Hey Jesse, congratulations on the successful release of the album Suitcase Heart. The photos of the cd launch party that are circulating on social media are just amazing! Please can you tell us about the band members who are playing with you. They sound terrific.
Carol - England.
Ya the band is sounding so terrific. Topher Allis is an accomplished drummer in Los Angeles and actually played much of the drums on my first record, ACTS OF PROVIDENCE. Ken Belcher has been playing with me for a bit. He is a friend of Jeremy Silver who I wrote "Shooting Stars" with, and "It's Me Tonight." He recommended Ken because they went to USC music school together. Tyler Carrol, playing bass, is one of the funniest easy goin guys I have met in a band atmosphere. He's Ken's roommate and from Seattle, newly part of the Los Angeles community. David Garner is friends of Keaton Simons who is a tremendous guitar player and songwriter in L.A. My PR, Red Boot Pr, recommended him when I was looking for local keyboard players.
Thanks for asking - I love my band and they've been a truly great source of inspiration. I hope to tour with them very soon when I can afford it.
I think so. I'm generally a happy person with a lot of optimism, but I use my songs to allow my frustrations, fears, and heartbreak to come out. I laugh a lot, and love to be with friends and try to enjoy life... that said, I don't think that necessarily comes across through my music...
That said, I do try to allow my music to represent me as best as possible. That's why I made a humorous video and fun loving song like "NOTHING WRONG WITH A LIL RAIN" and then a more contemplative video with SUITCASE HEART and then a family video with THIS LIGHT. They all show different parts of me. I hope I continue to share that with people and it'll catch on... and allow me to make more songs and release more art into the world.
Hi Jesse! I love each and every single song on Suitcase Heart and cannot seem to pick a favorite; they are all so different and so good! I was wondering, how do you choose which song makes it on an album and which song gets cut?
Whichever ones hit me the hardest. I try to only pick the songs that make me uncomfortable to sing. If I feel scared about releasing that into the world, then I know it's honest... and that's what I'm going for. I keep my fingers crossed that people will like it, and I do my best to make the songs accessible, but at the end of the day I need to be honest to my artistic perspective... and zeroing on that... the best I can. Obviously, producers are great back boards to listen to the songs and help me decide which make the record.
I wish I had written a few Dawes songs. I love Taylor Goldsmith and his songwriting. Time Spent In Los Angeles is a great songs, as well as Coming Back to a Man and If I Wanted Someone.
I think my favorite song is by Jon Brion - RUIN MY DAY. That song has it all for me.
Jesse, you recently posted a series of photos on instagram of you and some guys at a baseball game # Juice. I'm a UK soccer fan so please explain what's the Juice? Is it your team? Do you play, and if so what position do you play?
or is The Juice the team that you follow?
PS I'm also watching Sonic Highway - I didn't think I would like it either...but that Foo Fighter guy is very engaging...I'm at ep 3 Nashville! #LovinIt
Check out www.losjuice.com and you'll see exactly what the JUICE is. :)
Episode 3 Nashville - features Southern Ground studios - that is the same studio that BROKEN FAITH + ONE MORE CALL were recorded at. Sick!
I really love the diversity of the songs on "Suitcase Heart". Sometimes I get a Beatles vibe, sometimes it's a James Taylor or Rufus Wainwright mood and I enjoy it all. My question is: when is your next album due? I'm already looking forward to it!
That's cool. I will be releasing 3 songs over the course of the next 3 months. THIS LIGHT was the first released for the holidays... next will mostly likely be "ALL ON YOU" for Valentines Day which I've already tracked in Nashville... and then shortly after that I hope to release "MOVING PARTS" - one of my favorite new songs that I wrote with Curtis Peoples.
Thanks so much - I hope to make a new record asap.
You know, I don't have many holiday songs that I listen to. I enjoy hearing carolers...and hearing Frank Sinatra singing holiday songs. Hope you enjoyed mine!
I got "When I see your name" as perk and it's my new fave. Such a great tune; so full of angst ! I see that it didn't make it to your album, do you have any plans to release it on an EP because it deserves a release.
Really wish I could make it to your lp launch party, here's hoping Richard Branson gives me a free ticket on one of his planes #VirginAtlantic#Help :)
So glad you like it. In January, I will be releasing ALL ON YOU, MOVING PARTS and THIS LIGHT as an EP for download. This one is just a private perk for now! Go get that ticket!
Hi Jesse, just seen your "60 hours left..." post on FB for your LP fund raising campaign. I'm so anxious! I'm hoping and praying that you reach your goal, because you deserve it. This isn't a question, and you don't need to answer, but I really hope you can get some public support from some artists, eg co -stars!!! / tv people, show runners ;) Just a tweet would be so helpful in publicizing your LP. Artists supporting other artists!
Thank you for your support.