Jake Sinclair (musician)

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Jake Sinclair
Birth nameJacob S. Sinclair
BornMarch 7, 1985 (1985-03-07) (age 34)
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
  • Guitar
  • bass
  • piano
  • percussion
  • vocals
  • programming
Years active2003–present
Associated acts

Jacob S. Sinclair[1] (born March 7, 1985) is a Grammy-nominated American record producer, musician, singer, and songwriter.[2] His production and songwriting credits include Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, 5 Seconds of Summer, Pink, New Politics, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Gin Wigmore, and Train.[3][4][5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Idaho, Sinclair started playing music at age 7, where he discovered a love for learning and playing songs by The Beatles. He started his first band at age 11 by convincing his friends to buy instruments, and furthered his skills playing with his father in their local church band. During Sinclair's time as a member of the band The Films, Jake met Butch Walker who became a mentor for him, leading Sinclair to move from New York to Los Angeles where he began engineering for Walker, working with multi-platinum artists such as Taylor Swift, P!nk, Avril Lavigne, Keith Urban, Panic! at the Disco, Fall Out Boy, Weezer and Train.


After writing and producing his first RIAA Gold single with New Politics ("Harlem"), followed by his first RIAA Platinum single with 5 Seconds Of Summer ("She Looks So Perfect"), Jake moved into his own studio in Echo Park. It was here that he produced Panic! At the Disco’s #1 album Death of a Bachelor and Weezer’s White Album. He is currently performing on tour with Beck.

Sinclair co-wrote and produced Panic! at the Disco's Pray For The Wicked and Death of a Bachelor albums (which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200)[6][4] and produced Weezer's 2016 Weezer (White Album).[4] Both were nominated for Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.[7] He co-wrote and produced "Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy,[4] which debuted at number one on the U.S. iTunes Chart,[8] reached number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA in December 2015.[9] Sinclair received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year for his work as engineer and bassist on Taylor Swift's "Everything Has Changed"[4] alongside producer Butch Walker.[10] He co-wrote and produced the debut single, "She Looks So Perfect" by 5 Seconds of Summer[4] that peaked at number one in over five countries and won Song of the Year at the 2014 ARIA Awards.[11] Sinclair is the former bassist of the indie/pop rock band The Films[12] and the lead singer and producer of the indie pop duo Alohaha.[13][4] In November 2018 Sinclair won the Spotify Secret Genius Award for best rock producer.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Sinclair is married to actress Kate Micucci. They live in Los Angeles and New York with their dog Claire.[15]


Year Artist Title Label Role
TBA Weezer Untitled Weezer Album Atlantic Records Producer[16]
2018 Panic! at the Disco Pray For The Wicked Fueled by Ramen Producer
2016 Weezer Weezer Atlantic Records Producer
Panic! at the Disco Death of a Bachelor Fueled by Ramen Producer (all tracks except "Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time" and "Hallelujah"), composer, background vocals ("Victorious", "Hallelujah")[17]
Sia "Reaper", "House on Fire" Inertia Producer[17]
2015 Courtney Love "Miss Narcissist" Ghost Ramp Producer, engineer, guitar, bass[18]
Lolo Comeback Queen (EP) DCD2, Universal, Island Producer, bass, guitar
Fall Out Boy "Uma Thurman" (ft. Wiz Khalifa), "Fourth of July" ft. OG Maco DCD2, Island Producer, engineer, keyboards, percussion, programming, vocals (background), additional production, mixing[17]
Make America Psycho Again (remix album) DCD2, Universal, Island Composer, producer (all tracks except "American Beauty/American Psycho")
Hey Violet I Can Feel It Hi or Hey Records Producer[17]
White Sea "Stay Young, Get Stoned" Downey, Obscura Producer, bass, guitar
Matt Nathanson Show Me Your Fangs Vanguard Records Composer ("Headphones" ft. Lolo), mixer[17]
Alohaha Welcome to Your New Life Vocals, guitar, bass
Harry Connick, Jr. That Would Be Me Marsalis Music Bass, engineer[17]
New Politics Vikings DCD2, Warner Bros. Records Producer, engineer, mixer, vocal engineer; composer ("Girl Crush," "Lovers in a Song," "15 Dreams," "Pretend We're in a Movie," "Aristocrat")[19]
2014 5 Seconds of Summer "She Looks So Perfect" Capitol, Hi or Hey Composer, producer, engineer, guitar, programming, mixing, vocals (background)[19]
Andrew McMahon "Cecilia and the Satellite" Vanguard Records Mixing, additional production[19]
Henry Jackman Big Hero 6 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Walt Disney Records Mixing, programming, additional Production[17]
Train "Cadillac, Cadillac," "Angel in Blue Jeans," "Give It All," "Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life" (ft. Marsha Ambrosius), "Son of a Prison Guard," "Just a Memory" Columbia Records Producer, musician, additional production, engineer[19]
Gavin DeGraw Finest Hour: The Best of Gavin DeGraw RCA Bass, engineer, vocals (background)[17]
Travie McCoy "Keep On Keeping On" Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen, Nappy Boy, Atlantic Engineer, mixing, composer[20]
Christina Perri Head or Heart Atlantic Records Engineer[19]
MAX "Streets of Gold" DCD2, Crush Producer, programming, bass, composer, drums, engineer, keys, mixing, percussion[21]
2013 New Politics "Harlem" RCA Producer, bass, composer, engineer, guitar, mixing, percussion, programming, synthesizer, vocals (background)[17]
Daughtry "Traitor" RCA Records Bass, composer, drums, engineer, producer, programming, vocals (background)[17]
Big B "Here Comes the Lightning" Suburban Noize Records Composer, producer[17]
Keith Urban "Even the Stars Fall 4 U," "Heart Like Mine" Capitol Nashville Bass, engineer, keyboards, percussion, programming[17]
Matt Nathanson "Mission Bells" Vanguard Records Producer, composer, mixing, guitar, drums, programming, vocals (background), bass[19]
Gavin Degraw "I'm Gonna Try," "Heartbreak" RCA Bass, engineer[19]
Fall Out Boy "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" Island Records Engineer, keyboards, percussion, programming, vocals (background)[19]
Panic! at the Disco "This Is Gospel" Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen Engineer, mixing, composer[19]
2012 Chiddy Bang "Handclaps & Guitars" IRS, Parlophone, EMI Composer, vocals[19]
Train "Drive By" Columbia, Syco Engineer, programming[19]
Shovels & Rope "Birmingham" Dualtone, Dine Alone Mixing[17]
Taylor Swift "Everything Has Changed" Big Machine, Republic Bass, engineer, vocals (background)[19]
The Avett Brothers "Down With the Shine" American Engineer[17]
Pink "My Signature Move" RCA Composer, engineer, mixing, producer, vocals (background)[19]
Lit The View from the Bottom Megaforce Engineer[17]
2011 Avril Lavigne "Alice" Buena Vista Records Engineer[19]
Gin Wigmore "Black Sheep" Universal, Mercury Records Engineer, composer, drums, guitar (bass), organ, percussion, piano, synthesizer, vocals (background), whistle[19]
Weezer and Hayley Williams "Rainbow Connection" Walt Disney Records Engineer[19]
Gavin DeGraw "Soldier" RCA Records Bass, engineer[17]
Eulogies Tear the Fences Down Dangerbird Producer, engineer, mixing[17]
Butch Walker and the Black Widows "Synthesizers" Dangerbird Bass, composer, producer, engineer, piano, vocals (background)[19]
The Wombats "1996," "Walking Disasters" 14th Floor, Bright Antenna Engineer[19]
Cary Ann Hearst "Hell's Bells" (from True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Vol. 3) Dualtone Records Main personnel[17]
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues Decaydance, Fueled by Ramen Engineer[19]
2010 Hey Monday Beneath It All Decaydance, Columbia Engineer[17]
Butch Walker and the Black Widows I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart One Haven Music Producer, engineer, percussion, vocals (background), bass[19]
Mishka Talk About j.k. livin Records Assistant engineer, engineer, guitar, mixing[17]
Never Shout Never "Love is Our Weapon" Loveway Records, Sire, Warner Bros. Records Assistant engineer, engineer, guitar, mixing[19]
2009 Plastiscines "Barcelona" Virgin France Producer, composer[19]
Weezer "(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To" XL, Geffen Engineer[17]
Train Save Me, San Francisco Columbia Records Engineer[17]


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  10. ^ "56th GRAMMYs Preview: Album of the Year". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
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