We caught up with Jesse Marco to chat new music, inspo and NYC’s Living Room Sessions…
How would you describe your sound?
Somewhere between hiphop and dance music. Soulful.
What does a day in the life of Jesse Marco look like?
Well if I’m on the road, it’s always different. Usually making music or organizing my sets on a plane, and then trying to get a good work out or meal in before the gig. After the gig, wake up and do it over again. The workout really helps in terms of stamina.
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
Well probably after I got my first drum machine, because I was a DJ first. And then that naturally led to producing, seeing guys like DJ Premier or just Blaze with the mpc.
Who inspires you?
Mark Ronson, Just Blaze, Djam , Swizz Beats, Laidback luke, Araab Muzik, Jazzy Jeff, A Trak.
What did you listen to growing up?
I listened to a lot of different kinds of music, but it definitely started out being a fan of a lot of rock and alternative stuff – Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, Oasis, born in the 80’s and being a kid in the 90’s, and then came hiphop which would just change my entire world, Wu tang clan, Krs One, Biggie, and then came Daft Punk and Cold Cut, Fat boy slim and DJ/club music. Moby was big for me. DJ Shadow too. My mom was big on 80’s stuff so when she gave me her record collection it was all Bowie, Blondie, 80’s shit that I could play out.
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
Recently probably what’s love got to do with by Diana Ross. For a cheesy commercial song I feel like people don’t remember how dope the intro is.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
I dunno if I’ve played it yet. But up until this point i dunno hmmm, maybe opening for Major Lazer, that was super fun.
What are you listening to right now?
That new Sinjin Hawke album is jaw dropping. Liking that as Playboi Carti – the productions on his records are so hypnotic.
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
I think I’ve had a bunch of really cool moments early on especially being around so many talented artists – I’m sure there are others but it was a cool moment when just Blaze called me from a DJ gig – he was playing a more fashion kinda crowd and called me bc he felt like he didn’t know what to play. He’s probably gonna hate that I’m telling you this, so sorry in advance, but I was just so flattered, I mean he’s my idol. I felt like “wow my fucking idol is calling me asking me what I would play if i was djing” – I mean not a huge deal to some but to me it’s like “fuck it’s just fucking Blaze, dude”.
What would your dream festival line-up be?
Michael Jackson, Biggie, The Smiths, Nirvana, Bob Marley
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
If you have the passion for it , take the time to develop your skill. Working in your bedroom on music or DJing or whatever, that’s what it’s about, anyway can have cool style and put two songs together but they don’t last – if you put your soul in it – it lasts.
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
Well I have an album project that will come out hopefully at some point – that’s been in the works for a while on Fools Gold Records. We got held up with a ton of sample issues and industry shit but that’s on the horizon. Lot of cool features on that as well. I’ve recorded more original music as well and that will sort of come after that. We’ve gone and started a new night in NY called Living Room Sessions that’s been going well and we’ve had everyone like Mike will Made It, Rae Stremmerd ,Virgil Abloh, Venus X, Divine Council, Makonnen, Theophilus London come down and play and it’s sort’ve this little platform for new or established DJs or artists to come and catch a vibe and sort’ve take the temperature of the scene. It’s been refreshing and inspiring to see all the new stuff coming out of the city. It’s what keeps me going.
Wanna know more? Follow Jesse on Twitter @JesseMarco