ARTIST BIO: Hailing from a city just 40 miles outside of Chicago named Aurora –known mostly for its advances in streetlight technology– Marco Jacobo (aka Maker) has spent the past 12 years honing his production talent, releasing a barrage of albums/45s/remixes, and spending a lion’s share of his non-studio time on the road.
But despite all this, you may not have heard his name mentioned until recently. Emerging from the vital Chicago underground Hip-Hop community of the late 90s, his role as producer naturally kept him behind the scenes, tweaking levels and digging for ‘breaks,’ yet fans quickly began to associate hard, organic drums and deftly chopped/arranged dusty samples with ‘The Sound of Maker.’
In the recent past, Maker has had the opportunity to perform alongside such notable, internationally-known artists like Pharcyde, DeLa Soul, Masta Ace, Prince Paul, Little Brother, Mike Relm, Mos Def, J Live, MF Doom, Cage, Killah Priest, Mr. Dibbs, 2Mex, Sixtoo, Blockhead, Shapeshifters, and many others with tour routes spanning the US, Europe, and Japan. In 2010, Maker became the 1st non-Stonesthrow artist to have a featured release on the label. His ‘Maker vs. Now-Again’ library album quickly sold out it’s 1st pressing and following this success, Maker was tapped for an exclusive Freddie Gibbs remix on Stonethrow’s Innovative Leisure imprint.
But being a producer is only one result of Maker being a self-described ‘crate digger.’ After spending countless hours amongst piles and piles of dusty 45s, 12inch singles, and LPs, it became a natural evolution for Maker to begin DJing. Maker’s DJ residencies have found him performing alongside artists like Pete Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, Steinski, Chicken George, Andy Smith of Portishead, Greyboy, DJ Day, D-Styles, Z-Trip, Peanut Butter Wolf, & Chairman Mao at nearly every trendy, low-fi, and/or large scale concert venue from Chicago to the West Coast.
As a Live PA artist, Maker has performed varying selections of his compositions with such renowned artists like: Blu, Exile, Opus, DiVinci (Sollilaquists of Sound), Joey Beats, Boom Bip, Daedelus, Mr. Dibbs, Edit (Glitch Mob), Gaslamp Killer, D-Styles, & Daddy Kev.