Jessonio is an upcoming NYC artist that is rising worldwide with his new single Shake Dat Azzzz. Jessonio is the CEO and founder of JESBU records. His first single “Toast To The Haters” was release January 2019. “Toast To The Haters”, and “Shake Dat Azzz” is on major platforms on Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music or you can purchase it on iTunes. Jessonio never gave up on his dreams and remain focus and kept forwarding his career til it reaches mainstream. He is currently working on music, projects, tours, shows, and film.
Interview by Tim Brown
1-When and why did you start playing? Well growing up as a child I just knew music has always been in my DNA. At 7 years old. I written my first song call “Why Does it Happen to Me”. I never had the opportunity to play instruments but I will beat box or use two wooden pencils to make beats, and hum the melodies, and write the chords down. Music was my escape from the pain and hurt I was experiencing as an child. It was a way for to express how I felt or feeling.
2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why? I love so many musicians, but I admire Michael Jackson, Prince, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, James Brown, David Bowie, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Guns n Roses, Foreigner, Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, Lady Gaga, Sia, Adele, Alicia Keys, Black Eyes Peas, Kanye West, Drake, and Maroon 5.
3-Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones? I was influenced by Michael Jackson “Thriller” and “Bad” album, and Stevie Wonder album called “Songs in the Key of Life”.
4-Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD’s? My favorite is Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder
5-Have you been in competitions? Fleadh’s? Any prizes? Yes American Idol tryouts years ago in Charleston, SC but I walk away from the second round due to anxiety.
6-Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV? Right now my music is playing on the radio. I also have a showcase on April 18 at SOB’s NYC. I am currently working on a mini tour once I release a few more singles.
7-What makes this kind of music “good” to you? Because its what I’m experiencing at this current moment. It’s necessary to be heard.
8-Why did you choose to play this kind of music? Well over the years I held back creatively so I decided to take a risk and face my fears and the responses of my new singles going super well.
9-Let’s Talk about your music and your last work…? am currently writing, composing, singing, and rapping on my project call JESBU. Which stands for just be yourself. Making music with no My last work was TV film. I appeared on Madam Secretary.
10-How do you feel about the internet in the music business? I feel like it’s a great platform to get your music heard but also creatively it can be stolen by other artist.
11-What are the plans for the future? To continue to grow as an artist making great music, performing, touring the world, advocate for domestic violence and homeless, working on a clothing line, fragrance line, and do more TV & film work.
12-How has your music evolved since you first began playing music? My music has evolved tremendously by practicing every day, writing, and letting go the fear whether someone is going to like it or not. I feel like an a musician and artist we put ourselves in a vulnerable place when we create because its part of us. When society judge it can make some artist hold back. That was something I learn to deal with is continue to grow as an artist no matter what.
13-Could you briefly describe the music-making process? When I make music sometimes I go by ear. So it depends on how I feel at the moment. If I’m emotional or a love song I will write off piano chords or if I’m happy I will write compose and produce on a dope beat at first. So it depends on how I really feel. Trust my judgment and believe in myself and build confidence. It has to be a connection for me in order to write and produce my music. Also the engineer I work with has to believe in my vision as well.