Each year Central California is enlightened with the energy of Do LaB's Lightning In A Bottle, a festival full of music and life. This year we had the opportunity to conduct an interview and we decided to go with Stephan Jacobs, an artist we have been following long before our days out in Lake San Antonio. In fact, my first introduction to Stephan came from LA's premiere bass scene club Low End Theory, where I can vividly recall Stephan dropping an all original performance from an Akai APC 40 on Ableton Live. Since then he's been on our radar with a whirlwind of massive releases which eventually led us to the Pagoda Bar on Friday night to catch his heated performance full of raunchy hip hop verses and melting bass drops. It wasn't until the next day that we had a chance to catch up with him behind the scenes of LIB.
For Stephan Jacobs it all began around 12 years ago when he began producing and DJing hip hop style beats. He was able to get his foot in the door by attending events such as Space Island and Do Lab parties in Los Angeles. The local music scene guided Stephan as he searched for a style, something in between glitchy dubstep and hip-hop influenced trap.
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His first blast of credibility came from doing a ton of remixes back in 2010, a time when trap was new and Soundcloud wasn't so strict. This threw him into touring with artists such as ill. Gates as well as festivals such as Identity and Warped Tour. The last couple years have been a short break for Stephan so that he could focus on starting a family as well as two companies centered around connecting musicians with technology. We asked him to show us what these were about.
Producers Social is a monthly event that brings like minded producers together to share their projects and to receive constructive feedback. Producers Social sells-out almost every event with dates coming up in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco.
Stephan Jacobs has been focusing full-time around the clock on this project. Its concept is simple - combine the tasks of finding and renting a recording studio, rehearsal space, gear, and session players into one location-based app. With the software already in beta, we are looking forward to seeing it take off sometime this Summer.
With all this involvement in the air its good to know that Stephan Jacobs is currently working on an EP on top of collaborations with Axon Genesis and Da Moth that he's confident will bring him back strong. Until then we'll keep bumping his last Pixeltopia EP and look forward to what he has in store for the rest of 2016.
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