Singer/songwriter Jake Troth recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Troth discussed collaborating with GRAMMY winner Big Boi, the making of his debut album, Double Black Diamond, and the inspiration for "On My Way," a track featured on the album. Troth's set included a performance of his 2010 single "Material Things."
"Double Black Diamond ... is mostly about love and a relationship that didn't work out and how I figured out how to deal with that," said Troth. "It spans from being by yourself and not thinking about love at all to meeting someone and falling in love."
A North Carolina native, Troth cites artists such as Coldplay, Pantera and Joy Division among his many influences. In middle school Troth taught himself how to play guitar and joined a local band, Glass Casket, in high school. Troth recorded music while attending Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, where he eventually caught the attention of local producers, including Atlanta producer Mr. DJ, who introduced one of Troth's songs, "Apple Of My Eye," to GRAMMY-winning rapper Big Boi. Big Boi subsequently included "Apple Of My Eye" on his 2012 album, Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumours, which landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200.
Released on Nov. 5, Double Black Diamond features 11 tracks, including "On My Way," 10 of which were penned solely by Troth. In September Troth's remix of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" premiered in a short film for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.