Maker

Real Name:
Marco Jacobo
Profile:
American Hip-Hop DJ, composer, producer, and recording artist, based in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Born: 24 October 1978 in Aurora, Illinois, USA.

MAKER: Hailing from a city just 40 miles outside of Chicago named Aurora –known mostly for its advances in streetlight technology – Maker has spent the past 20 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.’

After collaborating on a short series of underground releases with local artists, his beat-making prowess brought upon the attention of Chicago indie Hip-Hop record labels Birthwrite, and Galapagos4. Beginning with his critically acclaimed debut Honestly (Birthwrite, 2003. “the music leaves an indelible imprint” – rapreviews.com) and immediately segueing into his sophomore solo project Shooting The Breeze (Galapagos4, 2005), the mid-aught’s found Maker establishing a substantial following both within and outside of the Hip-Hop/Downtempo industries. Quality met quantity in a perfect balance as listeners were bombarded with various non-album projects like the limited press 7”s on Bully & Heardrums as well as the 7” series entitled The Maker Files (Shake It, 2007) and his collaborations with Now Again Records Maker vs. Now Again vol1 & Vol 2 (Now Again 2010/2012)

Rewind to 2003. Soon after establishing himself as a Downtempo/Instrumental Hip-Hop powerhouse, Maker strived to incorporate live vocals and turntablism into his creations. The resulting endeavors include his long-running partnership with Qwel on the producer albums The Harvest (Galapagos4, 2004) So Be It (Galapagos4, 2009) Owl (Galapagos4,2010) and Beautiful Raw (Galapagos4,2013)as well as his lead producer role in the Hip Hop group Glue. Consisting of Adeem (two-time Scribble Jam Champion) and DJ DQ (Animal Crackers), Glue released a trio of full-lengths including Seconds Away (Ramona 2003), Sunset Lodge (Shake It, 2005), & Catch As Catch Can (Fat Beats, 2007).

These projects afforded Maker the opportunity to perform alongside such notable, internationally-known artists like Pharcyde, DeLaSoul, Masta Ace, Prince Paul, Little Brother, Mike Relm, Mos Def, MF Doom, Cage, Killah Priest,Raekwon The Chef, Sadat X, Dj Premier,El Da Sensei and many others with tour routes spanning the US,Canada, Europe, and Japan. And specifically, Glue was a featured artist on MTV2 &Fuse.tv and showcased on Van’s Warped Tour.

From a licensing perspective, Maker beats have found their way onto various TV shows, movies, programs etc… like This Silicon Valley(HBO), Hand of God(Amazon), Good Behavior(TNT), White Famous(Showtime), Multiple episodes of CSI, Entourage, motion picture’s such as 21 and Over(2013) The Big Sick(2017), The Last Word (2017),

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.A typical Maker DJ set spans Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Disco, House, Latin, Downtempo, & Breaks, and Maker’s DJ residencies have found him performing alongside artists like Pete Rock, Afrika Bambaataa, Steinski, Andy Smith of Portishead, Greyboy, DJ Day, D-Styles, Z-Trip, Baauer, Peanut Butter Wolf, & Chairman Mao at nearly every trendy, low-fi, and/or large-scale concert venue from Chicago to the West Coast.
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Maker Discography Tracks

Albums

Maker - Honestly album art Maker Honestly (Album) Birthwrite Records US 2003 Sell This Version
Maker - The Harvest album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - The Harvest (Album) Galapagos4 US 2004 Sell This Version
G40025 Maker - The Harvest - Radio Sampler album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - The Harvest - Radio Sampler(CD, Promo, Smplr) Galapagos4 G40025 US 2004 Sell This Version
Maker - Shooting The Breeze album art Maker Shooting The Breeze (Album) Galapagos4 US 2005 Sell This Version
ICF-001 Maker - Glue Pieces Vol.1 (Sounds for Instrumentation) album art DJ DQ & Maker DJ DQ & Maker - Glue Pieces Vol.1 (Sounds for Instrumentation)(LP, Scr) Industrial Carpet Fibers ICF-001 US 2007 Sell This Version
Maker - So Be It album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - So Be It (Album) Galapagos4 US 2009 Sell This Version
none Maker - Graymaker album art Grayskul & Maker Grayskul & Maker - Graymaker(CD, Album) Taxidermy Records none US 2009 Sell This Version
Maker - Owl album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - Owl (Album) Galapagos4 US 2010 Sell This Version
none Maker - Owl Instrumentals album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - Owl Instrumentals(CDr, Album, Dig) Galapagos4 none US 2010 Sell This Version
NAML004 Maker - Maker Vs. Now-Again album art Maker Maker Vs. Now-Again(CD, Promo) Now-Again Records NAML004 US 2010 Sell This Version
FW-1204 Maker - Falcon By Design album art Maker & Joe Beats Maker & Joe Beats - Falcon By Design(LP, Red) Fieldwerk Recordings FW-1204 US 2011 Sell This Version
NAML006 Maker - Maker Vs. Now-Again 2 album art Maker Maker Vs. Now-Again 2(CD) Now-Again Records NAML006 US 2012 Sell This Version
Maker - Beautiful Raw album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - Beautiful Raw (Album) Galapagos4 US 2013 Sell This Version
NAML008 Maker - Maker Vs. Now-Again 3 album art Maker Maker Vs. Now-Again 3(CD, Ltd) Now-Again Records NAML008 US 2016 Sell This Version
none Costume, Vertabreaker, Maker Costume, Vertabreaker, Maker - Wardrobe(CDr, Album) Not On Label (Costume Self-released) none US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Maker - Honestly album art Maker Honestly(12") Birthwrite Records none US 2004 Sell This Version
RR 01 Maker - I Love Tomorrow / Madhouse album art Maker / The Opus Maker / The Opus - I Love Tomorrow / Madhouse(7") Ramona Records RR 01 US 2004 Sell This Version
HD45007 Maker - Engaged Ring / Good Times album art Meaty Ogre / Maker Meaty Ogre / Maker - Engaged Ring / Good Times(7") Heardrums Records HD45007 US 2005 Sell This Version
FU025 Maker - Elephant Strut / Romance album art Maker Elephant Strut / Romance(7", Ltd) Bully Records FU025 Canada 2006 Sell This Version
Shake 754, Shake 755, Shake 756 Maker - Maker Files Vol.  1-3 album art Maker / Joey Beats* / Scott Matelic / RPM* Maker / Joey Beats* / Scott Matelic / RPM* - Maker Files Vol. 1-3(3x7") Shake It! Records, Shake It! Records, Shake It! Records Shake 754, Shake 755, Shake 756 US 2007 Sell This Version
Maker - The Story So Far/Maker Split  album art The Story So Far (2), Maker The Story So Far (2), Maker - The Story So Far/Maker Split (EP) Pure Noise Records USA & Canada 2010 Sell This Version
none Maker - Owl - The Singles album art Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - Owl - The Singles(2xFile, FLAC, Single) Galapagos4 none 2010
none Maker Clocks(File, MP3, Single, 320) Fieldwerk Recordings none 2011
none Qwel & Maker Qwel & Maker - Lunch Money(File, MP3, Single, 320) Galapagos4 none 2011
none Maker - Money Fight EP album art Maker Money Fight EP(5xFile, FLAC, EP) Black Lab Productions, Face Melt none 2012