Jesse Perez - Inside The Track 'Find A Way'
With ‘Find A Way’ via Mr. Nice Guy working its way up Soulful House Top 100 We sat down with the main remixer on the release, Jesse Perez to get an indepth look ‘Inside The Track’ and more with this Exclusive interview.
1) You’ve had quite a lot cool productions & remixes out this year. How is this recent one being received by DJs & in your sets?
It’s getting good support from big names. I’ve personally been using it in my sets for a bit over a year, and it always goes down well. I like the fact that I can play it early in the night, but it also works well late into my set.
2) Tell us more about your “Find A Way” remix. What was the main inspiration behind it and what prompted the 90s musical direction?
I was always a fan of the original, but I didn’t think about remixing it till a couple years back. I’m always trying to find something that’s kind of deep, house influenced but still has a raw, rugged vibe that I can play in my sets, and I’ve come to realize it’s easier for me to make a track then it is to search for what I’m looking for. After stumbling across the acapella of “Find A Way” I thought it would be perfect to give my take on it. Pretty much everything that I make has a 90’s direction, so it was just natural to put this remix together.
3) Production wise, what is it about your “Find A Way” remix that makes it work?
It has soul to it. It wasn’t just something that was remixed just to say I remixed it. The vocals really go well with the new melody I gave it, and the drums give it a laid back Hip Hop vibe that grooves all the way through.
4) What is the one machine, program, sound, drum machine, technique that characterizes the signature the Jesse Perez sound?
I think using Acid Pro has been the biggest thing for me to capture my sound. I love how easy it is to edit sounds on the spot. I’ve been using it since 2001.
5) What is the one piece of kit that Jesse Perez simply cannot do without?
The one kit I can’t do without… Booty!
6) Any advice for your fans on how to make it in today’s fast paced game?
When I first got into making music, I was given some very simple advice. “As hard as it may be now a days, you have to sound different”. So DO NOT try to sound like another Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, or whoever is hot right now. Secondly, don’t rely on loop masters to make all the creative aspects of your tracks… Thirdly, even though some folks become superstars over night, please keep in mind that this game is one of having patience. Don’t think just because you released a track on your friend’s label that’s based in Berlin that every promoter in town is going call you for a gig. Just be prepared to be ignored for years regardless if you’re making dope shit or not. Fourthly, if you’re going make techno (for example) learn the history behind it. Make sure you know who are the ones that built the platforms you’re trying to walk on now. Be knowledgeable about your field! And last, don’t release tracks out to the public until they’re good, people will judge you from the very first record you release.