Jesse Zotti is a humbling example of what it takes to truly become one of the most persistent and hard working DJs ever to touch the decks. His passion for electronic music emerged at an early age as he watched his father play disco songs on his old record player. As he grew older, Jesse’s love for dance music got people talking. Slowly but surely his great taste made friends move and groove, as he always loved sharing his music. It was then, at the age of 15 that Jesse got his first gig playing a little hall filled with people from his local neighborhood. Although Jesse lacked the technical knowledge; his skilled ear allowed him to instantly become a success. Juggling songs around all night, Jesse’s instinct gave him the drive to follow through, eventually calling the DJ booth his home.
Night after night, the reactions from the crowd hungered Jesse for more. He began to hit the local clubs to observe the DJs. His ambition took the lead, and he quickly began learning the intricate details of mixing, all taking it in and making it his own. Soon enough Jesse’s introduction to the sexy, melodic sound of house music sparked his love affair that would last for years to come. In spring of 2006, at one of Montreal’s biggest raves, Bal en Blanc, Jesse was initiated into the underground sounds of Sultan and Deep Dish; ultimately pioneering him into the true world of DJing. Instantly, Jesse’s image gravitated into a more progressive & techy sound; it was then that he truly began to grow as an artist.
That summer Jesse was playing 7 nights a week, allowing him to begin building his own studio at home. It’s in this studio that Jesse went from making mix tapes for his friends to demos for clubs. His first demo was for a DJ contest being held at Circus, a local afterhour. This competition set the stage for the rest of Jesse’s performances. Having impressed the judges and ultimately the crowd, it landed him the opportunity to begin playing the infamous underground scene of Montreal. RedLite, one of Canada’s largest afterhours, saw his potential and quickly approached the youngster to have him as a resident. After 4 years of being on their weekly Saturday night roster, playing along side his mentor, Cesar Bass Romero, Montrealers were able to see his true colors and Jesse had now created his solid fan base.
Today, Jesse has played on the international stage, in Asia, Latin and Central America. Locally, flyers from clubs like New City Gas and Montreal’s infamous Stereo afterhour are where you can see Jesse Zotti’s name being printed, along international talents such as Sasha,Guy J, Luis Junior, Henry Saiz, Darin Epsilon, Max Graham, Mark Knight, Ned Shepard, Serge Devant, just to name a few.
It is without a doubt that Jesse is one of Montreal’s rising stars. With his superior work ethic, an obsessively extensive electronic library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his musical passion, this young talent will make everyone crave for more!