esse Lee Jacobs was born on September 22, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Living in one of the oldest cities in America, he discovered art in many forms.
Sound Is Color
Early creative expressions came in the form of song as early as age 8. Jesse would
sing and play every instrument, yet deplore the idea of being referred to as just
a "musician," rather he was an artist who feels sound is color.
His experiences, as well as his interest in Chinese philosophy, dreams and astronomy
would become relevant later in his work. Jesse believes music is a great platform
for experiments in sound. He believes music comes to him mostly through osmosis,
therefore sound has an element of suprise which allows for a truly mystical discovery.
He believes if people want to play music they should merely pick up an instrument
and try to make it sound good; this, mixed with a love of listening to music, is
all that is necessary to embarke on a musical journey.
Jesse performed for the first time at age 12. As a shy, passive boy he found that
music could act as a social release. Jesse also believes the stage can be a mask
to further communicate song. Illustrating this point, his favorite performers
include: Prince, David Bowie, Kate Bush, Paul Reubens, Jim Morrison, Salivador Dali,
David Lee Roth, Bjork, Wayne Coyne, Deborah Harry, Andy Warhol, Marc Bolan, Frank Zappa
and John Lennon. Jesse sang and played in many bands throughout high school and at
that time met his friend Keith A. Link, song writer and fellow visual artist.
They would begin to write music together easily and freely. Jesse sees this period
as the first milestone in song writing for him.
Painting On Tape
The second big advancement in song was his discovery of the 4-track. It was then
that he coined the phrase "painting on tape" -- songs just seemed to appear.
Then at age 20, Jesse took a voyage to Europe and had another amazing experience.
In 1996, Jesse recorded songs with Norweigen techno musician, Rune Rønenberg,
who spoke virtually no English. Jesse was blown away by the fact that sound is
language, music is universal communication. When Jesse came back from Europe he
continued to record song after song. Then, Jesse and Keith formed The Plastic Act.
They were self-proclaimed Warholians. One song, a recording, of
"It's All Just Relative," survived an 18 song concept record in 1999.
Off to LA LA Land
After hitting a hard rock bottom in 2000, Jesse left Philly in the middle of the
night and headed to California. Jesse formed Blue Vinyl in Hollywood and with this
band he performed all over LA. His favorite live show was on New Year's Eve, 2001,
at the Troubador playing with LA Guns and Circus of Power. Blue Vinyl later recorded
their self-titled CD, produced by Gilby Clark of Guns n Roses. Jesse left Blue Vinyl
to record solo material -- tons of it. After some time he got together with Wil Robinson
and wrote songs for his new band, Wil Robinson vs' Jesse & the Plastic Cats.
In 2003 they released their record, Lost n Space. It was written,
recorded and all instruments were played entirely by Jesse and Wil, then mastered
by producer Bruce Witkin. Prior to the release of Lost n Space, the song
"Suzy and the Telepathic Monkey" appeared on a compilation
cd and in the first week of it's release the song was played on LA radio, KXLU.
The song is being played on radio stations across the planet, including Norway,
France, Finland, Canada and the United States.
Jesse's favorite country is France. His favorite color is purple and his favorite
animal is the monkey. Jesse's favorite song writer is John Lennon. He also enjoys
the music of Pink Floyd, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis, Sheila Chandra, Ornette Coleman,
Mary Timony, Air, Stereolab, Beck, Yoko Ono, and most of the avantgarde...
Beyond the art
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