A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier
A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier

(Music) (Singing) I was walking down the line, trying to find some peace of mind. Then I saw you. You were takin’ it slow
and walkin’ it one step at a time. I said, “Listen, stranger, I’m feeling low now. I don’t know which way to go.” I said, “If you’re lost now, maybe I could help you along
and sing you a song, and move you on and on and on.” Singing down the line. Where shall we go? Where shall we go? She said, “I’m looking
for a kind of shelter. A place for me to call my own. I’ve been walking all night long, but I don’t know where to call my home.” “The only way to find that place is close to where my heart is. I know I’m gonna get there, but I’ve got to keep on
walking down the line.” Down the line. Down the line. Thank you so much. (Applause) How’s everybody feeling today?
You feeling good? (Cheers) Fantastic. Would everybody mind
singing with me for just one second? Could you sing something?
Could you sing a D? Sing “Ooh.” (Audience hums) Oh — louder for me, louder for me. (Singing) Oh. Now, please, if you could sing, “Oh oh oh.” Audience: Oh oh oh. Jacob Collier: Whoa oh oh. Audience: Whoa oh oh. JC: Sing, “Whoa oh.” Audience: Whoa oh. JC: Oh oh oh. Audience: Oh oh oh. JC: Sing, “Whoa oh oh.” Audience: Whoa oh oh. JC: Sing, “Whoa oh oh.” Audience: Whoa oh oh. JC: Whoa oh oh. Audience: Whoa oh oh. JC: Sing, “Whoa oh oh.” Audience: Whoa oh oh. Thank you so much.
That’s beautiful. Thank you. (Applause) Thank you. So do you feel that motion? Do you feel yourself
as part of that motion, things moving underneath the surface? So the language of musical harmony
is an absolutely extraordinary one. It’s a way of navigating
one’s emotional frameworks, but without the need
to put things into words, and I think that,
as with many other languages, it doesn’t matter how much
you know about a language. It doesn’t matter
how many words you can say, how many phrases you know. What matters is the emotional choices
you make with this language. So I encourage us to embrace
this idea as a community, which is the thing which in time
may grow us towards as opposed to away from our own humanity. Thank you so much. (Applause) (Music) (Singing) Take me anywhere you want to go. You know that my love is strong. In my hideaway. Softly, like the calm that follows storms, Find what I’ve been
searching for all along. In my hideaway. Even when I close my eyes, darling, if you’ve gone astray,
I’m on my way to my hideaway. Touch me like I’ve never loved before, in the place that I adore, in my hideaway. I know whichever way the wind may blow, there will be a place for me to go in my hideaway. My hideaway. Sticks and stones I won’t hide from you no more. And in time I find what I’ve been searching for. Heard your voice calling out to me. I’m on my way to where I can be free. And if she won’t wait for me,
do it right, don’t look back, keep my heart on the future. On the soles of my shoes
all the places I’ve been that I’ve known since I knew her. ‘Cause it’s you, don’t you know
that you’re making me guess that you’re the one for me. That it’s you that I guess
that I wanted to know all along. Girl, it’s you that I want,
that makes me complete, cause you’re the one for me. It’s thanks to you that I guess
that I want you to know I belong. One, two, three, four, five. (Applause) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause) Thank you. Thanks so much. Thank you guys. Kelly Stoetzel: OK, Jacob. Wow. OK, we have some questions.
JC: OK. KS: That was spectacular. JC: Thank you, Kelly. Thank you. KS: Those
visualizations we just saw, those were happening in real time, yeah? JC: Yeah, so everything visual takes cues from things which are audial,
or something, if that’s a word, and so everything is real time. I cue the loops, I play the instruments and then the tree, for example,
that you saw grow, grows in such a way
that it takes low long notes and grows thick long branches, and it takes high, quiet notes, whatever,
and then it grows thin, small branches. And then my singing voice sort of blows wind against the tree. KS: So you’re 22 years old.
JC: Yes, indeed. Moderator: You played
all of that by yourself. How did you get started
and how did this all evolve? JC: I have this magical room in my house in North London,
which is, like, over there. (Cheers) Thank you. Represent North London. And this room —
I mean, this is my family home. I grew up in this room
filled with musical instruments, but most importantly, I had a family who encouraged me
to invest in my own imagination, and so things I created, things I built
were good things to be building just because I was making them,
and I think that’s such an important idea. But this room was
my paradise, essentially, and when I came to tour my album,
which is called “In My Room,” I thought I’d try and tour
the room on the road, and that’s quite a strange idea, but it’s something that I’ve been
working on for a couple of years, and it’s quite exciting
to be inside the circle. KS: So this is really
like the setup in your room, here. JC: It kind of is.
It’s similar to the room in the sense that I can
generate things on the spot and I can be spontaneous, which is what I think both music
and all of the best ideas are all about. KS: So you won two Grammys for a record that you made
in your room by yourself. And how is that even possible?
We couldn’t have done that, that couldn’t have happened
five years ago even. JC: It’s a brand new world. The power is now
in the hands of the creator, as I’m sure you guys would agree, as opposed to the big
record company executive or the big man or something like that. It’s somebody with a good idea. Here I am at TED saying this
to you guys who know this already, but it’s somebody with a good idea
who can sow that seed. That’s the person who carries
the torch into the world. And yeah, I made this album
completely on my own and I didn’t wait for somebody to say, “Hey Jacob, you should
make an album on your own.” I just went ahead and made it
and I didn’t mind what people thought, and two Grammys is a massive bonus. (Applause) KS: Thank you so much, Jacob.
JC: Thanks, Kelly. Thanks so much. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “A one-man musical phenomenon | Jacob Collier”

  1. Josh Stirling says:

    really wished he just sat and played the piano instead of jumping around playing the guitar and bass to an okay standard. not for me. can appreciate it for sure but would just prefer him to sing and play piano/keyboard. Other stuff is too distracting and don't think it adds anything

  2. swaggysam says:

    Fit is so good

  3. Shango Sankofa says:

    Jacob Collier, a massive bonus to my eargasm!!! Thank you for inspiring so fluidly! Awesomeness!!!

  4. Pingijno says:

    I just felt like I had a major acid trip

  5. Danny Amaro says:

    Fake Azz Reggie Watts!!!!!!!

  6. ConzoplaysMario says:

    And now I’d like to introduce the rest of the band.

  7. Achenar Myst says:

    5:38 Anyone noticed that Jacob outlined a deeply human philosophical framework in just 30 seconds. 🙏

  8. Broski says:

    and this has 600k views on a channel that has 15m subs, not cool

  9. Mattremot says:

    50,000 didgeridoos!

  10. Christopher says:

    Definition of talent

  11. Sven Bartenev says:

    OMG did i just find a missplay by the actual jacob??? min 11:20 the bass riff … now i like him even more 😀

  12. Evan M. says:

    Jack of all instruments, master of… all…

  13. Jamie Stainer says:

    I love his music, but I find his voice, though incredible, to be really annoying!

  14. Old_Time_Fun_With_Disney says:

    No offense but I dislike the style of music that he plays in and "sings" in

  15. Jamfjr says:

    At 2:29 it gets really dramatic with all of these effects, and I'm so curious of how I could replicate a similar, large dramatic sound like that

  16. Carlos de Lima says:

    serio muito massa

  17. Terry Trujillo says:

    Did not enjoy any second of that…

  18. OfficiallyEdi says:

    Jacob is the real life embodiment of my love for music.

  19. George Gividen says:

    Jacob Collier has you all punked into thinking he makes good music.

  20. Grant Ballard says:

    This is how I feel when I’m the only barista in the shop during the daily rush

  21. geseki says:

    everyone: wow that was a great performance

    me: wow how much did all of those instruments cost

  22. egg says:

    i like to think those are his pyjamas and this is just his morning routine

  23. tiffanymriley9 says:

    Imagine a Jacob Collier & Masego collab 🤯

  24. Stickman Cartoons says:

    What a great band!

  25. RyyyMyyy says:

    Does anyone know how he triggers loops he hasn't just recorded? I've seen him using loop pedals, but I'm wondering if he has a loop trigger in his in ear monitor?

  26. Red Raptor says:

    Goodness his voice is deep

  27. Matcamp25 says:

    he looks like a child in disneyland when hes playing

  28. Marlene Dietrich says:

    all the commenter who say they respect him for his genius but doesn't like the music itself must not have functioning ears or hearts

  29. Walker Whitley says:


  30. Ryan Henry Dean says:

    I don’t get what’s happening. Some of it is a recording right? Because he’ll record a loop but then the loop will be different later is there an audio guy doing it?

  31. Garrett Weldon says:

    Yay! An actually interesting TED video with one of my favorite musicians!

  32. Danny Byun says:

    11:19 i jizzed. 11:34 i jizzed again. TT

  33. JM says:

    TED, you forgot the TALK part!

  34. 二十七十 says:

    I wonder what is going inside's Jacob's mind

  35. Alternative_Piccolo says:

    so talented…. i am lost for words

  36. WindSolarHydroHuman says:

    This guy .. dayum 😎

  37. David Helmer says:

    I like Jacob and his music a lot but I wish he wouldn't be so (and I hate this word) preachy when talking about music.

  38. Vinay Seth says:

    musically gifted keanu reeves

  39. sanny daley says:

    Lols I love how rushed his little speech was… It's like he could nt wait to be finished with it so that he could get back to the instruments

  40. LyricV says:

    who can downvote this?

  41. Kubed Kardist says:

    Jacob Collier has breathed new life into me and i routinely watch all of these videos like TED or his lectures and breakdowns and grammy acceptance and him just jamming in the yamaha video but the first I ever heard of the man was on my samsungs generic phone ringtone I thought he was some smooth jazz black dude the power of his voice is amazing

  42. John Githae says:

    Did Jacob just improvise the whole snarky puppy part of on my way💀💀💀?

  43. Wolfgang Fahr says:

    If this is an alien. Welcome on earth.

  44. M. A. Fraticelli says:

    He should become a street musician. I see no content in this one-man project and the overall result is horrendous, without mentioning Jacob gives the general impression of being empty and at odds with himself. Typical of his kin.

  45. CHEDDA says:

    dont like his voice

  46. Isaac Huetter says:

    420 dislikes. Nice.

  47. Vildheten says:

    Awsome seeing a real genius! Amazing!

  48. George-Ovidiu Stoica says:

    I would give two fingers for this guy to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar on an experimental jazz hip hop album

  49. Mung Bean says:

    This guys music is no bueno.

  50. GuitarBasement says:

    Musician's guide to staying humble: Watch this video. Repeat daily (or watch any other Jacob Collier video).

  51. Alec Percy says:

    Jacob took all the crack for this performance hahahaha

  52. Russell Robertson says:

    who's here 2 years later when jacob is shouting this out on instagram

  53. Alexandre Santana says:


  54. Deeper Live says:

    it sucks ! I have a oppen mind but that is a intellectual masturabating guy

  55. Daniel Morrison says:

    It's like Alison Moyet on steroids!

  56. guitar on sky says:

    Very nice words from Jacob. The genius, musician, innovator, and the Beethoven of today's era.

  57. aspiring prod says:


  58. Garrett Weldon says:

    If anyone is wondering what guitar he is playing, he is playing a Takamine GD11M G11 Series Mahogany Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar.

  59. Alex Bazo Montoya says:

    imagine a Jacob Collier x FKJ collab

  60. James Hall says:

    Thank goodness! Music does have a future.

  61. VICTOR KARO says:

    such a gifted human

  62. Brian Morrow says:

    Following in the footsteps of Reggie Watts……….

  63. Diego Megi says:

    Jacob is one of those musicians we will remember for the ages.

  64. Jeremiah Glover says:

    Bill Wurtz in real time.

  65. Raúl Huapaya says:

    August Rush he is

  66. Riannie Fane Ambid says:

    I love him already

  67. melancholiac says:

    A quantum physicist walks into a bar and says, "Anyone who thinks they understand Jacob Collier, doesn't understand Jacob Collier".

  68. Dylan Vieler says:

    Jacobs cool and all but imagine watching this whole thing

  69. Discoloured Buttflaps says:

    for people who don't know or appreciate who he is and what he does – Jacob is someone who attracts the respect if not outright worship from actual talented musicians. so it's understandable not every mundane soul gets him.

  70. Jack PadThai says:

    I’d love to witness Jacob compose music for an emotional anime series like your lie in April

  71. Kenny Pedraza Rivera says:

    What song did he just play?!?!?

  72. Rob says:

    Everyone should also check out Reinhardt Buhr and Juzzie Smith, they too are amazing one man bands and I actually think they are better but that's just my opinion

  73. Jason Ito says:

    Dam🅱️ I actually wanted a ted talk from him but instead I got more raw Jacob jazz brain and like 3 minutes of talking

  74. ulla wihlstrand says:

    Otrolig musiker !!!!

  75. Alejandra De María says:

    se encarajinó un poco a los 2 minutos…

  76. WestCoastFoo WithSomeSkill says:

    His Harmony took away my physical pain I love his genius

  77. Joshua Harris says:

    jacobs music is like weirdly good. like he uses notes that shouldn’t make sense and rhythms that shouldn’t make sense but somehow he makes them work

  78. Jacob Padgett says:

    this wasn't really a talk

  79. The Weird Side says:

    Here's how I see it: Take your favorite song.. now speed it up to only a few seconds long… is that music? Does it sound good? The pitch is perfect, the timing perfect, but it sounds like noise. It sounds like a washing machine full of silverware and bowling balls! ..I'm not saying he doesn't have skill , he clearly does. But sometimes less is more. Also, his voice is very strange…super breathy/gorilla-like. He might be hitting the right notes, but it doesn't sound great.

  80. Jackyjess says:

    Wait, I just read some peoples comments saying that they didn't like this music… I didn't even know it was possible not to absolutely love it! Y'all basics

  81. Rodrigo Insfran says:

    Didn't even sound good

  82. 111 222 says:

    Джэйкоб – ты красавчик!)

  83. Tomas Schiappacassi says:

    This guy must have some real good contacts

  84. dimitreze says:

    just a gimmick

  85. mrplease66 says:

    a one-man Mother of Invention

  86. Jeromegrant Johns says:

    it's like I'm seeing a unicorn.. this young man is a real life "Musical Genius"" that is a gift from God you are witnessing , it only comes along once in a life time… enjoy before the underworld in the music business get's a hold of him..

  87. lyth Mashni says:

    he is very talented and his music is tasteless, boring and emotionless.

  88. Allistair Cox says:

    what was that audio effect at 04:30?

  89. BOb Dylan says:

    jesus christ

  90. NOA SCHOMBERG says:

    I love his energy

  91. Cancerous Ebola says:

    Area 51 is missing their best musician

  92. Admin M14 says:

    I guess you guys aren't ready for that yet… But your kids are gonna love it

  93. Samuel Naidu says:

    He's the Rain Man of music. One day his brain is just gonna explode

  94. Devanshu M Sharma says:

    The Monk who sold his Ferrari.

  95. Brianna C82 says:

    He must practice over 40 hrs a day

  96. Kev Durr says:

    Musically, without a question, he's a control freak.The music is a bit too "soft jazz" for me though. However, I do respect his musicianship and he seems like a nice dude.

  97. Moises Oliveira says:

    The guitar was in 432hz ????

  98. Sal Saia says:


  99. Ferdinand Herrmann says:

    my last brain cell on the math exam

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