|Born on: 25.07.1984
Alessandro Simone Jacobi (also known as "AJ Simons" or "Jakob") was born in Treviso, Italy, on 25th July 1984.
I. CLASSICAL MUSIC STUDIES (1987-1998)
His first contact with music took place at the age of 3, while his father, who at the time was managing the city theater, used to take him to concerts' backstages and opera rehearsals. The child showed such enthusiastic interest in classical music, that a famous orchestra director advised him to start taking violin lessons as soon as it was feasible for his parents to find an instrument small enough for him.
For the next 15 years, his life became inextricably linked to the classical world of music. After initially having played violin, he switched to piano, then back to violin, playing in concert halls, theaters and entering music competitions all around Italy.
At the age of 5, he started to sing treble and being one of the youngest Italian altos, he had the chance to perform in operas like Bizet's "Carmen", Verdi's "Macbeth" and Berlioz's "Faust", working with legendary directors such as Georges Prêtre and Peter Maag and the renowned actor Glauco Mauri. In 1996, at the peak of his career, he sung in Mozart's "Magic Flute" for two sold out seasons, and in 1997 in Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci". His career ended in 1998 when his voice matured, but he continued his vocal training from the world-famed mezzosoprano Regina Resnik.
II. MODERN MUSIC STUDIES (1999-2006)
While attending high school, at the age of 15 his musical view changed radically. He then decided to pick up an electric bass and the following year he formed his first metal band with some of his friends.
Meanwhile, he kept playing violin at various orchestras, improved his theoretical training and received conservatory degrees in music theory, classical harmony and violin. In 2003 he moved to Milano to focus on university studies.
During the Milano years, he started writing his own material, using "AJ" as monicker for the first time. His first self-released EP, "Working on youth works", was broadcasted on the Italian national radio and paved the way for him for the 2005 final phase of the rock section of Sanremo Festival, which he lost. After recording two more EPs, the project became a real band, playing festivals and winning competitions all around the country.
In that period he was also playing bass with Trioxia, his first band publishing a full length album. The band toured heavily for two years, released two more singles and played in almost every venue in the Milano area, before going their separate ways.
In 2004 he entered the Lizard Modern Music Academy in Padova, playing rock, jazz and fusion under the guidance of Roberto Pascucci (bass player for the popstars Paola & Chiara) as well as studying jazz harmony, composition and aesthetics. He finished the four-year course in two years with outstanding marks.
III. CURRENT PROJECTS (2007-now)
In Summer 2005, he was asked to join the heavy metal band Burning Black. Later that year, he played his last concert as a violinist.
In 2007 Burning Black opened for Udo, Primal Fear, Rage, Linea77 and Bonfire before (!) the release of their first album. "Prisoners of Steel" hit the stores in 2008, acclaimed as a gem of uncompromising heavy metal: the band toured restlessly, opening for the European tour of Circle II Circle, as well as Volbeat, Helstar and various local festivals.
In between all this, he attended the 2008 Summer Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then he graduated in Law, before moving back to his hometown Treviso.
Burning Black released their second album "MechanicHell" in 2009. The song "Purgatory Child" was nominated for the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards. In December 2010 Burning Black opened for the European tour of Lordi, during which they played in front of sold out crowds all over Europe.
In 2011 he formed The Rock Police, a Sting & The Police tribute band (in which he sings and plays bass at the same time), and joined the ranks of The Scarab, a Journey/AOR tribute band. In the same period, he is the very first bass player and the first Italian attending composition lessons at the new Berklee College of Music in Valencia (Spain).
At the end of 2011 he joins the folk/metal band Elvenking for their headliner Italian tour and a European tour with Rhapsody of Fire. He is then confirmed as a full-time member in early 2012, just in time to record their new album.
AJ is currently living, working and teaching in Treviso.