UNCO[V]ERED artist Jakob is a songwriter and producer whose face may be familiar to some.
The multi-faceted Sydney native has created his own highly charged alternative pop blend that draws from R&B and hip-hop and fuses it with genre bending production. Though Jakob may only be 18 years old, he already has a lifetime of experience in music to draw from. On his self-titled debut EP, Jakob boldly announces his ambition. A conceptual body of work that marks the stages of a relationship that ultimately comes to an end, the five tracks traverse through diverse styles and influences completely unique to Jakob. It’s here the Latin vibes of “Lie” live comfortably next to soaring pop of “Secrets”, that unexpectedly takes it cues from punk, while the smooth grooves of “Half Burned Cigarette” illustrate how easily Jakob shape-shifts through his music.
Possessing a deep love for music but completely unaware he was harboring a talent for it, Jakob Delgado’s future was heading towards sport. An elite soccer player at a young age, Jakob had the talent to turn it into a lucrative career. That was until his mum heard him singing around the house and asked if he’d like to go to a music bootcamp with his sister. Soon after, Jakob hung up his boots, started a band, and courtesy of some broad TV exposure and a Facebook partnership, at just 14 years old had his first top 10 record.
Jakob’s band In Stereo were quickly pegged as the next One Direction and shot to fame instantly. During their 3 year tenure, the band released 3 top 10 Australian records, climbing as high as ARIA #3, completed five Australian tours and won an American Kids Choice Award before the group dissolved in early 2018. It was then Jakob transitioned into a solo career.
Driven by the goal of pioneering a new wave of artist, Jakob was inspired by emerging breakthrough artists like Yungblud and Ruel not to mention groundbreaking idols like Frank Ocean, Post Malone and The Weeknd to spark his creativity. Not content to just be like them, Jakob wanted to be one of them, so he went to the US to spend time with the collaborators behind the greats. Jakob worked with notable collaborators including Troy Noka (Frank Ocean, Miguel), Melanie Fontana (Justin Bieber, BTS, Chainsmokers) Michel Lindgren Schulz (Cheat Codes) and Chris ‘N’ Teeb (50 Cent). During these sessions Jakob found his sound, and himself.
Now armed with fierce determination, experience well beyond his years and a sound that’s truly his own, Jakob’s next chapter starts now.
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