Jacoby Shaddix

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Birth name Jacoby Dakota Shaddix
Also known as Coby Dick
Dakota Gold
Jonny Vodka
John Doe
Mr. Dick
Born Template:Birth date and age
Mariposa, California, U.S.
Genre(s) Alternative rock, Alternative metal, Post-hardcore, Hard rock, Nu metal, Rapcore
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1993 - Present
Label(s) Dreamworks, Geffen, Vitamin, El Tonal
Associated acts Papa Roach
Fight the Sky
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Radio shack megaphone

Jacoby Dakota Shaddix (born July 28, 1976, in Mariposa, California) is the lead singer of the alternative rock band Papa Roach.

Early life

Shaddix went to Vacaville High School in Vacaville, California. He has two brothers, Bryson and Trevor. His parents divorced in 1982 when Jacoby was six. He has a small degree of ADHD. He worked as a janitor in his younger years. He played the clarinet and was into football as a kid. He married his highschool sweetheart, Kelly. Once he bought a bass guitar and a week after he bought it, the bass was stolen.

Personal Life

Jacoby is married to Kelly Shaddix who he has been married to for 9 years.Together they have 2 sons, Makaile Cielo Shaddix born March 24, 2002 and Jagger Shaddix born September 13, 2004.

Music career

Some of his influences are: Motley Crue, Faith No More, Social Distortion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, MC5, Stone Temple Pilots and Fugazi. His two favorite movies are Memento and The Blair Witch Project and his favorite books include 'The Power of Now' and 'Days of War, Nights of Love'.

Papa Roach

A founding member of Papa Roach, Shaddix has been the lead singer since 1993. The Band hit MTV with the release of their song "Scars" based on an accident Shaddix was involved in.

Fight the Sky

Shaddix is also working on a side project in the post-hardcore band, Fight the Sky, where he originally used the name John Doe.

Other projects

He was previously working as the host for MTV's Scarred, but is no longer doing so.


Shaddix has many tattoos; one of which, reads "Here Lies Jacoby Dakota Shaddix" and, at the bottom of the scroll, "Born With Nothing, Die With Everything". Another one at the top of his chest that says BORN TO ROCK." His neck bears the Chinese character for "love", which he explained in an edition of MTV Cribs that featured his home. He also has tattoos on both of his hands. His right hand says "love", and his left hand says "hate". He and his wife also have matching star tattoos on their right ears.

Personal problems

Shaddix has admittedly taken part in self-mutilation, which is completely unrelated to the incident in Las Vegas hospital where he had to have 11 staples put into his head (from which the song "Scars" originates).[1] He has also struggled with alcohol addiction during his career,[2] But now he is, according to himself, clean and sober.Template:POV-statement


Shaddix also goes by the pseudonyms Coby Dick (used on the Infest album) and Jonny Vodka but he only used Coby Dick until 2001. He also calls himself Dakota Gold.

LiveDaily Interview: Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach

To say Papa Roach singer Jacoby Shaddix is excited about his band's forthcoming album, "Metamorphosis," would be an understatement. During a recent interview with LiveDaily, he let the expletives fly--in a good way--and had more energy than a football player after a Super Bowl win.

"We're just going to annihilate the country before our rock-'n'-roll record comes and drops on the masses," said Shaddix, whose band embarked on a tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry and Saving Abel Jan. 28.

"We make a f---ing club feel like an arena and we make an arena feel like a club. That's the kind of band we are. We get our audience really involved in our set and we just try to make a fever pitch of energy to where people just feel exhausted after they see us play live. We want people to forget about time when they see us live. We want to play in front of people for an hour and a half and they thought we only played 45 minutes because they're just lost in it. That's the goal for our band. We're at a level where we've never been. It's f---ing explosive."

California-based Papa Roach is touring in support of "Metamorphosis," which is due to hit stores March 24. He said the band--which also includes guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and new drummer Tony Palermo--named the collection such because Papa Roach is continually "evolving."

"It's always evolving and pushing our music into new places, new territories, new sounds and this is the new metamorphosis, a change for Papa Roach," Shaddix said. "We got a new drummer. That was a change. We went in and sat down and said we wanted to make our rock record of the decade. How do we do this? We just had to make the boldest, strongest music that we possibly could. This is the record. This is it. This is who we are and what we are right now."

Shaddix took the time to talk to LiveDaily about the song "I Almost Told You," WWE "Raw" selecting the cut "…To Be Loved" as its theme song, and winning over Iron Maiden fans.

LiveDaily: I love the song "I Almost Told You." It's so raunchy.

Jacoby Shaddix: It's definitely a little raunchy. It's for the brass poles. I want that one to be played in the strip clubs. It would be cool, too, for that one to have a remix for the dance clubs, too. It's got a little bit of a club romp to it. You can dance to it. It's got a little bit of a party vibe, which I think is fun for this record. I've never written lyrics like that--filthy, nasty, fishhook-type lyrics. It's kind of breaking down that wall inside my heart and being able to just let the inner pervert shine. It's fun. I mean, we're sexual beings. That's just it. It's a big part of my life.

Are you going to play "I Almost Told You" on the Buckcherry A7X tour? What other songs are you going to preview, if so?

We'll probably drop two or three new songs--"Hollywood Whore," "Lifeline," and we played "I Almost Told You" on Cruefest during the summer and that went over really well. We might drop that one. That's a fun one. "Change or Die" is another song that we really like to play, too.

As the first song on the album, "Change or Die" really sets the tone.

It's like, "All right. Let's fight. Let's get crazy. Let's go f---ing nuts." That song's like the battle cry for the record. "It's on." That was the neat thing about this record. We wanted to sequence this record correctly. It goes "Change or Die," "Hollywood Whore" into "I Almost Told You." It's almost like a reckless, s----talking, slutty record in the beginning. After that, we just take you deep. That just scratches the surface until you go underneath. The record just keeps f---ing going and going. It has twists and turns and ebbs and flows and it's a very dynamic record. I really think our fans are going to dig this one. The guitar riffs are f---ing superb on this record. Our guitar player just went nuts on this one. I was so impressed.

What was the songwriting process like for "Metamorphosis"?

We went in and we went back to the [Hollywood mansion/recording studio the] Paramour and set up our equipment and just said, "All right. Let's see what we got." We went in and started jammin', and then we started going into all Tobin's riffs and the songs on [the computer program] Garage Band that he did on the road and pulling pieces and parts from that. Such a mass volume of music at once it was intimidating for me as a lyricist. I was like, "Holy s---. This is f---ing mountain sized and this is just getting started." It was inspiring but it was also a daunting task. I had 16 songs in front of me, and they're like, "All right. Cool. Where's the lyrics?" I’m like, "All right. Let's go." I just f---ing went at it, went to town, broke down all the walls inside myself and just let it all out. I mean, no reserve.

That must have been a daunting task.

F---in' dude, it just makes me f---ing weak. It makes me vulnerable. Then it also connects me, ultimately. When this is all said and done, it's kind of cliche to say it, but this band, this music, these lyrics, this melody is my lifeline to the world. This is how I’m connected to people. This is what makes me human. This is what makes me a person. This is what gives me the opportunity to give back to the flow of life, through this music. It's crazy, because our music connects with people on a real-life level, which f---in' wigs me out. But then, it's like, I shouldn't be surprised because I’m writing songs about my life or people's lives around me. Music is the soundtrack to life.

Speaking of soundtracks, you've formed quite the alliance with the WWE.

They love that s---. They play the f---ing tar out of "... To Be Loved." Every Monday night, that s--- was banging. That song was so big on there that we did a tour in Europe with Iron Maiden and all the metalheads in Germany love the WWE. When we showed up, we started playing "... To Be Loved" and the crowd went f---ing crazy. I was like, "Holy s---. Iron Maiden fans are f---ing losing it to Papa Roach right now, singing this f----ing song." I didn't know it was a hit over there, but it was crazy because WWE made it a hit. The metalheads were like, "Oh ya. It's good Papa Roach." That was a f----in' trip.

  1. ^ Montgomery, James & D'Angelo, Joe. "Papa Roach Ready To Take Their Rock Anthems On The Road" MTV.com (October 12, 2004).
  2. ^ McLennan, Scott. "Living a rock 'n' roll fantasy" Telegram.com (November 5, 2006).