Jesse Vega is a Dance-Pop R&B recording artist whom resides in the Bronx In the New York City área. His musical influences are Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber. His latest single “Seras Tu”/For U” is a 2x nominated LDM Radio independent award contender. His purpose is to give his fans music that uplift their souls and have a good time.
How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
It has been very good to me. I've been in a good place as I was heavily on campaign mode for being nominated this year as the 2x Nominee of this independent LDM Radio awards for my singles “Seras Tu” & “For U” for the Latin and Pop category this year. I also Have my first ever produced short-film titled “Fucked Up” that will be coming out later this spring!!
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I have been in the entertainment Business for about 16 years now. When I started In the beginning I was heavy doing Theatre and it was not until I was in my early 20’s being in films was a different entity then performing for a live audience. By the time I was In my mid 20’s transforming from actor to musical artist was something I always wanted to do. As I always loved Performing and dancing since the age of 9 years old. So every couple of years I’m always evolving and stepping up my skills to be stronger than I was.
How did you come up with your latest project?
My latest project currently which is my self -produced Short-Film “Fucked Up” produced by me and a Director/Producer Jordan L. Sims all started during the end of 2020. At that time, it was still the lock-down season of Covid-19. The script went through 3/4 revisions before we went into production in the spring of 2021. I wanted to make a comedic/drama revolving around friends and how a dramatic turning point happens within the middle of the film and how the power of friendship unites one another supporting the lead character. To produce something from beginning to end was very fulfilling as I have always been part of other peoples film projects. So to do something that was from the heart was an achievement.
Where are you from originally?
I’m from the Bronx,NY but my back-round heritage is Puerto Rican
Where do you live now?
New York City Baby! Haha
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Absolutely!! but you know I grew Up loving the bubblegum top40 Y2K era where everything on tv was nothing but Pop/Dance music. Since I’m a dancer and being from New York is nothing but high energy in your face type vibes. I believe putting out upbeat upbeat music is what people want to see when it comes to live entertainment.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
The inspiration to be honest started once my dad passed away back in 2014. I was 24 and even prior to that I always Wanted to do my own material. To sing my own songs and write but I was too in my head. Not believing in myself and following other artists by doing covers and not finding my own lane to who I was. When my dad died as sad as it hurt me to lose a parent I inherited the gift of music. I started to believe In myself and started to come up with Melodies and harmonies and lyrics that flew through me. It was as if my dad was living through me since he himself was into music . By the time I was 26 two years after he passed I put Out my first ever song “I’m Gonna Show You”.
How do you want to shape your career?
The way I want To shape my career is by becoming a successful chameleon. Which I believe I’m already doing right now. To do everything and anything and not limit myself to one lane.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
In the beginning, when I put Out my first album “MICROPHONE”(2017). I was Working my butt off putting out content and being in anything and everything I could Get my hands on to showcase my audience my art. At the time, I put Out 5 visuals in a matter of 2 years. Then the year after I was already working on my 2nd sophomore album “Who I Am”(2019). During that album I started to slow down with my content and only put 3 singles and 2 visuals in just a year. That album, I was searching and finding my way with genres and visuals and looks. My second album was different from who I was. Jesse Vega as the artist & as the person but during that era I didn't Feel as fulfilled on putting out my best work. It had some moments, don't get me wrong but if I would have sat down with myself and taken the time to not be so focused on what other people were viewing me as an artist or what they expected from me and just live in the moment I’m pretty sure the album would have had solid songs. So at that point, I’ve decided to reset my focus when making new music. Covid-19 actually helped me along the way to get more deep into my soul. By exploring everything and anything to areas where I feared to even explore. So currently I’m in a wonderful place where I feel more in control with my direction in sound and lyrics that I will Release in the coming months.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
So my latest single “Seras Tu” which in English is basically “Always You” is a love-letter to my partner. I have Been in a long-term relationship with my partner for a decade now. After all those years and the tears and struggles I wanted to convey my love in a song by saying thank you for always being by my side. Not only I released the song in Spanish but there is an English version titled “For U”. So you get to have the best of both worlds from Spanish and English. That to me is very important especially since I’m from a Puerto Rican descent.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
At times especially the emotional ones. You've been in the studio working on your body of work for so long that by the time it’s time for it to come out it’s like hopefully the audience love whAt you put out as much as you enjoyed working on it in the privacy of your own home or studio. It’s very scary when you get to send your music to distribution and the release date happens and you're so excited and worried at the same time your fans and supporters won’t critique your work to the end of abomination haha.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
All my songs are personal to me. It all stems from a part or a fragment of my life during that time when I release. So not one song I put out does not have an emotional attachment to me. It all depends, maybe the ones I’m featured in.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
All music outlets !! You can find me just search Jesse Vega.
What has been the best fan reaction to your music
The best fan reaction I have Gotten are the ones who listen and support me from other countries. It’s so wonderful to know people who never met you support you.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
This summer, I’m performing a lot and I’m so excited for all the summer events! So if you want to come see me check out my latest updates on my social media handles and website.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
This year, I’m booked for Queens Pride for the fourth time in a row. It will be the first stop on my promo summer dates and furthermore.
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