Jessie is a a 24 year old LA guy, by way of Miami, but currently in Boston.
"Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was a musical reaction to the 2008 film with Michael Cera and Kat Dennings. I fell in love with the plot and the music throughout the movie. At the time, I wanted to create my own soundtrack for the film and thus, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was formed. Fast forward ten years later and the playlist has evolved from a movie soundtrack to relatable tunes for those on the road to love. From Landon Pigg’s “Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop” to Omar Apollo’s “Unbothered,” anyone who's been on the emotional rollercoaster that is love can relate to this playlist."
What music did you grow up listening to?
I come from a Latino household, so I listened to a lot of salsa, bachata, reggaeton, and spanish “oldies,” which are generally know for giving you “all the feels.” That same sentiment is prevalent in all of my musical preferences as an adult.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
SZA’s 2017 “CTRL” is unbeatable. I can listen to this album on repeat for hours on end and sing every lyric. It’s such an inspiring and self-empowering album that follows SZA’s deepest experiences. Whenever I just want to have a minute for myself, I put this album on and forget about the rest.
What artist, dead or alive, would you interview and why?
I’d have to interview Selena, the Queen of Tejano Music! She was killed at just 23 years old and at the height of her career. Although her Spanish wasn’t the best, she inspired bilingual artists to pursue larger audiences and embrace their Latino roots. If she were alive today, she probably would’ve done a collab with Cardi B.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Jhene Aiko’s concerts are AMAZING! I’ve seen her perform live twice, and her angelic voice never fails to fill the venue. From her stage design and props, to her talented harpist and band, her performances are just breathtaking. It also helps that her lyrics and beats are thoroughly developed and always speak to her life experiences. She truly leaves a little of her heart on the stage, every time.
What is the last song you listened to?
The last song I listened to is actual my most recent addition to my Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. I stumbled upon Rhye’s “Open,” and it sent me on a nostalgic trip down memory lane.
Name your top 3 favorite artists and why?
I have such eclectic taste in music. So my favorite artist reflect that. I love Jhene Aiko, Cultura Profetica, and El Alfa. Jhene never fails to bring so much light through her music and spot on beats. Puerto Rican Reggae band Cultura Profetica combines jazz, salsa, reggae, and bossa nova to bring top-notch Spanish moods. And of course, El Alfa is unbeatable as a prep for a night out.