Jacob Collier: ‘I have so many ideas that I call it ‘creative infinity syndrome’

After forming a choir of 100,000 people and collaborating with everyone from Stormzy to Coldplay, what will the jazz prodigy do next? Spend some time with his mum

“One hundred thousand voices all singing together in harmony – that’s what gets me excited,” Jacob Collier says. “It’s an anthem that has become the soundtrack to my life.”

Seventy dates into his year‑long world tour, the 28-year-old British multi-instrumentalist is surrounded by song. Each night, Collier sits behind the piano and begins playing an undecided and unrehearsed cover to his audience of thousands. He feels his way around the keys without knowing where he will land, eventually settling on a pop standard such as the Bee Gees’ How Deep Is Your Love or Abba’s Dancing Queen and conducting the crowd with his hands in a multilayered choral singalong that ends his two-hour shows.

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