1. Who are you as an artist?
That's a broad question lol (and yes I write with "lol's" so what), I guess the easiest way to put it is I'm Jesse Lopez. But who I am as an artist? Well, I'm a songwriter, a producer, a musician, a singer, I'm somewhat of a sound engineer and a painter also, but I think sound engineers and painters will be offended I said that. From a perspective, art is my life. It compels me everyday to want to create something new. It was my favorite class in school after all.
2. What is makes your music worth it? To the world? To your fans?
What makes it worth it? Lets see... for one, hearing my music when I create something new. I'm technically my first biggest fan, cause I gotta like what I'm making first before putting it out. Those moments when I'm playing live and I make those connections with people, like making someone smile, singing along with someone, crowd surfing (which btw we gotta bring back crowd surfing, I need to see more of that ok) ,that makes it worth it just as much.
3. What makes you different from all the artists out there? Come on brag a bit..
That's not easy to answer, because the truth is every artist is different from each other, I mean unless you're a blatant ripe off. Hear me out though, we all have different stories, everybody has a different name, different branding in some ways. Although a lot of music artists share similar genres, we all have a different story to tell with our talents.
4. How did you get into your art?
Alright, you're taking me back now. Let's rewind back to when I was like 12 years old. My Mom bought me my first drum set. This set was garbage. Cheap. Been left outside on a porch. A little rusty. But nonetheless is where I started, on that old faithful drum set. My Mom let me take some drum lessons and it just took me. I loved it! A year later she bought me my first guitar. This Wal-Mart first act little kiddie poop colored acoustic guitar, and I played that thing every single day. I had a little summer girlfriend at the time and I kept playing the guitar so I could sing her songs. After a few months she left... but the guitar stayed. Me and that love for guitar and music have been in a happy relationship ever since.
5. What is the notorious thing you can say about your art that you never knew before getting into the industry?
I can definitely say I didn't think I could be making money doing it. If you would have told me in high school that I would be making a living off music in my future... well, I probably would have believed you to be honest cause that kinda statement inspires me, but the fact that I'm doing that now is a blessing and I want to continue to grow that everyday.
6. What’s your Poison?
I like how you capitalized 'Poison'... make it extra intense! Now, I don't know if that's an alcohol reference but I like Bud Light and whiskey, occasionally. But if you're talking about my weaknesses, I love cheese pretzels. I really don't know why, they're just so good to me seriously. I love Chinese takeout too, ok I think I'm hungry while writing this lol.
7. How is your music “your religion”?
Well, every morning I sacrifice a new guitar to the music gods for tribute. For every third guitar I sacrifice they give me a hit song to write. No really though, I spend so much time in the studio, practicing, playing out, handling that business side of things, that I feel like my social friend life is dwindling before my eyes... but I also feel like that's what it takes to be great. Putting in that time to grind it out and move forward little by little to greatness. The real friends will stick around through it all.
8. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society?
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't trying to push inspiration on people through my music, but I also want to offer listeners more than that. I want to tell them my story too. There's a lot of things I have to get off my chest and the music is a great way to let it go. I think that is what people want to hear. Something real. Something true. A different perspective and story they can somehow relate to and not feel so alone in this world.
9. What is the message of your art?
Each song of mine has it's own individual messages in them, but there is an underlying vibe of love or inspiration there. Heroes, is an anthem to inspire you to be great and look within for strength. Take Me Home, talks about feeling alone but being hopeful that you will find where you belong. In the Middle, is about being caught between a decision to be in love and risk another fall . All different messages, but I write my own songs based on my life and my perception of it, so you truly are getting a front row seat to my heart through my music.
10. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the arts so far? Tell us more:
I mean, I would say so. I feel like I have so much more to learn but I've grown so much since last year even. I wouldn't call it luck though, my talent is a product of years of practice and work at my instruments and art. My gift is my determination and drive to want to share my music and stay grinding. It's all about putting in those hours and learning from the mistakes!
11. What do you think it takes to make it in the music industry!
Many artists seem to take different routes to achieve great success in music, but I would think mainly consistency and perseverance. More so perseverance, because you have to stick with it and don't give up. Even when things get tough and you feel like you are going no where, push forward and keep digging. Why give up now? That also comes with having a deep love for what you are doing. If it is your passion in life, the challenges can be looked at as blessings, not curses.
12. What do you regret the most in your art?
I try my best to live without regrets. Helps me sleep better at night. But if I had to think of one it would be not picking up an instrument sooner in my life. Yet, I wouldn't go back and change a thing. It happened how it happened and I live in the present, not in the past, and there's good things to look forward to in the future!
13. Where do you see your career going in five years?
To be completely honest, I don't know! Haha, but that is the beauty of it all to me. I can plan only so far ahead, but the future remains somewhat of a mystery, and I like it that way. Keeps me on the edge of my seat, never bored. Now, if you ask me where do I WANT it to go? I would like to have a decent tour circuit established by then. Hopefully, a couple more albums finished. Working with a label. Working with well established artists. Hitting top radio charts. All in all, I want to go as far as I can possibly go within the next 5 years, and the next 5 years after that.
14. Who is the perfect artist you would love to perform with?
I like this question! Dead or alive? I think it would be dope to work with MJ the King of Pop. I feel like he would have so much to teach me about music and performing. He is definitely an artist I look up to as far as reaching great heights in his career. A few others I would be crazy about working with is Pharrel Williams, amazing producer! Zedd, I love his sounds and ability to put a song together. Rick Rubin, who has worked with so many great artists the list is too long to write out here. And Jonny Craig would be an awesome artist to work with. I've always admired Jonny's work.
15. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music?
I would like everyone to remember my music like I would want them to remember me: genuine, from the heart, honest, inspiring, loving, something real. I've always said that my purpose on this Earth is to leave as much music behind as I can before I die and let that tell my story, for whoever wants to listen. My opinion here is biased, but I feel like music is the greatest gift we have, and a universal language that can bring joy or sorrow to anyone who hears it. It is pure emotion in the form of vibrating waves that travel straight to our hearts. It connects people together in ways we can never imagine, but only experience for ourselves. I want my legacy to live on of course through the music, but it is far from finished. In fact, I'm only just beginning.
Reach Jesse at....
My Website is: www.jesselopezmusic.com
Latest music video [In the Middle]:
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Other music video [Heroes]: