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.
Jesse finished up 2017 with his follow-up single Daddy on Toolroom, a remix for DJ Funk on Hot Creations and the accolade of No. 6 in Traxsource’s Tech House Top 100.
With his highly regarded Begun EP released on Ibiza power house Do Not Sleep at the start of 2018, Jesse’s next move was to unleash his incredible single Never Talk to Aliens on the world, via label of the moment – Defected. This ferocious start to the year saw Jesse catapulted to the forefront of the scene – Aliens continued to receive huge radio support throughout the year (including across BBC Radio 1 from Annie, Danny and Pete) as well as DJ support coming from all corners of the industry, including Luciano, Hot Since 82, Jackmaster, Disciples and many more.
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). Later in 2018, Jesse remixed for PEZNT on their track “Breakfast,” which was released on Claude Von Stroke’s label Dirtybird to much acclaim.
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, in 2018 Jesse played some of the coolest clubs and festivals around, from Elrow and Do Not Sleep to Boomtown and Dirtybird Campout. Never Talk to Aliens was crowned one of the top house tracks of 2018 by press and tastemakers alike and during the year he also provided mixes for BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Monki and appeared on Danny Howard’s show providing his “weekend weapons.”
With the schedule for 2019 already taking shape with high profile releases set for the next couple of months on Hot Creations and DFTD (to name only two), there’s no doubt that whilst 2018 was the biggest and best yet, the man from Miami is going to be raising the game once more this year, as he proves time and time again that he’s the man with the midas touch.