"I use music as a means of shifting our experience of reality and inspiring the human imagination."
Jonathan Jacobs is a multi-dimensional artist, entertainer, and writer whose work focuses on the way music can shift people’s experience of reality and inspire the human imagination.
Through artfully choreographed performance and spectacle, his alter-ego, The Vintage DJ, initiates audiences into the transformative power of music from other times and places, creating an immersive experience like time travel.
As a writer and teacher, Jonathan offers an invigorating and mindful approach to the practice of listening to music. His “Nostalgia Therapy” teaches us to inhabit our music on a deeper level in order to shift consciousness. Using music from the past, we can catalyze personal creativity and transform our experience of reality now.
Jonathan’s alter-ego, The Vintage DJ, is a super-hero-like character who uses music to unlock people's imagination and create personalized time-travel, musicological and mythological experiences. Armed with twin tube-powered classroom record players and only original vinyl, The Vintage DJ spins a mouth-watering selection of mid-twentieth century Jazz, Latin, Soul, R&B, Rock ’n’ Roll and much more. The experience is empowering, fun, and sometimes a little bit trippy.
Bucking the traditional stereotypes of music for meditation, Nostalgia Therapy is an immersive practice that involves mindfully listening to music from a time you did not live through to transcend present reality, shift consciousness, unlock the imagination and excavate creativity. Jonathan facilitates the practice in small groups such as dinner parties, brainstorming sessions in the workplace and other scenarios where participants might benefit from a mind opening journey or creative shift.
Jonathan's work focuses on the relationship between music and nostalgia and their effect on the imagination. He is particularly interested in how they can enable creative self-expression and provide a context to irreverently excavate personal desires, goals and fears. For Jonathan, music is the key to unlocking the imagination and he frequently collaborates with artists, writers and other practitioners to develop brand new creations for an audience inspired by music, often a single song (Inspired by a Song). Created works include literature, short films, theater and dance spectacles. Jonathan has written and collaborated on several screenplays, plays and short films and can be hired to consult on film scores and soundtracks. His period of expertise covers Twentieth Century music from the 1920s through the 1970s.