the banjo! I am happy you hear that in my playing, thank you 😀
Welcone to 2019 ! Would be cool to do something together again this year.
Wow!! Your mega talent has been discovered!
Of course!! You are a mighty force to be reckoned with...
Congratulations on all your past year successes...
Hi Jacob, nice to hear from you and look forward to hearing what fawm brings you!
Hey Jacob! I hope I get some songs out this month too. I'm not sure it will happen, but I'm staying optimistic. Excited to hear the beautiful music you create.
Hey Jacob! Happy FAWM to you!
Welcome back! I hope you retain your good health and are able to do some FAWMing in such a busy time.
Hi, Jacob, already said hi to you on the Texas forum thread but thought I'd pop by here and say hi again. So...
Hi!!!! Good luck with FAWM this year!
Hi, Jacob! Thanks for leaving a note. I forgot to log in for a couple days so I'm a bit late getting back to you. It sounds like last year was rough for you too, though also productive. But, yeah, going too fast or too hard and not taking care of ourselves can totally wreck havoc on mental as well as physical health. Here's to a more balanced 2019, my friend...
great to see you back! wow, you've had quite the year! (both up and down) looking forward to hearing new Feb songs, and be well!!!
Right back at you! As always, looking forward to hearing what you put out.
I'm definitely going to participate, and I still have a week left to get my groove back. 😉 Let me know if you want to collaborate again this year. I love Sun In The Mirror and listen to it often!
Hey Jacob, likewise. I’m looking forward to see what you come up with this year
Hi have a wonderful FAWM! Your "Capture Me" music video is really really impressive. Great work.
Hey Jacob, thanks for the message. I hope you have loads of fun!
Yay!! Whew! I wasn't sure if you'd have time with all your touring and world travelling this year!! ❤
I'm down for another collab this year if you are!! 😊
Hey Jacob, sounds like you had a good year, Way ta go, Itsa tough business
Happy FAWMing! I really enjoyed your efforts last FAWM. The quality (and quantity!) of your songwriting and recording is inspiring evidence that there is PLENTY of time in February to get everything done!
Watched the video, amazing, looking forward to hearing what you come up with this year.
Wow- sounds like 2018 was a roller coaster, hope things flow better health-wise this year but are just as successful. Always great to hear your art.
Hi Jacob, same to you! 😀 I’m looking forward to your guitarical tunes
Are you back in the US?
Here we go, Jacob!! 😀 Let's DO THIS!!
Sweet! Yeah... I'm already gunning for some surf. No idea what it'll sound like but that's a good bet coming out of the gate.
Oh man, congratulations on your new opportunities! The positive is always tempered with challenges. Always. You got to see one of my favorite places...Edinburgh! Actually Scotland is wonderful with great people! So welcoming and beautiful, not to mention ancient! Well, that is great and I’m glad to have you in my circle for a month or so. I look forward to it!
Wow, sounds like you had an amazing year, Jacob! Hope you're healthy and even if you have a blank slate now, I'm sure you'll come up with great stuff this FAWM.
Hey friend! I sure hope you are back this year. 😀
FAWM is going to be awesome and I can't wait to hear more from you - once you get back in the States, that is. And a collaboration maybe? Hope so...
Hi Jacob. Hope all is good in the world with you. Have a great February
So, how is it possible that you were not on my watchlist??? Well, that’s fixed. How are things going with your album and you?