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Ben Jacobs: Inside the Studio

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Julia Robbins, Staff Writer

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“I like making happy songs,” Ben Jacobs (12) said. While many modern artists produce music in the minor key, Jacobs prefers creating music in the major key out of personal preference, he said. 

Jacobs’ music style is a mix of electronic music and hip hop with inspiration from singers such as Avicii and Zedd, he said. His background in piano has allowed him to use a keyboard to create the chord progressions in his songs, Jacobs said. 

One of the most time-consuming parts of the music production process is looking for new and unique beats to implement in songs, Jacobs said. Some of the more unique noises that he has included in his music are sounds of a ping pong ball dropping and the bark of his dog. 

“I work best personally as a solo artist, but I love helping other people’s projects and giving advice,” Jacobs said. Jacobs sometimes helps his friends Ethan Matt (12) and Arjun Swarup (12) crystallize the levels of instruments in their songs. 

While Jacobs does not collaborate with other students at school on his own songs, he does often collaborate with his camp friends to create his music, he said. On Jacobs’ upcoming album, his camp friends do a lot of the singing, he said. 

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