Artist-to-Watch Jacob Summers of Avid Dancer Admits He's in a Constant State of Musical Discovery

October 3, 2014 9:37 PM

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Artist-to-Watch Jacob Summers of Avid Dancer Admits He's in a Constant State of Musical Discovery

We've all heard the story before: a kid is raised in a super strict religious household and grows up to kill it in the music industry. It happened to Kings of Leon and it happened to Katy Perry. But what sets Avid Dancer's Jacob Summers apart (aside from him being fairly new to the scene) is his genuine unabashed enthusiasm for not only his own music (which brings to mind a low-key '70s beach rock movie), but for the music around him. Raised in a very strict Christian household, Summers didn't grow up idolizing MTV and learning the chords to whatever pop hit was blasting on the radio at the time--he didn't even have the Internet. It wasn't until his late teens that he branched out into secular music, meaning that he still finds himself in a constant state of musical discovery. He grew up, joined the Marines, became a champion drumline dummer, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his own music--which was constantly getting compared to bands he had never heard of, like The Kinks.

If you Google Avid Dancer, you'll find some Internet hype surrounding his first single Stop Playing With My Heart and some choice details about his life (including touring with several big-name artists like Hamilton Leithauser, Kopecky Family Band, Cold War Kids, and Warpaint), but you won't really ...

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