We caught up with London based singer-songwriter and producer Jesse Elvis to chat his new EP ‘Paint The Picture’, fave gigs and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
Tell us about yourself…
Hello I’m Jesse Elvis – a singer songwriter/producer from Kentish Town, London.
When do you realise you wanted to make music?
I realised I wanted to make music when I downloaded Fruity Loops on my first PC. Back then, I was just beat making but through years of creating and collaborating with other musicians, I evolved and started writing and recording my own songs.
Your EP ‘Paint The Picture’ is out soon, what can we expect?
My 5 track EP ‘Paint the Picture’ is basically an introduction to my sound and what I’m about. It’s very much influenced by old soul music and 90’s r&b with hints of modern hip hop and grime.
What was the inspo behind the track?
The song ‘Paint the Picture’ is inspired by people who I haven’t seen for ages and ask me what I’m up to these days or “you still doing music, yeah?”. A lot of the time those conversations feel very awkward because they think I’m wasting my time. The song also says fuck what people think of you and just get on with it.
What does a day in the life of you look like?
To be honest, I’m either making beats, finishing songs or writing new ones. Other than that I play football and take care of my kid.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
I had a lot of my best gigs touring with Plan B. Exit festival in Serbia and pyramid stage Glastonbury were very significant and humbling experiences for me. I also had a crazy experience at evolution festival in Newcastle where I decided to crowd surf. While doing so my phone fell out of my pocket, so I jumped in the crowd to find it. Somehow I did, got picked back up by the crowd and brought back to the stage while being groped by women…and men.
Who did you listen to growing up?
My uncle and auntie were heavily into 90’s rnb and hip hop so naturally that rubbed off on me. I idolised Nas growing up. I also loved listening to jungle and garage and, of course, influenced by all the rock n roll and Motown soul stuff my mum loves.
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
I probably have quite a few but the one that just came to my head is a song called ‘Where Do You Go’ by No Mercy. The video is equally as hilarious
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
Sza – Ctrl
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
Recently, probably releasing my EP and finally letting people hear my music. Overall I’d say travelling the world while touring with Plan B.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
The coolest person I’ve worked with so far is a musician called Eric Appapoulay. He’s an amazing singer and can pretty much play any instrument on this planet.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I’m not listening to as much as I should just because I’m recording loads of my own stuff at the moment but I still really like Goldlinks album ‘At What Cost’. I’m liking H.E.R at the moment too.
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
The main thing I’d say is make music that you really truly love yourself. If you compromise your sound you will feel it in the long run. No one else can tell you how to be the best version of you, that’s your job. Also be polite and don’t get gassed when things go well for you because it doesn’t always last. Stay humble!
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
Nas – Stillmatic
Where can we see you perform next?
I don’t have any shows confirmed at the moment as I’m mainly focusing on recording more music but keep an eye out.
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
Again, just focusing on recording loads more music and collaborating with other producers and musicians.
Listen to latest track ‘Paint The Picture’ here: