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ABOUT JESSE

A kiwi musician's journey

Born to a Buckland’s Beach sailing family, Jesse Wilde started playing the guitar at age eleven after watching a TV rerun of the Elvis'68 Comeback Special. Jesse played in a couple of garage bands as a kid, before working in a Quantity Surveying/Construction Project Management. He quit this job to gig and record with his first serious band, Acoustic Attitude before going on to record a solo project when the band ended.

 

Jesse then embarked on a music-inspired journey of the United States where he met his three music heroes; John Mellencamp, Bob Seger and Steve Earle. Upon his return to New Zealand, Jesse started recording his second solo project with a new band while also studying for a New Zealand Certificate in Contemporary Music Performance Art. At the same time, he got signed to what turned out to be a frustrating record label deal, compelling him to build his own home studios. Jesse now works from his second studio, a former derelict inner-city meth lab that he and his partner, Cath have transformed into Studio 38.

 

Jesse's current band Wilde Taylor is an Americana duo he formed with Ed Taylor. So far, they have recorded two albums Don’t Blame It On Me, and Broadway Cowboy, They regularly perform gigs around Auckland and other parts of New Zealand's North Island.