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DJ ICU, born Jesse Dean Goffin September 10th, 1976 was born into a musical family. His father Gerry Goffin wrote with then wife Carole King as one of the fame Brill Building writers and cranked out hits such as "Take Good Care of my Baby," "Up on the Roof," "The Locomotion," "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Some Kind of Wonderful," "Who But the Bomp," "Every Breath I Take," "Keep You Hand Off my Baby," "Go Away Little Girl," "One Fine Day," "Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby," "I'm Into Something Good," " " "Pleasant Valley Sunday," "Don't Bring Me Down," "Going Back," (Sung by Dusty Springfield, but later The Birds and featured on the "Easy Rider" Soundtrack as well as The Birds "Wasn't Born to Follow," "Hey Girl," "Halfway to Paradise," "Chains" (sung by The Beatles as well as Aretha Franklin). Speaking of Aretha, Gerry Goffin also wrote the lyrics to "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," Diana Ross' Academy Award Nominated "Them from Mahogany," Blood Sweat and Tears "Hi-De-Ho," Glady's Pip's "I've Got to Use My Imagination," the psychedelic "Porpoise Song" for the Monkees post Don Kirschner's Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band inspired Monkees alternative LSD album, it was a flop, but later "The Porpoise Song" would be used in Tom Cruise's Film "Vanilla Sky" to much critical success. Jesse's father also wrote songs such as "Someone that I Used to Love," "Tonight I Celebrate My Love," "Smackwater Jack," on Carole Kings seminal solo album "Tapestry," "Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love for You," "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love for You," (Next to a certain Rick Astley track, this may be the second hardest tune to get out of your head after you've heard it. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing?) more recently Natalie Cole's "Miss You Like Crazy," and Jesse's favorite of his father's song Rod Stewart's "It's Not the Spotlight," later covered beautifully by Beth Orten. More in fo on Jesse's father's career can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Goffin, and here http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1132342/ . Due to his father's career, Jesse spent much of his early years in the studio with his father. Gerry often insisted in producing the demo version of many of these songs, and often stayed involved in the final versions with the artists. This is where Jesse first fell in love with the music creation process, and the love of musical equipment, specifically the mix room, with the board and effects, he would sit as famous engineers like Tom Dowd would shape and sculpt the sound of a reared through the use of these at the time mystical machines. Growing up in both Beverly Hills with his father, and Woodstock N.Y. with his mother was an interesting dichotomy. Woodstock was home to Grateful Dead Fans, and still in the 80's was very connected to the modern psychedelic movement. He remembers his mother and friends throwing ecstasy parties in the early 80's before the substance was illegal. Jesse rebelled against the hippie sound, and first became heavily influenced by early Hip Hop. Mix radio pioneers in New York City like Kool DJ Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Marley Marl, and Mr. Magick first brought the sound to Jesse's ears. Growing up in the Catskill Mountains, Jesse was able to pick up these NYC radio station mix shows by screwing the cable into the radio receiver. First influenced by the sounds of artists like Public Enemy, The Jungle Brothers, De La Soul, KRS-One, Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, and other Native Tongue members. It wasn't till 1992, when he first heard Scott Richmond DJ on the local Woodstock radio station did he truly find his passion. Sneaking out of his house after midnight, he walked to radio station, opened the door walked up to the booth and was welcomed by Scott, and was allowed to listen and watch. He was amazed. He began attending raves like the early Storm Raves, and soon became a fixture at Scotto's legendary NASA. He started saving for turntables working at a local ice cream store, and eventually got his technique 1200's and a very basic Vestax Mixer. Initially he honed his skills playing initially hip hop, once he became more immersed in the scene attending the now legendary limelight, Club USA, and after-hours Save the Robots, he became more familiar with New York City and found stores to purchase electronic music. Stores like the legendary Liquid Sky, and later Satellite Records, he later worked for Satellite Records, and can't credit Scott Richmond, and Jonathan "Mr. Kleen" Kadish enough for helping immerse him in the early east coast rave scene. He was 15, and they acted as much as mentors as friends. Jesse eventually moved to Rhode Island for College, and later Chicago, all the while DJ'ing and honing his skills. He has shared a stage DJing with legends such as Derek Carter, Mark Farina, SF's John Howard, Spun, Philly's Nigel Richards, Josh Wink, Ny's Joeski, Sameer, Ryde, Onionz, Scott Richmond, Mr. Kleen, rave regulars like Micro, James Christian, Scott Henry, Dale Charles, Osheen, Adam Warped, hip hop DJ Stretch Armstrong, in Chicago he shared stages with Terry Mullen, DJ Heather, Danny the Wildchild, DJ Colette, Glenn Underground, Green Velvet, Paul Johnson, and many others. He held a residency at the Legendary House of Blues weekly "Juice," as well as a weekly residency at the "Dragon Room" and co created and held a residency at another noteworthy weekly "Chrome" the first weekly event to fuse together Spoken Word Poetry, Drum and Bass Hip Hop and host an open mike allowed MC's to flex there skills. From Chicago Jesse moved to los Angeles and began a career in music Production, working at Nightbird Studios, then known as The Studio at the Sunset Marquis. Over the years he worked with such artists as Madonna, Jeff Beck, Aerosmith, Musiq Soulchild, Mary J Blige, Shaggy, Jimmy Page, Tom Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, John Oates, legendary song writer Jeff Barry, and many others. He began working on his own productions mainly Hip Hop, and worked with producers and artists such as Scott Storch, Kanye West, Warren G, Mirwais and Stuart Price, Chingy, Onyx, (Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Star,) D-12 (Eminem's group project), Tash from the Alkaholics, and the Liquid Crew members. He also worked on fully solo produced projects with indie hip hop artist like Non Genetic, Tes-Won aka Tesley Snipes, The Shadow Hunterz, Bonus Maximus, Minnesota internet radio superstar Eugene Brown and many other. He also began producing his unique style of electronic dance music, heavily dub and ethane influenced dance music, and down tempo beats. Recently Jesse has been DJing and producing Dubstep, his latest release "Gunmen Dub" is available of Sublife Records out of San Francisco (you can purchase the single at Itunes, Beatport, and many other online music sites. When the studio over went a large and lengthy renovation, he bagman doing some film, television an animation sound design, composing and editing, including some 5.1 mixes, before finally getting fed up with fakeness of LA, and moving to San Francisco. There he honed his dustup DJing and production techniques. This new style of music invigorated Jesse, who before was DJing freestyle sets including everything from Disco and RareGroove, to Hip Hop, and Balkan Funk Bands. Due to a family illness Jesse recently relocated to Cincinnati Ohio. Fearing there wouldn't be a vibrant dance music scene, he was proved wrong. The Dubstep movement was moving ahead strong, and the future now seems the limit. He Next DJ's at Pressure 11 on July 29th, with local legends Royal Sound System.