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|Birth name||Jacoby Dakota Shaddix|
|Also known as||Coby Dick
July 28, 1976 |
|Genres||Hard rock, alternative metal, nu metal, rap metal, rap rock, post-hardcore|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, rapper, TV Presenter|
|Instruments||Vocals, bass guitar, drums, clarinet|
|Labels||Eleven Seven Music, DGC/Interscope, Geffen, DreamWorks|
|Associated acts||Papa Roach
Fight the Sky
Radio Shack Megaphone Sucker
Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (born July 28, 1976 ) was born in Mariposa, California and is the lead singer for the rock group Papa Roach, as well as the lead singer for the unofficially defunct post-hardcore band Fight the Sky under the pseudonym 'John Doe.' Shaddix was also the host of MTV show 'Scarred'. Jacoby Shaddix was also the rapper for the band Papa Roach. His name in the Infest album was called Coby Dick. In 2004, Jacoby gave up the rapping for singing. In an interview in 2004, Jacoby said that he became disenchanted with Hip hop and what it represents in the media and all he wants to be is a rocker. However, in 2012, Jacoby Shaddix started rapping again in The Connection album and Jacoby even states that rapping again felt good and great.
Shaddix's parents divorced when he was six. Shaddix has two younger brothers, Trevor and Bryson. In his youth, he went to Vacaville High School where he played the clarinet in the school orchestra. Shaddix and Dave Buckner founded Papa Roach in 1993. Shaddix started out playing drums but found quickly that Dave was much better than him. Shaddix then decided to pick up bass to play a part in a band but his bass was stolen. After this he defaulted to singing. While 17, Shaddix started to work as a dishwasher to be able to finance his apartment with a friend. This job changed to a janitor in a hospital until he gave it all up for Papa Roach in 1999 so he could dedicate himself to the music he loved.
On July 19, 1997, Shaddix married his high-school sweetheart, Kelly Michelle Shaddix, with whom he has two sons, Makaile Cielo Shaddix, born March 24, 2002 and Jagger Monroe Shaddix, born September 13, 2004. Jacoby regularly brings Kelly and his sons on tour with him. Jacoby and Kelly had a rocky relationship. It was reported that they split up during the making of the 2012 record The Connection, and was confirmed during an interview with the band on Guitar Center: Sessions. Jacoby has written about their dysfunctional relationship in the songs She Loves Me Not, Time and Time Again, Decompression Period, Wish You Never Met Me, Leader of the Broken Hearts and Walking Dead. The couple have since reconciled. On March 5, 2013, during an interview with Rockline Radio, Jacoby confirmed that his wife was pregnant with their third child. At the 2013 Relentless Kerrang! Awards Shaddix revealed that they were expecting another boy. On September 17, 2013 Brixton Gabriel Shaddix was born. He was named after the Brixton Academy in London.
Drug and alcohol addiction
Although he has struggled with drug addiction in the past, Jacoby's main problem is with alcohol. In an early interview he admitted that he needed alcohol to help deal with not seeing his family while on tour. "I've got a little photo album of my baby, every day I just look at it and go, "You're so cute, man. I love you. And then I also need a bottle of vodka." Jacoby has written about his battles with alcohol in the songs "Binge" and "Black Clouds". Jacoby has also spoken of these issues in interviews. "[I was] a cutter for a while, and it really just got to a point. I was suicidal, and then I wanted to die, and then I realized that I didn't want to die. It was just like this whole - I was just in a cloud, so I had to get sober." Shaddix has written about his addictions and suicidal thoughts in the songs Last Resort and Before I Die.
Jacoby Shaddix is the founding member of Papa Roach. He formed the band with former drummer Dave Buckner, bassist Will James, and guitarist Ben Luther, in 1991. Ben was replaced by current guitarist Jerry Horton, Tobin Esperance replacing Will James following his departure. Dave Buckner's role was filled by Tony Palermo, leaving Jacoby the only original member in the band. The band's name Papa Roach, derives from Shaddix' step-grandfather, Howard William Roatch, who went by the nickname 'Papa Roach'. Howard committed suicide in 2006 following a diagnosis with an unspecified form of advanced stage cancer. The song 'Roses On My Grave' was written in his memory. Before releasing their major label debut album Infest, Papa Roach recorded and published an EP in 1994 entitled 'Potatoes For Christmas'. In 1997, their first full-length album, entiltled Old Friends from Young Years, was released.
Shaddix hosted the short lived MTV show 'Scarred', which had a run of two seasons, spanning April to late-July 2007. The demands of touring forced him to leave the show. 'Scarred' featured victims of skateboarding, biking, or other extreme sports-related injuries. It involved Jacoby introducing the victims before a clip of the recorded incident, or a dramatic rendition of the incident, followed by a commentary from the victim himself/herself about the injury, as well as the treatment required. The show drew its name from the Papa Roach song 'Scars'.
Shaddix has many tattoos. One of the first tattoos he got was his wife's name across his left arm, done when he was 21 years old . Many of his tattoos are text pieces: "Born To Rock" is across his clavicle, 'love' and 'hate' on his left and right hands, as well as the name's of sons on each wrist. On the left side of his chest, he has a queen surrounded by water, and on the right is a king surrounded by flames. Jacoby has said this represents the good and evil in him. On his right is a scroll which reads, "Here Lies Jacoby Dakota Shaddix", "Born With Nothing, Die With Everything", which is also the name of a song from LoveHateTragedy. On his left arm he has a house in flames, which references the band's song "Broken Home", and a coffin which references their song "Harder Than A Coffin Nail". On the back of his neck, Jacoby and his wife Kelly have the Chinese symbol for love, which he spoke about in an episode of MTV Cribs.
Shaddix has used various pseudonyms throughout his career including Coby Dick, Johnny Vodka, John Doe and Dakota Gold. He is now presently using Jacobo Insonico.
- Old Friends from Young Years (1997)
- Infest (2000)
- Lovehatetragedy (2002)
- Getting Away with Murder (2004)
- The Paramour Sessions (2006)
- Metamorphosis (2009)
- Time for Annihilation (2010)
- The Connection (2012)
Fight the Sky
- Seven Deadly Songs
- O Nikos Ton Goustarei
- "Conquer the World" - Die Trying's self-titled album (2003)
- "Forever in Our Hearts" - Brian McKnight single with Mýa, Nate Dogg, Sonny Sandoval, Fefe Dobson, Ben Jelen and Ben Moody (2005)
- "Americans" - X-Clan's album Return from Mecca (2007)
- "The Phoenix and the Fall" - Fight Of Your Life's (currently Static Summer) album The Phoenix (EP) (2007)
- "Outta control" (feat. Travis Barker) - Mams Taylor's unreleased track (2009)
- "Smoke on the Water" - Carlos Santana's album Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time (2010) / Deep Purple's tribute album Re-Machined: A Tribute to Deep Purple's Machine Head (2012)
- "Warning" - Skindred's album Union Black (2011)
- "End of the World[disambiguation needed]" - Shahnaz (2011)