Jesse's interest in music was sparked when his father and Steve Martinez Sr. rekindled a friendship dating back to their club days at venues such as Paradise Garage. Eventually, as Jesse and The Martinez Brothers ended up growing up close to each other, the group built a friendship heavily centered on music.
Regarding musical influences, "It all goes back to disco," Jesse says, and speaks of his father's love for the genre as a driver behind an "attic full of vinyl" at home which he has been able to draw upon. Jesse also often uses disco as starting points for his productions, and samples regularly off tracks from the genre. The young producer has also cited Robert Hood, Derrick Carter, and Robert Armani as influences. Ultimately, Jesse's productions are marked by a framework of uptempo percussion, shaped by dark distorted bass lines that add dimension and groove.
2015 has already been a busy year for Jesse. His tracks “Serving Size” and “Whatever Right Now” appear on the Tuskegee “The Come Up Vol 1” EP. He completed a mix-tape style album with The Martinez Brothers and Blas Cordero under the alias Masters At Dutch. He is also part of the Soundview collective with The Martinez Brothers and Phil Moffa. Both tracks on this double-sided Tuskegee EP called The Method (“Do You Miss Brooklyn” and “Nex Generation”) were staples of The Martinez Brothers’ sets throughout the summer. “The Incoming” a four tracker EP is next up on The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint.
His DJ performances for 2015 include Output (New York), Acid Future at Tobacco Docks (London), Circoloco at DC10 (Ibiza) and forthcoming Movement Festival (Puerto Rico), Verboten (New York). He will also be one of the residents at Cuttin’ Headz events as it diversifies in 2016. Read more