Teen Jabob Hertz produces, plays his ax on six tracks of wax
“It was mainly just for fun and to show people what I can do,” says Westwood’s Jacob Hertz, about his first-ever musical release last month, a cover album titled Jacob and Skit: Three Years Later.
Hertz and his guitar teacher, Skot Veroczi — who played bass and back-up guitar on the tracks — talked about recording the album for three months before they did it. After Hertz chose the covers he wanted to play, he and Veroczi blazed through the recording process in just two, eight-hour days at the end of summer.
The album kicks off with a cover of Statesboro Blues by the Allman Brothers. Hertz then riffs his way through A Day in the Life by The Beatles, gives a riveting rendition of Cause We Ended as Lovers by Stevie Wonder, accomplishes a guitarist’s dream in Castles Made of Sand by Jimi Hendrix, goes into some jazz with So What by Miles Davis, and shows a softer side by finishing with Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.
“Those are some songs I’ve been working on over the years for school projects that I was just really interested in because of the guitar that’s on them,” says Hertz, who really shines on the album when it’s just him and his guitar rocking out during solos. “I was inspired by Hendrix and Jeff Beck, and the Allman Brothers are just fun to play.”
“It was mainly just for me and also to get my music out there,” he says.
Surprisingly, Hertz says that while he’s passionate about playing music, it’s just a hobby. Despite his obvious talents, he doesn’t desire the risks of being a professional musician.
He didn’t even apply to music colleges.
“I do it for myself and for personal enjoyment,” he says. “I don’t think a musical life later on would be as enjoyable.”
His ambition is to become a marine biologist — specifically, a physical oceanographer.
This doesn’t mean that Hertz plans to stop playing. He especially loves donating his talents to charity. Two years ago, he collaborated with Children’s Hospital in a fundraiser where he hosted a battle of the bands at the Dedham Community Theatre.
Outside of music, Hertz plays lacrosse and skis.
“Jacob uses music to express himself,” says Camilla Hertz, Jacob’s mother. “He doesn’t talk a lot, but you hear his voice in his music.”
Jacob and Skit: Three Years Later can be heard for free at jacobhertz.bandcamp.com.Contact Westwood Press correspondent Jasmine Lywen-Dill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow this story on Twitter @WestwoodPress.
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Published in print and online for Wicked Local Westwood – December 15, 2011.