Introducing Jesse Wilde
Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Jesse Wilde, singer-songwriter, was was raised on the music of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Paul Simon, Bob Seger, and Fleetwood Mac – to name some of the more prominent artists in his parent's record collection.
From a young age Jesse was in the process of creating a 'sound' blending these international influences with his own unique Alternative Country Rock flavour.
Jesse went on to develop his own musical interests including the sounds of popular rock and southern rock artists, such as Springsteen, Mellencamp, and Dylan, and the vibrant uptempo alternative country rock beat of Steve Earle & the Dukes.
By the age of fourteen Jesse had been playing guitar for two years and was in his first garage band. Three years later he was performing regularly with a number of bands as a singer/guitarist, and at the same time completing studies in Architectural Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management / Cost Engineering.
Jesse's first major band was the well known Auckland folk, rock and blues combo, Acoustic Attitude.
Acoustic Attitude played a very successful mix of popular covers and original songs, many of which were written by Jesse. Before calling it quits in 1994, Acoustic Attitude had played many residencies around the Auckland area, and toured New Zealand several times attracting a very large and loyal following.
The secret of the Attitude's success was the accessible repertoire: a mix of folk, rock, blues, southern rock and R&B, which appealed to a wide range of audiences at many popular venues including The Gluepot, Nag's Head, Water Jump, The Horse & Trap, Java Jive and Pier 21, along with many festivals, private functions and corporate events. They were in demand, fully professional and fully booked every week.
It is the vitality and energy behind this success that Jesse Wilde has brought into his solo career.
After Acoustic Attitude, Jesse went solo and recorded various singles. His first solo album titled, Jesse Wilde – I'm Still Looking , includes 16 of Jesse's original compositions. This was his seventh recording project since Acoustic Attitude's Live Attitude recorded live at Auckland's infamous venue, The Gluepot, during a packed concert in 1993.
Jesse toured extensively overseas where he visited the UK, Europe and North America on a 'Rock Pilgrimage' of his musical influences. Along the way he met with John 'Cougar' Mellencamp, Bob Seger and Steve Earle. One of Jesse's songs was also selected by the Don Williams Music Publishing Group at the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase.
During this first USA trip, Jesse 'sounded out' record labels; visited Mellencamp's recording studio a number of times, and met and played with both John Mellencamp's and Steve Earle's band members.
Upon returning from his first USA trip, Jesse Wilde based himself back in Auckland and formed a new band, Fiesta Drive, which enjoyed much success in New Zealand, playing a large number of successful gigs all over the country.
Off stage, Jesse has built his own professional state-of-the-art recording studio.
It was in this studio that Jesse mixed the audio for Fiesta Drive's first DVD, filmed live at the Kings Arms Tavern in Auckland, on 7 April 2004. This is also where Jesse recorded and produced his second solo studio album, self titled, Jesse Wilde; as well as various projects for other popular New Zealand artists.
Jesse Wilde spent another six months in the USA in 2005 writing and performing in LA, Texas, New York, Chicago and Nashville. He co-wrote the song Ghost Town Road with Rick Beresford, who has a gold record for a song he wrote for George Jones titled, If Drinking Doesn't Kill Me her Memory Will.