Jesse Perez is a larger than life character who doesn’t like to reveal too much about himself. Instead, his big personality shines through in his music. Whether he was actually conceived in a motel in Little Havana, we do not know. Was his dad a pimp who was ten years younger than him? Probably not. But these are the stories he puts out there.
Looking to his music gives more clues about his passions, at least: it is big stuff that is always characterized by a massive serving of bass. No doubt influenced by the music of his Miami homeland, he is very much part of a fresh and exciting crew of producers making bootylicious house music with ghetto rawness, percolating percussions and firing vocals that always send crowds wild.
Having released on essential labels like Hot Creations, I’m A House Gangster, BPitch Control and Eats Everything’s Edible, in 2017 he dropped Fake on his own Mr Nice Guy Records, which went on to be one of the tracks of the summer and was subsequently given the remix treatment by Steve Lawler. His music always has a tongue in cheek charm and real sense of humour. It swings and is funky, touches on hip house and often comes stuffed with skewed synths that never fail to make their mark.
Across the summer, Jesse released his Hip Hop Classics Retouched EP on Nervous Records and remixed huge tracks for the likes of Richy Ahmed (Knee Deep in Sound), ATFC & David Penn (Armada), Camelphat and Mat.Joe (Elrow) and Mathias Kaden (PETS).
Certainly one of the most prominent artists in the game right now, his bump and grind sounds are in demand all over the world, and for good reason. It’s not only the labels and DJs that all want a Jesse Perez record, he is playing some of the coolest clubs and festivals around in 2018, from Elrow and Do Not Sleep to Boomtown and Dirtybird Campout. This year he’s also provided mixes for Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Monki and appeared on Danny Howard’s show providing his “weekend weapons.”
With the schedule for the remainder of 2018 already packed with high profile releases, there’s no doubt that this year looks set to be the best yet for the man from Miami, as he proves time and time again that he’s the man with the midas touch.