Miles Jacob is one of the most innovative, passionate, and exciting emerging artists in today's music scene. As a solo musician, his 6-string electric violin and unique array of effect pedals weave soundscapes ranging in flavor from spartan, lingering fragility, to lush and complex string arrangements. Miles' voice has been described as, "haunting," "bone-chilling," and "completely unique."
Humming songs before he could walk and trained as a classical violinist from the age of 5, Miles Jacob has spent his lifetime with a tune on his lips, a bow in one hand and a fiddle in the other. An insatiable musical curiosity led Miles to branch out from classical music into other genres, exploring folk and jazz styles before falling squarely in love with rock and electric music.
After commissioning a custom-designed 6-string instrument and collecting a dizzying array of loopers and effects pedals, Miles has devoted himself to crafting poignant, infectious, highly personal songs that have riveted audiences across the nation. While his ready smile and personable nature regularly charm his listeners, Miles' dark soundscapes and self-deprecating lyrical moral ambiguity reflect the unsettled spirit seeking satisfaction in an imperfect world.
Though newcomers to Miles Jacob's music are inevitably intrigued by his unusual violin and army of foot switches, it is ultimately his voice that ends up capturing audiences' hearts. Miles “really knows how to use his voice—and when to abuse it,” exclaimed one singing teacher after hearing a recent set in New York City. Wearing the influence of his musical heroes on his sleeve, listeners regularly compare Miles' voice to that of Thom Yorke, Jeff Buckley, and Marcus Mumford, but with a harshness reflecting his love of rock and roll outfits like the White Stripes, the Black Keys, and Jimi Hendrix.
Miles has floored audiences in some of the country's hottest music centers, from San Francisco (where one music booker wrote, “Miles does amazing things: he's a modern one-man band playing modern music with his custom 6-string violin”), to New York City (packing houses at legendary venues such as The Knitting Factory and The Bitter End), and has now taken up residence in New Orleans, looking to evolve his sound even as he makes his mark on the local scene.
"Miles does amazing things: he's a modern one-man band playing modern music with his custom 6-string violin. I hire him every time he comes to San Francisco."
-Ted Maddry, Bay Area venue booker
"This was perhaps the most amazing performance/listening party that my ears have ever taken part in...please use my space as a venue any time."
-Rahn Broady, New Orleans house concert host