Scott Jacoby (producer)

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Scott Jacoby
Scott Jacoby Eusonia Studios Picture.jpg
Background information
Birth nameScott Adam Jacoby
Born (1971-10-31) October 31, 1971 (age 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • singer
  • composer
  • songwriter
  • mixer
  • engineer
  • record label executive
Instruments
  • Piano
  • organ
  • drums
  • bass
  • guitar
  • vocals
Years active2000–present
Labels
  • Irma (2003–2007)
  • Eusonia (2007–present)
Associated acts
Websitescojac.com

Scott Adam Jacoby (born October 31, 1971) is an American record producer, songwriter, composer, sound engineer, and recording artist.[4][5] He is a Grammy Award winner,[4][6][3] and has worked with numerous artists in various genres including Coldplay, Cory Henry, Fabolous, Jackie Evancho, Janelle Monáe, Jason Mraz, John Legend, José James, Kane, Laura Izibor, Maiysha, Naturally 7, Rachel Platten, Ronnie Spector, Sia, Stormzy, Vampire Weekend and Vanessa Hudgens.[7][8][9] In 2007, he founded his own record label Eusonia Records, and also established Eusonia Studios.

Early life[edit]

Jacoby grew up in Rye, New York,[10][11] and earned a degree in Psychology from Skidmore College in 1993.[12] Afterwards, he attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine, but left his studies after two years to pursue a career in music.[5][12][13][14]

Career[edit]

In 2003, Jacoby signed a record deal with Irma Records to release his debut studio album, Before Now (in 2004).[15] The album was then licensed to Columbia Music Entertainment in Japan, and the first single, "I Like You", went to number 1 on the Japanese radio charts.[10][12] During this period, Jacoby also worked extensively in sound mixing, including work on the 2006 album, The Carnegie Hall Performance, Lewis Black's fifth album. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, for which Jacoby shared in the Grammy win.[6][12] In 2008, Columbia released Jacoby's sophomore studio album, After, which featured guest artists and writers, Maiysha, Andrew Wyatt, Jerome Collins of Straight No Chaser, Kevin Michael, and Shelly Peiken.[16]

Despite success as a recording artist, Jacoby's primary focus throughout his career has been on writing, production and mixing. To that end, in 2000, he opened Maze Studios with Allen Towbin,[10] which evolved to become Eusonia Studios in 2010, an "atmospherically inspiring setting" located in Manhattan's Flatiron District.[3][14] In 2002, Jacoby established his own music production company, SCOJAC Music Productions. As of 2019, he was the president and CEO.[17][18] Described as an "anti-specialist",[3] he has worked most notably as a writer, producer, engineer, mixer and musician with numerous artists across a wide range of genres.[4][5][8][13][19]

In 2011, Jacoby scored the Nicole Beharie film, My Last Day Without You, producing the theme song "My Last Day Without You". The song was a nominee at the 2012 Black Reel Awards for Best Original or Adapted Song.[20] In 2013, Jacoby mixed the Vampire Weekend single "Unbelievers" with Emily Lazar of The Lodge; the song was a popular track on the album Modern Vampires of the City, winner of the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.[3][21] In 2016, Jacoby produced Ronnie Spector's LP English Heart. Rolling Stone noted that the Spector's record, "helmed by producer Scott Jacoby... couldn't sound more different from her ex's dense, claustrophobic signature sound – and that's how she likes it".[22] Jacoby also produced Deva Mahal's debut album Run Deep, released March 23, 2018.[23][1][24] On the strength of this release, GRAMMY.com named Mahal their No. 1 in 'Best New Bands' from South by Southwest 2018.[25]

Eusonia records[edit]

In 2007, Jacoby founded Eusonia Records,[14] an independent record label, originally distributed by Ryko[5] and later by RED.[13] By 2008, Jacoby had signed progressive soul singer Maiysha to his label, and began collaborating with her on her first album, This Much is True.[2] Jacoby co-wrote and produced the lead single from this album, "Wanna Be", which was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 in the Best Urban Alternative Performance category.[2] As of 2019, the label had four artists on its roster: Jacoby, Maiysha,[14] SiLyA and Zach Deputy, in addition to releasing the soundtrack for the 2013 film My Last Day Without You.[3] In 2010, Jacoby teamed up with his partner James McKinney to run the label.[26] In 2016, Eusonia partnered with the Anguilla Music Academy and the Grammy Museum to create the Music Revolution Project in Anguilla.[27][28]

Personal life[edit]

Jacoby speaks at music industry events and universities, as both a guest lecturer and a featured speaker.[29][30][31] He has held various positions at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences[32][33] and in 2016 was the presenter of the Technical Grammy Award.[34] As of 2019, he resided in Greenwich Village, New York City with his wife and daughters.[35]

Discography[edit]

Recording artist[edit]

Studio albums
  • Before Now (2004)
  • After (2008)
Other projects
  • Evolution of Creation (as VMS Universe) (1996)
  • Insert (with Allen Towbin as EJECT) (2000)

Producer, writer and mix engineer[edit]

The following is a select list of albums in which Jacoby has worked on as either producer, co-producer, composer, mixer or engineer, showing song title, year released, performing artist(s), album title and role.

Year Title(s) Artist(s) Album Label Role
2002 "Do the Roo" Disney Channel Songs from the Book of Pooh Walt Disney Composer, producer
2003 "Right Way" Maya Azucena Maya Who?! NuMedia NY Producer
2004 Entire album Scott Jacoby Before Now Irma Primary artist, composer, producer, engineer, mixer
"Baby" Fabolous Real Talk Desert Storm, Atlantic Additional keyboards
2005 Entire album Jess Klein Strawberry Lover Rykodisc Hammond organ, Wurlitzer piano
2006 Entire EP Autumn Sunshine (EP) You Producer
Entire album Lewis Black The Carnegie Hall Performance[a] Comedy Central Engineer
"Can Ya Feel It?" Naturally 7 Ready II Fly Virgin Music Germany Additional drum programming[b]
"Feel It (In the Air Tonight)" Producer, drum programming, arrangement
"Harder Than That" Drum programming
"Never" Composer,[c] producer, drum programming
"4Life" Producer[d]
"New York" Additional drum programming
2007 "Mmm…" Laura Izibor Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?
(Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture)
Atlantic Producer, engineer
2008 "Last Night" Vanessa Hudgens Identified Hollywood Producer, engineer,[e] drum programming, Wurlizter electric piano, electric guitar, Hammond organ
Entire album Scott Jacoby After Eusonia, Nippon Columbia Primary artist, composer, producer, engineer, mixer, vocals, guitar, piano, clavinet, organ, Wurlitzer piano, Minimoog, drums, congas, percussion, drum programming
Entire album Kane Everything You Want Universal Producer, mixer, backing vocals
Entire album Maiysha This Much Is True[f] Eusonia Executive producer, producer, engineer, mixer, drum programming, instrumentation
"Damned" Eva Avila Give Me the Music Sony BMG Canada Composer[g]
2009 "Perfect World" Laura Izibor Let the Truth Be Told Atlantic Producer, engineer, drum programming, additional mixing
"The Worst Is Over" Producer, engineer, mixer
"Yes (I'll Be Your Baby)" Producer, engineer, drum programming, additional mixing, bass, clavinet, drums, organ, Wurlitzer piano, string arrangement[h]
"I Don't Want You Back" Producer, engineer, mixer, drum programming, drums, organ
"Mmm…" Producer, engineer
2010 "Touch" José James Blackmagic Brownswood, Beat Mixer
"Warrior"
"Save Your Love for Me"
"The Greater Good"
"Beauty"
Entire album Chimène Laisse-les dire AZ, Universal Producer, mixer
Carolyn Malachi Lions, Fires, Squares[i] Self-released Mixer
José James, Jef Neve For All We Know[j] Impulse! Mixer
Billy White First Things First Porto Franco Mixer, mastering[k]
2011 Entire album SiLyA Peel Away Eusonia Producer, mixer
Kane Singles Only Universal, Kane
"All I Seem to Do" Rachel Platten Be Here Rock Ridge Mixer
"You Don't Have to Go"
"Nothing Ever Happens"
Entire album Zach Deputy Another Day Eusonia Producer, mixer
2012 Entire album Cory Henry Gotcha Now Doc Self-released Mixer, mastering
"Spaceship" Nicki Richards Tell Me… Not On Label Additional vocals
2013 "Trouble" José James No Beginning No End Blue Note Composer[l]
Entire album Vigon Bamy Jay Les Soul Men 323 Producer, mixer
"Unbelievers" Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City[m] XL Mixer[n]
Entire album Olympe Olympe Fontana, Mercury Producer, mixer
Nicole Beharie, various artists My Last Day Without You:
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Eusonia Composer, producer
2014 Entire album School Is Cool Nature Fear Sony Music Belgium, Wilderness Mixer
Olympe Une vie par jour Mercury Producer, mixer
"Alexandra" Hamilton Leithauser Black Hours Ribbon Mixer
"Pop That Truck" Chuck Brown Beautiful Life Raw Venture
Entire album Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes TOLBooth
2015 "Keep the Customer Satisfied" Naturally 7 Hidden in Plain Sight, Vox Maximus Vol. 1 Hidden Beach Producer, mixer
"Can't Take the Credit"
"Put You on to this"
"Need You with Me"
"Mahalia"
"Take It (Golden Gates)"
"Colors" Vérité Sentiment (EP) Not On Label, Turntable Kitchen Mixer[o]
Entire EP Rachel Brown The Band (EP) Anavista Producer, mixer
2016 "Congratulations" Rachel Platten Wildfire Columbia, Sony Music Composer[p]
Entire album Cory Henry The Revival GroundUP, Universal Mixer
Ronnie Spector English Heart 429 Producer, mixer
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams (5.1 Surround Mix) Parlophone, Atlantic Mixer
2017 "The Week of the Disaster" The Kin Modern Primitive Self-released Composer, producer, mixer
"Underneath It All"
"Live Your Fantasy" José James Love in a Time of Madness Blue Note Composer, engineer,[q] keyboards, synthesizer
"Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2" Stormzy Gang Signs & Prayer #Merky Engineer
Entire album White Willow Future Hopes The Laser's Edge Additional engineer
Entire album Lesley Kernochan A Calm Sun Maple Syrup Music Producer, mixer, engineer[38]
"Lu Guistacofane” Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino Canzoniere Ponderosa Composer, producer[39]
2018 Entire album Deva Mahal Run Deep Motéma Music Composer, producer, mixer[40]
"Blunder" Michael Blume cynicism & sincerity S-Curve Records Co-producer, engineer, keyboards[41]
"Have It All" (Easy Star All-Stars Reggae Mix) Jason Mraz Know Atlantic Mixer
Entire album As Is Here's to Life Self-released Engineer, mixer[42]
Entire album Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Art of Love Self-released Co-producer, engineer
"Born to Try" Part-Time Friends Streets and Stories Sony Music Mixer
"I Like That" (Easy Star All-Stars Reggae Mix) Janelle Monae Dirty Computer Atlantic Mixer
"Ain't No Sunshine" Kori Withers[43] Melting Self-released Producer, engineer, Mixer
"Grandma's Hands" Acoustic Version Jose James Lean On Me[44] Blue Note Producer, engineer, Mixer
2019 Entire album Marvin Jouno Sur Mars Un Plan Simple Mixer
"Heat" (Easy All-Stars Reggae Mix) Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life Atlantic Mixer
Entire album Elisa Jo Kicks Universal Producer, Mixer
"Waves" Saul Rivers single Self-released Producer, Mixer
Entire EP Ben l'Oncle Soul Ben. Blue Note Mixer
Entire album Lesley Kernochan Hummingbird Revolution Make My Day Producer, Mixer
"Orange Trees" (Easy Star All-Stars Reggae Mix) Marina Love + Fear Warner Mixer
Entire album Cast Recording (various artists) Cleopatra, The Musical Experience[45] Broadway Records Engineer

Film and television[edit]

The following is a list of films, television series and commercials in which Jacoby has worked on as either producer, co-producer, composer, mixer or engineer, showing title/client, project type, role and year released.

Year Title / Client Type Role Ref
2002 The Book of Pooh / Disney Series Composer, producer [46]
2003 Old Navy Commercial [47]
JanSport Commercial
2005 Confess Film Composer [48]
2010 Escape from Havana / CNBC Documentary [49]
2011 My Last Day Without You[r] Film Composer, producer [50]
2013 The Immigrant Film Engineer [51]
2016 Policing the Police (Frontline) / PBS Documentary Composer [52]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ The Carnegie Hall Performance won Best Comedy Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2006.
  2. ^ The drums for "Can Ya Feel It?" were co-programmed with Andrew Lefkowits.
  3. ^ "Never" was co-composed with Andrew Lefkowits and Jamal Reed.
  4. ^ "4Life" was co-produced with Dwight Stewart and Kevin Deane.
  5. ^ "Last Night" was co-engineered by Jason Coons.
  6. ^ "Wanna Be", the second track from This Much Is True, was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards in 2009.[36]
  7. ^ "Damned" was co-composed with Greg Johnston, Luke McMaster and Sherry St. Germain.
  8. ^ The strings for "Yes (I'll Be Your Baby)" were co-arranged with Laura Izibor and Steve Lunt.
  9. ^ "Orion", the second track from Lions, Fires, Squares, was nominated for Best Urban/Alternative Performance at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.
  10. ^ For All We Know won the Prix du Jazz Vocal (Vocal Jazz Award) at the Prix de l'Académie du Jazz in 2010.[37]
  11. ^ First Things First was co-mixed and mastered with Alex Bilowitz.
  12. ^ "Trouble" was co-composed with José James.
  13. ^ Modern Vampires of the City won Best Alternative Music Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards in 2013.
  14. ^ "Unbelievers" was co-mixed with Emily Lazar.
  15. ^ "Colors" was co-mixed with Jack Dine and Zach Nicita.
  16. ^ "Congratulations" was co-composed with Rachel Platten and Jon Levine.
  17. ^ "Live Your Fantasy" was co-engineered with Jack Dine.
  18. ^ My Last Day Without You won Best Independent Feature at the Black Reel Awards of 2012.

Citations

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  2. ^ a b c "Grammy Nominee MAIYSHA". ABC7. July 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f David Weiss (April 27, 2014). "Producer Profile: Scott Jacoby – Rise of the Anti-Specialist". SonicScoop.com. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Lily Moayeri (December 10, 2014). "Mix Regional New York City: Scott Jacoby at Eusonia Studios". Mix (magazine). Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Philbrook, Erik. "Manhattan Motown". ASCAP Online. Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Winners: 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards (2006)". The Recording Academy. Retrieved September 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Kory Grow (October 1, 2016). "Ronnie Spector on Keith Richards, David Bowie and Life After Phil". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
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  10. ^ a b c Fishbein, Jennifer (April 16, 2004). "He's Big in Japan". The Forward. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  11. ^ Teague, Simone (March 25, 2019). "Grammy Award-Winning Music Producer Scott Jacoby Returning To Speak at Skidmore". Retrieved September 18, 2019.
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  13. ^ a b c Mitchell, Gail. "Producer Scott Jacoby Seeks His Motown in Eusonia". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  14. ^ a b c d Dillon Rand, "Maiysha, a self-described late bloomer", The Montclair Times (October 8, 2009), p. D9.
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  16. ^ "Scott Jacoby(スコット・ジャコビー)". Columbia.jp. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  17. ^ Barlyn, Suzanne. "SCOJAC Music Productions". Productionco.org. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  18. ^ Barlyn, Suzanne (November 26, 2007). "Talk Is Cheap". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  19. ^ "Scott Jacoby Discography at Discogs: Credits". discogs. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  20. ^ "Black Reels Embraces Diverse Group of Films". The Black Reel Awards. December 19, 2012.
  21. ^ Weiss, David (September 18, 2013). "The Uncommon Mastering of a No. 1 Album: Vampire Weekend Gets Creative with The Lodge". Sonicscoop.
  22. ^ Grow, Kory (April 14, 2016). "Ronnie Spector on Keith Richards, David Bowie and Life After Phil". Rolling Stone.
  23. ^ Empire, Kitty (March 25, 2018). "Deva Mahal: Run Deep review – gentle sepia R&B debut". The Guardian. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  24. ^ Whitmore, Laura B. "Exclusive Song Premiere: Deva Mahal Tells it Like it is With 'Can't Call It Love'". Parade. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  25. ^ "SXSW 2018: 7 New Bands To Check Out This Year". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
  26. ^ "Mix Tips: James McKinney". Mix (magazine). February 1, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  27. ^ "GRAMMY Museum's Music Revolution Project brought to Anguilla Through the Anguilla Music Academy | The Anguillian Newspaper". Theanguillian.com. July 19, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  28. ^ "Anguilla Music Academy and The GRAMMY Museum Presents: Music Revolution Project Anguilla" (PDF). Grammymuseum.org. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  29. ^ Mike Errico (April 4, 2013). "Special Thanks: Scott Jacoby". Errico.com. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
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  31. ^ "AES Platinum Panels Feature Artists On Both Sides Now". Audio Engineering Society. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  32. ^ "Producers & Engineers Wing Leadership". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  33. ^ "The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Announces 2015–2016 Steering Committee". Clyne Media. November 17, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  34. ^ "The 58th GRAMMY Awards – Technical GRAMMY Ceremony". Gettyimages. February 12, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
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  38. ^ "Lesley Kernochan, A Calm Sun". AllMusic. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  39. ^ "Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Canzoniere". Ponderosa. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  40. ^ Gail Mitchell (April 26, 2018). "Deva Mahal Ignites a 'Fire': Video Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  41. ^ "Michael Blume, "Blunder"". AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  42. ^ "Surprises Abound in New As Is Release 'Here's To Life'". All About Jazz. January 26, 2018. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  43. ^ Withers, Kori. "News". The Urban Music Scene. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  44. ^ James, Jose. "Recording". Jaxsta. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  45. ^ "Cleopatra, The Musical Experience". Allmusic. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  46. ^ "Songs from the Book of Pooh". AllMusic. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  47. ^ "Maze Studios". Company on Top. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  48. ^ "Confess (2005)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  49. ^ "Escape from Havana: An American Story". CNBC. May 26, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  50. ^ "My Last Day Without You (2011)". IMDb. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  51. ^ "The Immigrant (Feature Film 2014)". ProductionBeast. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  52. ^ "Policing the Police". PBS Frontline. June 28, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.

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