One of the most forward-thinking house music producers of the past ten years, Jesse Rose is responsible for twisting the template of house music as we know it today. Be it through his genre-defining tracks & albums on Dubsided and Made to Play, his off-centre major label remixes, his mix compilations for leading dance music labels, or as a label boss releasing some of the finest talent in dance music, there is no doubt that if you are into house music, Jesse Rose will have entered your musical radar at some point over the past decade. With releases on labels as varied as EMI, Classic, and Get Physical under his belt, and remixes for the likes of Hot Chip, Armand Van Helden, Underworld, Simian Mobile Disco, and Major Lazer, the past few years have seen Jesse climb the dance music ladder to become one of the most in demand DJs and producers in electronic music. With his efforts resulting in his nomination for both ‘Best British DJ’ (DJ Mag Awards), as well as feature as one of the world’s Top Ten Best DJs (Mixmag 2007), Jesse’s determination to ‘Sleep Less’ has clearly proven itself to be an effective manifesto.
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. Moving to Bristol in the early 90s he began working on music with his friend Jamie Anderson. With the duo soon DJing and running their own club nights together, Jesse quickly earned a reputation as an up and coming talent, with his initial DJ style fusing a very specific strand of Chicago house with early Detroit techno. Still in his mid-teens, Jesse began to produce his own music, and by 1997 was ready to make the move back to London – a change in location that subsequently resulted in the release of his first single on Artform - as well as his first mix compilation, ‘Tech- House Living’, for Subversive records.
It was in 2000 that Jesse met the man that would truly change him from DJ to producer: Dave Taylor (Switch). With their first collaborative project ‘Induceve’ resulting in the anthemic ‘Jazz Chops’, a string of releases followed on Derrick Carter’s Classic label. Since then, the partnership has proven to be continually effective, with the duo collaborating on some of Jesse’s biggest solo productions - ‘Touch My Horn’, ‘A-Sided’ & ‘You’re All Over My Head’. In addition to meeting Dave Taylor, the year 2000 also marked the inception of Jesse’s first label, Front Room Recordings. With an artist roster that has since developed to feature the likes of Solid Groove, Henrik Schwarz, Style of Eye, Daniel Steinberg, Jamie Anderson, John Tejada and Stefan Goldmann, Front Room continues to develop itself as a key house music label, with recent releases coming from Hector (as Los Vatos), Osbourne & Anderson and &Me.
Jesse started his second label, Made to Play, in 2005 as a way of releasing tracks that were created exclusively for the mix – less focus on promotion and label bureaucracy and more on the music itself – tracks that are “made to play”. Jesse’s move to Berlin marked the launch of the Made to Play night at the legendary Panorama Bar. In addition to the label being the point of reference for house music’s hottest artists in 2010, over the past five years Jesse and the Made to Play team have brought their trademark off-kilter house sound to Germany and helped establish the sound of house music in Berlin circa 2010. With Made to Play celebrating it’s fifth year of operation in October 2010 through the release of a 5 year double disc compilation and a five date European tour, 2010 has also seen Jesse launch his third label, Play it Down. Established for the same initial reason as Made to Play (in Jesse’s own words: “dedication to house beats - no crazy bass lines here, no press, no big mail outs, no hype, just tracks to chuck in your bag and play”), Play it Down has seen it’s first release come from Made to Play key artist Oliver $, with the anthemic summer track, Shaka Lao.
So what lies next for Jesse Rose? Currently performing live alongside Henrik Schwarz as ‘Black Rose’, the rest of 2010 will see Jesse maintain his relentless worldwide touring schedule that will culminate in the form of an Australian tour, the Made to Play 5 year anniversary tour, and numerous other worldwide dates. Production wise, major label collaborations are in the pipeline, as well as further underground innovation through his own productions. As far as sleep is concerned... it doesn’t look like Jesse is going to be getting much of it!