Jakobs Castle (Jakob Nowell) Fuses Old and New in “Time Traveler” Music Video

Jakobs Castle (Jakob Nowell) Fuses Old and New in “Time Traveler” Music Video

Today, Jakobs Castle, passion project of magnetic artist Jakob Nowell (son of late Sublime vocalist Bradley Nowell) shares his new music video titled “Time Traveler (Official Video)” directed by James Wyatt.

Filmed on VHS for a lo-fi vintage feel, it follows Jakob Nowell as he cruises around in a convertible exploring his hometown of Long Beach, California. On a mission to honor the past while harnessing the possibilities of tomorrow, the video is partially animated and incorporates AI to achieve its glitchy, anime inspired visuals.

Released in July 2023, “Time Traveler” was Jakobs Castle’s first single released with Epitaph Records, and the song quickly garnered favor among radio, breaking into the top 50 singles among Alternative Radio Charts. When describing his vision for the video, Jakob explains, 

With this video release I’m hoping to really define the aesthetics of Jakobs Castle. We used classic shots of iconic Long Beach locations like Rose Park, Belmont Shore, the top of Signal Hill, and the Oil Refineries to name a few. I wanted to merge these images with mysterious glitchy internet weirdness and I think director James Wyatt nailed it on all fronts. The whole recipe adds up to a sort of different take on retrofuturism and beach culture all at once.” 

The video’s director, James Wyatt, adds, “All of the animated work was generated frame by frame by AI compiled and data moshed by me. It was a hefty process working with the VHS footage and getting the style right. But once it clicked it immediately made everything tie together. Something old, something new.” 

WATCH “Time Traveler (Official Video)” HERE 

Born into music royalty, there is no denying that Jakob is influenced by his father’s legacy, but Jakobs Castle is anything but a nostalgic rehash. Staying cutting-edge while retaining the keen sense of melody that endeared his father’s music to millions of people all over the world, Nowell’s mission for the band is to “mix California’s past with the fresh mystery of internet underground culture. 

The 28-year-old Nowell got his start playing in the popular Southern California rock act LAW, but Jakobs Castle is an unfiltered version of his personal musical identity which he created alongside producer and co-collaborator Jon Joseph. “I think that Jon was the guy who really helped me discover my sound because I would show him the synth sounds I wanted or what I liked for vocal effects and it became this affected cyber ska weirdness,” Nowell explains. 

Signing to Epitaph is a full circle moment for the musician born into the thriving California punk scene, yet deciding to forge his own musical destiny in a way that’s relevant to today’s generation of listeners. “The tagline I’ve always had for this project is beach meets internet,” Jakob summarizes. “Once you swim in these songs for a while, that description makes perfect sense.” 

Jakobs Castle recently wrapped an extensive fall 2023 tour with Common Kings, which featured performances across the Southwest, Midwest, Northeast and Southeast. The group hits the road again in January 2024 as direct support for G. Love and Special Sauce on the group’s 30th Anniversary Tour.

Jakobs Castle 2024 Tour Dates

W/ G. Love and Special Sauce 

Jan. 11, 2024 – St. Louis, MO – Duck Room At Blueberry Hill 

Jan. 12, 2024 – Chicago, IL – Park West 

Jan. 13, 2024 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line 

Jan. 14, 2024 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom 

Jan. 17, 2024 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark 

Jan. 18, 2024 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue Theatre 

Jan. 19, 2024 – Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues 

Jan. 20, 2024 – Pittsburgh, PA – Thunderbird Café & Music Hall 

Jan. 21, 2024 – Homer, NY – Center For The Arts Of Homer 

Jan. 24, 2024 – Boston, MA – City Winery 

Jan. 25, 2024 – Boston, MA – City Winery 

Jan. 26, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA– City Winery 

Jan. 27, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA– City Winery 

Jan. 30, 2024 – New York, NY– City Winery Hudson River Park 

Jan. 31, 2024 – New York, NY– City Winery Hudson River Park 

Feb. 1, 2024 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage 

Feb. 2, 2024 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage 

Feb. 3, 2024 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton Live 

Feb. 6, 2024 – Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27 

Feb. 7, 2024 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre 

Feb. 8, 2024 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle 

Feb. 9, 2024 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm 

Feb. 10, 2024 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery 

Feb. 13, 2024 – Fort Myers, FL – Point Ybel Brewing Company 

Feb. 14, 2024 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live 

Feb. 16, 2024 – New Smyrna Beach, FL – Beachside Tavern 

Feb. 17, 2024 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room 

Feb. 18, 2024 – Key West, FL – American Legion 

Feb. 29, 2024 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom 

Mar. 1, 2024 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House 

Mar. 2, 2024 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour 

Mar. 3, 2024 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern 

Mar. 5, 2024 – Santa Barbara, CA – Soho Music Club 

Mar. 6, 2024 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent 

Mar. 8, 2024 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater 

Mar. 9, 2024 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox 

Mar. 12, 2024 – Salt Lake City, UT– The State Room 

Mar. 13, 2024 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen 

Mar. 14, 2024 – Steamboat Springs, CO– Strings Music Pavilion 

Mar. 15, 2024 – Fort Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre 

Mar. 16, 2024 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre 

Tickets available at jakobscastle.com.