From Jacob Davich
When a child stumbles upon fame early, sometimes he burns out, and many times he combusts sending sparks flying that forever tarnish his chances of achieving adulthood success. In the case of Jacob Davich, he submerged himself beneath the Hollywood lights, began crafting his skill, while growing as a person, and came roaring back in a brand new way.
After prominent roles in such films as The Aviator (2004), Mr. Woodcock (2007), and The Adventures Of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005) around the age of 14, Davich decided it was time to do something different with his life. “I will never forget that phase, it was fantastic,” Davich says. “But I was over it. So I walked out, ready for something else.” As the son of composer Martin Davich, who scored television series such as Third Watch and E.R., Davich’s love of music began far before he crossed into the acting realm. “I would sit in the studio with my dad and watch all these amazing session musicians,” Davich says. “They shaped the way I saw and appreciated music from early on.”
The adolescent boy entrenched himself in normality. He went to a small high school in Southern California, and for a year attended San Diego State University, before realizing the only thing that he was meant to do: creating music. “It’s a long walk from 12 to 22. I went to college and left because music was the only thing I really wanted to do.”
By approaching his music from an impassioned point of view, Davich pours his crooning voice over what he calls a traditional arrangement of classic chords, progressions, and tunes that will transport you to the days of James Taylor, Jackson Brown, and Johnny Cash. He creates his arrangements by listening to artists from the 1970s such as Fleetwood Mac, and Paul Simon, and channeling their essence in his own form. His classic style, soulful resonance, and instrumentation are truly symbolic of what would be the transplant of a classic man in the modern day. Davich’s first studio album, Between the Lines, displays just this. The 11 folk and Americana tracks possess a twinge of classic country, and weave the story of love, loss, and triumph as told through Davich’s voice, which serves as an eerily similar hybrid of James Taylor and Jackson Brown. Track’s such as “My Father’s Gun” and “Cold Heart” stand out, with tales of revenge, anger, and heartbreak, as Davich’s voice explodes and swoons over an orchestral arrangement. Jacob recorded his debut album at the famed Oceanway Studios, the hallowed hall of recordings by James Taylor, Count Basie, and Frank Sinatra, among countless others. “At the studio, they had pictures of Sinatra recording there in the 1960s, and I could see that he stood on the very same floor I was standing on. It was amazing and humbling,” Jacob marvels. Jacob’s father, produced the album, and invited a cadre of iconic studio personnel to take part in the recording process, including Jesse Seibenberg of Supertramp fame, who co-produced and mixed the tracks, along with five-time Grammy-winner Brian Vibberts. “I’m still caught up in that land of “Ain’t No Sunshine” and the blues,” Davich said. “So, I’m ripping that page from that time, because that is who I am. My music is old, but to me and hopefully to my listeners, it’s new.”
When a star is born, its life span is impossible to predict. It will burn bright and explode, ultimately disappearing in thin air. Or, there are the slow burners, the ones that once seem like a dot in your farthest consciousness, until they turn, and grow until they are so bright they are etched in the skyline forever. Jacob Davich seems to be the latter.