As a teenager, Jesse, heavily influenced by his parents’ vast record collection, began to fuse rock, punk, soul, and funk with the hip-hop of his generation. “My parents musical tastes really shaped mine. My first cassette was Led Zeppelin and my second was Sam Cooke.”
Soon, Jesse began deejaying prep school parties around Manhattan largely filling his crates with his parents’ records. He laughs, “I was the only sixteen-year old deejay in the City playing Buddy Holly and Lauryn Hill.” Downtown crowds, however, quickly gravitated to his eclectic sets and by the time the young deejay graduated from high school he was a staple behind the velvet ropes inside New York’s most exclusive nightclubs.
Jesse’s encyclopedic knowledge of music and remarkable skill have since taken him around the globe spinning private parties for celebrities including Jay-Z, Heidi Klum, Russell Simmons, and Spike Lee. Jesse has become a favorite of the fashion and art worlds playing high-profile events for Alexander Wang, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood, Donna Karan, Diesel, GQ, and Kaws. Of his choice to hire Jesse to deejay his Milan Fashion Week runway show, Tom Ford said Jesse’s “musical taste reminds me of my childhood.”
Between celebrity and corporate events, Jesse deejays at the most recognizable nightclubs in the world including Liv (Miami), 1OAK (Las Vegas), MIXX (Atlantic City), VIP Room (Paris), and Chinawhite (London). An emerging producer, Jesse’s official remixes of The Knocks, Peter Bjorn & John, and Brandon Flowers have become blog favorites.
Jesse's 2012 is off to a rapid start. His debut single, "Daddy Cool", released on Big Beat / Atlantic Records spent weeks on Beatport House chart. He is featured in a starring role in Todd Phillips' blockbuster film Project X. In February, Jesse, Machine Gun Kelly, and Pusha T went on an eleven-city, Vice Magazine-sponsored tour to promote the film. This spring, Jesse and nightlife photographer will tour together crashing the ten best college parties in America.
Jesse has modeled for Marc Jacobs, Uniqlo, and Converse. He has been featured in Vanity Fair, GQ, Us Weekly, In Touch, W, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Post.