The Jesse Tree
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London based singer The Jesse Tree to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Gibraltar and grew up in a family surrounded by musicians, my father being a guitarist and songwriter like me; I guess I followed in his footsteps. There wasn’t a time when I said I wanted to be a musician. I always knew I wanted to do this and it just became a part of my nature.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
As mentioned above, definitely my father played a huge role in influencing me a musician and still does… that was until I discovered John Mayer. Watching John Mayer I finally settled down on the idea that I wanted to be a songwriter who plays guitar and sings. I find a lot of inspiration in U2 and the meaning of their songs and what they stand for. Foo Fighters have always been at the forefront, this is a band that I admire for the simple reason that they always keep true to themselves and nothing else. Lastly and most currently Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have given me great satisfaction and inspiration. Noel has managed to come up with such an awesome, edgy and modern sound that is so far away from the stuff he was doing in Oasis, I really admire that.
How would you describe your sound?
As you can see from my list of influences, I reckon I can describe it as a juxtaposition of all. Guitars very much at the forefront, catchy choruses, intimate lyrics exploring self-discovery and social affairs, energetic, passionate and feel good Rock that grabs your attention and gets your head bobbing.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
‘Tell Me Something’ was released on the 27th September and can be found on all digital music platforms. This song portrays the thoughts of a person who has done wrong to those close to them and admitting their mistake. I was listening to a lot of Biffy Clyro specifically their song ‘Howl’ during the time I wrote this song, I took their powerful and fast-paced choruses as an idea for this song.
What’s your local music scene like?
I am based in London, one of the main cities for music. Starting up bands to the biggest acts in the industry, it’s a tough scene to break especially with so much going on but no harm in trying to break into it and doing your best.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
So the next 12 months will see the release of various singles. Currently no album or EP is in the horizon, I am mainly going to focus on singles, gigs and attempting to build a fan base here in London.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Any of the artists/bands that I mentioned as my main influences would be a dream come true. However, for some reason the first person that comes to mind is Bryan Adams. I really admire Bryan and his band; he is a solo artist in his own right yet always managed to maintain such a close knit band, in particular with Keith Scott the guitarist. I would love to collaborate with them both and just ask them about their relationship together.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I think every gig comes with a funny story, especially if a drink or two is in play, though one gig does deserve a mention. This was a few years back during a gig in Brighton. I was supporting Groovesonix (members of the rhythm section that plays for Jamiroquai). This was a big deal for me yet tainted by a very embarrassing moment on stage. We began our set and I put my arms up in the air and introduced the band when my guitar decided to remove itself from the strap and crash heavily on the floor in front of a packed crowd including the whole Groovesonix band. Everyone did the usual ‘oooohhhh’, I picked up my guitar gave it a strum and stated on the microphone: “at least it’s still in tune”. This is definitely something I do laugh about now but in that very moment I wish the earth would have swallowed me!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I always enjoy helping out in any way I can and would always do anything I set my mind on to the fullest of my ability. I always remain positive in the most negative circumstances; it’s the only way I can pull through. I also thoroughly enjoy making people laugh and I believe myself to be quite funny, my fiancée thinks otherwise though…