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Meet Jesse Cleare

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesse Cleare.

Jesse, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I don’t remember much of my childhood really. I do, however, remember the 3-piece fake Gucci print outfit I wore to school for three days in an attempt to impress my peers. Cringe. I thought I was so cool, I asked my mom to iron them and everything. I had creases in my Gucci shorts, that’s a bar. Remember creases? Wow.

Anyway, this was a time in my life where I hadn’t yet been convinced that being a comedian would be unscholarly, and lengthy handstands were social currency. I would go with my mom to Walgreens to develop rolls from the disposable cameras we shared, jumping on my pogo stick in the parking lot while I waited. Eventually, I began to develop an interest in my mother’s CD collection. I think I was trying to find Sisqó ‘s“Thong Song.”

My parents were separated by this point. I’d go to visit my dad on weekends. I remember he had a Sega Genesis, Dreamcast, PlayStation, and a PlayStation 2. I was playing Gran Turismo (on the verge of a rage quit) when I noticed how well OutKast’s “My Favorite Things,” meshed with the gameplay. I think it may have been playing when I beat whatever race or time trial I was stuck on.

Videogames and music have always been my escape, in the same way that recess was before I started down the path of the baby Gucci suit. My first musical production experience came from the Playstation 2 game “MTV Music Generator 3.” Technically, the first song I ever chopped was “I Like the Way You Move,” by OutKast. I just realized that’s crazy!

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
I started making music to make my friends laugh. At the time, I was really into Baltimore Club music, so I wanted to imitate it because I’d run out of songs that were both good AND funny.

Years later and I’m still using FL Studio to express myself. Only now, I’m inspired by wildly talented artists and bedroom producers from every corner of the world. Shout out to my internet friends!

I like taking portraits and conceptual photos, I shoot with a Canon 6d.

Really, I just make what I would like to hear, and shoot what I would like to see.

If you’re inspired by my work, awesome. You can do it too!

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
Audio Production meme pages, they seem so innocent at first. Then, they start talking about real-life problems. Like bro, I came here to laugh.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can buy music from Bandcamp. Streams help too. I think the most important thing for me would be coming to the shows. The internet is cool and all, but I’d like to meet the people that resonate with the things I create.

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