Originally from Bloemfontein in the Free State, Jaco moved to Cape Town in 2013. His interest in the performing arts goes back to 2005 when he enrolled for his Certificate in technical aspects of the theatre at the University of the Free State. Following his studies, Jaco worked as freelance theater technician over the next two years. In 2008 Jaco enrolled at the Odeion School of Music (University of the Free State), completing his Magister Musicae degree cum laude in 2014. Jaco is currently teaching courses in Practical musicianship and Singing technique at the Waterfront Theater School. He has been involved in many theater productions and cabaret acts in various capacities as music director, vocal coach, pianist, and guitarist. He is also active as freelance composer and arranger.