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play lo-fi play hi-fi  Call Me Jesse
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Let Me Love You (On My Knees)
play lo-fi play hi-fi  The Next Big Star
play lo-fi play hi-fi  American Icon
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Intro To
play lo-fi play hi-fi  I'm Sorry
play lo-fi play hi-fi  The Second Coming of Kubrick
play lo-fi play hi-fi  Misery
play lo-fi play hi-fi  B!tch
Jesse Thunderwake's music can be described using only one word: rough. Raised in Boise, he came to Austin, TX to pursue his dream of being a writer, actor, comedian, director, singer, songwriter, stuntman, producer and "a whole bunch of other stuff too!" He has always taken his music very seriously, often pouring his soul onto the page and into the microphone. Having no musical talent whatsoever though, was a challenge for his producer, Jim "Platinum Earz" Cunningham who maintains this page and acts as Jesse's Label and management team. The following is our discussion with Jim about Jesse's music.
Why this name?
I don't know how he chose Thunderwake but that's not his real last name, I'm pretty sure. His brother's name is Blain McDougal. With a name like that, I'd probably pick a stage name as well unless I was writing classical shit.
Do you play live?
When I met Jesse, he was playing on street corners and fighting for the occassional shitty coffee house gig. He can barely play the guitar so I, seeing the raw passion for his music and the potential for profit, stepped in and helped him develop this album. He would come to me, messed up on one thing or another with half an idea and I'd go put together an entire track and let him "sing." About 3 hours of auto-tune per track later, we have this result. I don't see him playing live much but I'm sure he'd love to.
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
I think it's let smaller acts like Jesse get his name out there but the reality is that good music is good music. It has changed what we charge and how we build a fan base but I still believe that if it's shit, it'll never do anything just like in the years prior to the mp3.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
I would love to work with a major label, especially with my solo work. I'm currently finishing up a hit new single called, "I banged your mom." But as for Jesse, he'd jump at the chance to do it but I doubt they'd ever look at him.
Band History:
I think I covered this already.
Your influences?
Jesse is kind of a cross between Eminem, Killswitch Engage, The Beatles, Dashboard Confessional, The Doors, Bob Dylan and Shania Twain. Like, if all of them got together and had an orgy, Jesse would be the resulting unwanted, aborted fetus of that.
Favorite spot?
Jesse's favorite spots are:
The Yellow Rose
Thunderbird Coffee
Heroes and Legacies
The Iron Cactus
and my house, where he currently lives.
Equipment used:
I don't like to divulge my secrets but it's the man, not the gear that makes the music. Jesse's record was made with a handful of guitars, a drum set, some high end microphones, some high end mic pres with great A/D and a fantastic word clock in an acoustically perfect room with highly sought-after monitoring. We used a variety of software in addition to the hardware including pitch correction, delays, compression, synthesizers, amp modeling at times, and chorus.
Anything else...?
Get out of here, I'm busy.
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