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“A long and winding road” might be an apt description of the path Scott Jacoby ’93 has taken to reach his current position as owner of SCOJAC Music Productions and founder of Eusonia Records in New York City.


A lifelong musician, Jacoby decided early on that music would be his avoca- tion, not his vocation. As a psychology major, his music stayed “in the back- ground.” He spent his junior year in Kenya and Tanzania, considered an aca- demic career, then studied for and got into Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Even there, he wrote songs, plinking away on a Steinway grand in the auditorium. He soon realized he wanted to pursue music in a big way. He spent the next year doing research by day and producing music by night, and then left med school for a job that paid him just enough to live while he honed his musical chops as well as his production and engineering skills in his home studio. When his first album failed to get picked up, he saw that his fu- ture lay not in front of the microphone, but behind the mix board. Today Jacoby’s career looks to be more of a straight line, rocketing upward. As a Grammy-winning producer, he’s in de-


mand at the major labels; he has his own production company and recording stu- dio; and he launched his own label, Euso- nia Records, in 2007. He’s written songs and produced artists across many genres of music for albums, film, and television. His productions have gone international, topping the charts in France, Japan, and South Africa. He’s worked with John Leg- end, Laura Izibor, Vanessa Hudgens, Natu- rally 7, Fabolous, Vivian Green, and more. He even won a “best comedy al - bum” Grammy in 2006 for his engi- neering of Lewis Black’s The Carnegie Hall Performance. Under his Eusonia label he’s producing


“EUSONIA IS DEDICATED


TO CREATING ... TIMELESS, ARTIS- TIC, TREND-SETTING MUSIC, REGARDLESS OF RESTRICTIVE GENRES, CATEGORIES AND RADIO FORMATS.”


newcomer sensation Maiysha, whose sound is described as “sultry, seductive, progressive R&B.” Her first Eusonia re- lease, This Much is True, earned a Grammy nomination in 2009—an amazing accom- plishment for the new artist and the new label. In defining the Eusonia label, Jaco- by took his insipiration from early models such as the Motown and Atlantic labels. The Eusonia mission statement sets the bar pretty high: “Amidst a crumbling


monolith formerly known as the record business, and an infinite landscape of dis- posable, indistinguishable artists and al- bums, Eusonia is dedicated to creating and releasing timeless, artistic, trend-set- ting music, regardless of restrictive genres, categories and radio formats.” With a full calendar and an ambitious agenda, Jacoby can’t do it alone. Luckily, he’s got Alex Bilowitz ’07, who started as one of the many young Skidmore in- terns Jacoby has taken on over the years. Shortly after graduation, in an act of brazen chutz-


pah, Bilowitz sat Jacoby down and told him why he needed to hire him. Which Jacoby did. Now, says Jacoby, “He’s truly a part of the studio, the label, my life. He’s very loyal. He’s like my third brother.” As vice president of Eusonia Records and sec- ond in command at SCOJAC, Bilowitz runs day-to-day operations for the label— for example, he says,“the logistics of get- ting the band together for shows, setting recording times, and getting together with the artists to write.”


Bilowitz also assists with production. He says, “I share a lot of the editing work, like vocals, making beats, the getting- your-hands-dirty part of making a song.” And he’s developing his own production career: “Scott mentors me in that process; he feeds a lot of work to me.” Bilowitz also cites the vibrant Skidmore music community in New York City: “I’ve been getting lots of referrals and work from my Skidmore peers.” With their nascent, hands-on Eusonia label garnering international attention and a Grammy nomination, Jacoby and Bilowitz are emerging as prescient pio- neers, in tune with the rapidly evolving music industry. Sounds like a straight shot to multiplatinum careers. —Jon Wurtmann ’78


GRAMMY-WINNING RECORD PRODUCER SCOTT JACOBY ’93 IN HIS SCOJAC STUDIOS


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JOE LAWTON


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