James Jacob (Jakwob)
British composer, producer and DJ James Jacob - aka Jakwob - was born in Hereford to Anglo Indian and Scottish parents. As a multi-instrumentalist, in his early teenage years, he was involved in many local bands – starting out in jazz but soon moving on to death metal and folk. This has led to his distinctive style, notable for transcending genres, such as the many flavours of UK dance music.
In 2009, Jacob won acclaim in the music blog world for his bootleg of Ellie Goulding's "Starry Eyed". In November 2009, he was given his first airplay on national radio when his remix of Ellie Goulding's "Under the Sheets" was played on BBC Radio 1 as Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record in the World'. He released his debut single "Here with Me" on his own label, Boom Ting Recordings on 13 September 2010. Jacob has scored a number of independent short films, documentaries and adverts.
He most recently composed the score for the 3 x BAFTA nominated feature How To Have Sex, releasing the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack in January 2024. The Cannes Award-winning feature debut from Molly Manning Walker recently received its US theatrical release and is available to stream exclusively on MUBI in the UK & Ireland now.
Recent collaborators of Jacob's have included Little Simz, Shygirl, Nia Archives and AURORA. In February 2024 BRIT Award-winning artist Little Simz released her “Drop 7” EP, produced by Jakwob and released on Forever Living Originals. Having made music together for over a decade, the release of the EP followed news of Little Simz’ 2024 BRIT Award (3) and MOBO Award (4) nominations.