An Interview With Jesse Vega
A new single from Jessie brings out a refreshing and brutally honest approach with lush full-bodied and textured production and straightforward, in your face songwriting. You can't deny the emotional drive Vega lays out and does so with a heavy passion and heart.
"Tell me (Lies)" Surely gets you thinking. It's got a way of creating a form of memories of your own to pop into your head at random times throughout the track. You can definitely feel the intensity build and the genuine peel of this single.
There's no question that this came from someplace very real. And I think that's what helps make the song so addictive honestly. There's so much about this that feels relatable and really has a way of grabbing you holding on tight.
The release feels almost like a dream and Vega puts forth character that's not easily forgotten. His vocal performance is not only on point but can be impactful if you listen.
It's pretty clear he let a lot out during the process of this creation. And that's probably a big part of why this song holds so much impact to begin with. Although the vocals are heavy and can be powerful, it's that honesty that you cling on to.
Now, we can't all do what Jesse does. If only we could let out some of our feelings and emotion in the form of song maybe, you would be cathartic in a way. And maybe it is for Vega. It sure feels that way and it sure sounds that way as well.
There's also quite a bit about this single that feels cinematic and at some points has the ability to just let you get washed away with the soundscape of it all which in turn is quite a beautiful process.
At least it was for me. I think sometimes music is one of the best ways we have to feel and to let ourselves feel. And its songs like This that allows that to happen in my opinion, we need more of it.
With the release of such a wonderfully woven single, we had a chat with Jesse Vega see where this actually came from and what might be next for the artist.
Here's what happened.
Buzz Slayers: Let's kick things off with "Tell Me Lies". This track has a super honest approach and feels emotionally driven! Where did this single come from?
The single, originally, was conceived almost 2 years ago by my A&R Daniel Rodriguez, a good friend of mine for many years now wrote it as a poem. At the time, I was going through so many ups and downs emotionally and mentally of dealing with lost relationships and past situations and always searching for "Why'. 'Why certain relationships drift apart, why do 2 people never have a common ground of having closure and getting to the other side of handling the issue and moving past it. So I took what Danny gave me and I used my life experiences and realized the song started to become so raw and personal. Once it was done.... I mastered the art of making a record where it did not only focus on myself as a one- dimensional song but it became a universal record where everyone and anyone can relate to it.
Buzz Slayers: When did this all start for you? When did you fall in love with music?
Music started later in my early to mid 20's. I spoke about it in many past interviews but it was around when I was 24/25.
Buzz Slayers: What inspires you to write a song?
Many things may inspire me but I would say based on past experiences a lot of my best songs come from me hearing a melody in my head from scratch. Once I hear where the direction I want to go- the lyrics start pouring out and it becomes organic. It is very 50/50 where I would hear a beat and start coming up with lyrics and most of the time I would have a co-writer to help me execute the writing process. In this case, Danny presented me the song and I sat with it for a while and once it was time for me to express what I wanted to say I picked up the lyrics and started going from there. I must say for the first time in a long time I am proud of this record on how honest and real I got to express how I felt in that moment.
Buzz Slayers: This song has some great styles! Can you give us some of your top musical influences?
Thank you for paying attention to the detail in the song's musicality. I wanted to pay a homage to one of my favorite Justin Bieber album's 'Purpose"(2015). The way the production and lyrics and sound was at that time from beginning to end helped inspire the song especially the music. If you noticed during the break just before we get into verse 2 you hear a whale sound kind of similar to what his producer Poo-Bear and Skrillex created and I said I want that in the record to signify crying. Another inspiration was Mariah Carey's lyrical approach if you listen to my "Tell Me(Lies)" track on 1:48 end of verse 2 or what I like to call it the bridge because the melody changes. I was struggling for a few hours trying to end that last few chords on a close but didn't want to keep using the same melody. Then I listen to "We Belong Together" the section 1:57 where she talks rapping at a rapid pace to help me figure out my change in melody. I cant take all the credit most of the song's production and creation was all INV3RT.
Buzz Slayers: Who's in your headphones right now?
"Tell Me(Lies)" is currently on heavy rotation.
Buzz Slayers: Are you doing any live performances right now?
Currently we are in the winter time so it's the dead season. No live performances at the moment but in the future I would love to share and perform this song in an intimate space for my supporters.
Buzz Slayers: This track feels like a big undertaking, is there any advice you'd give to other up and coming artists out there?
The advice I can give is be yourself, don't listen to what people may think of what may be good for you if it dont feel right. Most importantly, be bold in your choices and never second guess anything.
Buzz Slayers: What can your fans expect from you in the near future?
In the near future I have a lot of great things coming up. On Jan 16,2023 my first ever Docu-Interview on my production company "J-V3GA Production'' will release a sit down interview discussing my 10 year career in tv/films and movies. The project is called "Act 1: A Decade Of Roles" only on youtube so look out for that. I also will be releasing my first ever short-film as my directorial debut in a crime/thriller titled "Room 702". I produced and starred and directed so I'm looking forward to that. Lastly, my vision for this song is to do a mini-short film music video for this song to hopefully be out next month.
Buzz Slayers: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
I want to tell my fans and supporters thank you for riding with me each and every day. I love you all and make sure you listen, stream and share "Tell Me(Lies)" it's available on all music outlets.