What would Mozart Do? A new video from Jacob Collier

Today, a friend of mine from Boston sent me the new Jacob Collier YouTube video. Within two days of its release it has been viewed 68,000 times. After watching it twice – and once I’d recovered from the shock – I was immediately compelled to check out almost everything the internet has on young Jacob, including articles and interviews in which he demystifies his process without an ounce of pretension. He is open, he is honest, he is earnest, he is a phenomenon. He is 19 years old:

If this boy isn’t Mozart incarnate, then surely he is the embodiment of what a young, multi-talented genius could do in the year 2014: first possessing a staggeringly complex understanding of harmony, rhythm and counterpoint; then unleashing it on the world with a complete understanding of everyday technology and social media. Not surprisingly, he has already been praised by such luminaries as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Quincy Jones and Pat Metheny. He speaks with eloquence, intensity and wisdom about building his harmonies from the ground up, the happiness of his family life, and about finding one’s passion in life. I don’t even know how many instruments this killer keyboardist can play, but you bet it was super-savvy marketing for EHX to post Jacob’s experiments with their most state-of-the-art looper yet:

Jacob is rocking the world from the comfort of his own home studio, and we can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next!