Jacob Pflum’s mother and father have been each into very completely different genres of music as he grew up. It was the progressive rock, he stated, that his father listened to that basically captured his consideration.
“I bear in mind being 9 years previous and my dad placing on Rush’s ‘The Spirit of Radio,’” stated Pflum, who was born and raised in Palm Springs earlier than shifting to Yucaipa eight years in the past. “I used to be immediately hooked by Neil Peart’s strategy to the drumset. As nicely, each of my older siblings have been already enjoying devices, so naturally I needed to maintain up.”
Pflum not solely discovered play drums, but additionally the guitar and bass guitar.
“I even have a heavy obsession with synthesizers, which I bought into in school,” he stated. “Something that makes a bizarre noise I’m there. So I play a little bit of piano as nicely.”
When Pflum was 15, he was identified with the kind one model of Chiari malformation, through which mind tissue extends into the spinal canal creating intense complications, muscle issues and nerve points.
“I began listening to a ton of music whereas simply mendacity round in mattress,” he stated. “It was the one factor on the time that made sense on the earth.”
Pflum defined that he started to grow to be involved in how issues have been recorded and the way sound modifications with completely different gear.
“It took me down a rabbit gap,” he stated.
Whereas nonetheless in highschool, Pflum bought primary recording gear. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in audio engineering from The Artwork Institute.
“I additionally studied drum set below Allen Goodman, who performed timpani on the unique ‘George of the Jungle’ cartoon theme music,” he stated.
Pflum has gone on to take pleasure in success on a number of ranges of the music trade. He was the monitor engineer and assistant tour supervisor for English pop/soul singer Nao on her 2017 United States tour, which included each weekends of that yr’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
It was an opportunity assembly in 2015 that might have long run ramifications for Pflum’s profession. Whereas working as a sound engineer at downtown Riverside’s MTL in 2015, he first heard the group Eva and Vagabond Tales.
“It was so completely different,” he stated. “I beloved it. I by no means skilled or heard a style that Eva created. So naturally, I reached out to attach with Eva. I didn’t start enjoying with them till just a few months later when Eva requested me if I may fill in throughout a gig. They saved me round in the long run.”
Along with enjoying drums for the band, Pflum offers sound gear and engineering. For current releases, he has additionally helped to document different members within the band along with his personal drum components.
“I additionally grasp the audio for many video releases,” he stated. “I used to be additionally concerned in filming the music video for ‘Sea Will Return You.’ Whereas all of the band’s music is written by Eva, I supplied assist for concepts for drum components and producing every time it’s wanted.”
“Rose Coloured Desires” is the band’s newest launch. It was used as a part of comic Erica Rhodes’ latest particular, which got here out April 13, the identical day each the music and music video have been launched.
“The video was principally filmed in September of 2020,” stated Pflum. “A lot of the areas are from the Cherry Valley wildfire that occurred two months prior, which I discovered utilizing burn space maps. The video is essentially the most distinctive one which Eva has completed and I hope the story makes the viewers take into consideration how completely different colours symbolize our feelings.”
Patrick Brien is govt director of the Riverside Arts Council.