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Jesse Rose

Jesse RoseMade to Play, Dubsided, Classic



A true pioneer, Jesse Rose is responsible for twisting the template of house music as we know it. Be it through his genre bending productions, DJ performances across the planet, remixing some of the biggest dance acts around (Major Lazer, Underworld, Simian Mobile Disco etc.), or as a label boss A&Ring; the freshest talent in electronic music, Jesse has one of the most revered profiles in the scene.

Born at the tail end of the 1970s in London’s Ladbroke Grove, as a young boy Jesse was raised on a healthy dose of Motown, soul, jazz and eighties funk. From humble beginnings, and with solid determination, Jesse began making music at the tender age of 14. Moving to Bristol in the early 90’s, he was soon DJing and running club nights together with his close friend Jamie Anderson, and quickly earned a reputation as an up and coming talent.

By 1997, Jesse was ready to make the move back to London, subsequently meeting the man that would truly change him from DJ to producer: Dave ‘Switch’ Taylor. Their first collaborations caught the eye of key Chicago house producer Derrick Carter, leading to a string of releases on his ‘Classic’ label. Jesse’s work on Switch’s ‘Dubsided’ saw the development of the house genre by mixing & dropping sounds from other genres instead of mere looping, resulting in some of his biggest hits such as ‘A-Sided’, ‘You’re All Over My Head’ and ‘Touch My Horn’. Jesse learnt his craft as a DJ with regular slots at London super club Fabric.

The year 2000 marked the inception of Jesse’s first label, ‘Front Room Recordings’, which has featured some of the most prominent names in dance music such as Henrik Schwarz & Solid Groove, and continues to present itself as a key house music label. His second label ‘Made to Play’, conceived in 2005, has turned into a powerhouse for unearthing and nurturing new talent, churning out hit records like Riva Starrs’ ‘I was drunk’ and making stars out of its artists. Jesse fashioned a distinct Balkan-style sub-genre of house adopted as the defining sound of Made to Play, influencing the likes of Yolada be Cool. Jesse brought this trademark off-kilter house sound to Berlin and beyond with global residencies at Panorama Bar (Berlin) The Social Club (Paris), Hive (Zurich), XOYO (London), Avalon (Los Angeles) and Womb (Tokyo), as well as to thousands of revelers at leading festivals around the world such as Creamfields, Parklife, Exit and Melt.

Jesse’s production prowess saw him produce Hot Chip in 2010 for their single entitled ‘Build a House’, the first ever production not tailored by the band themselves. 2010 also saw Jesse launch his third imprint; ‘Play it Down,’ which despite it’s no press approach is already getting some serious attention solely based on the merit of the music. Following the staggering popularity last summer of Jesse and Henrik Schwarz’s live tour project; ‘Black Rose’, a return assault is planned on the major festival circuit for summer 2011. The first Black Rose EP, aptly titled “Anthem’ will also drop on Made to Play in early 2011 and has already received Radio One’s ‘Essential New Tune’ accolade.

Continued international touring schedule aside, Jesse is using the European winter to turn his attentions to original productions, basing himself out of L.A, working on a new Jesse Rose album, producing acts and getting back into the studio with Dave “Switch” Taylor. He has also teamed up with super talent Noah Beriesin of Chiddy Bang fame on a new collaborative project, ‘Alphabet and Numbers’.