Jacob learned to play trumpet one day in fourth grade when he impulsively followed a crush into band class. He went on to teach himself to play piano and later the guitar at the age of 18. Never content to simply replay songs out of books, he began writing and composing from a young age—sometimes playing the songs himself, and other times composing songs on his computer with an early MIDI sequencer. After graduating from UC Berkeley, Jacob took the relevant parts of his Dance & Linguistics majors, got rid of the actual dancing and language, and started composing in earnest. While making albums entirely at home for himself and friends, he was also honing his chops playing live and running an open mic in Berkeley. Before even releasing his first full-length CD, a video
of him performing at his open mic has attracted over 600,000 views on YouTube, he produced an album
for a local band, and he was composing for his college dance company. In 2009, he released his instrumental album Flux
on a Creative Commons license to encourage people to share and distribute it. Since releasing Flux
, he has been playing lead guitar with his band The Hangover Brigade
, composed the scores for three additional dance pieces with San Francisco dance company Post:Ballet
, four short films, and is always already working on more.