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If you're looking for The Basics EP, it is at unclejesseraps.bandcamp.com

Born and raised in the Pacific NW.
PORTLAND IS MY CITY. Find me on Facebook, twitter, tumblr and YouTube below. Feel free to leave comments and questions on all my shit.
First off I'm a real-time uncle, five times over. Four nieces and a nephew, and more on the way. I used to live in Hood River, OR, where I was working up at Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort in the daycare. I'm not gonna lie, i'm good with kids and they all loved me so much a few of them started to call me Uncle Jesse. That was the inspiration. The real, musical reason behind the name is this: for the past two years I've been meeting new people here and there, and once I mention that I make beats they're all like, "Oh you make beats?! I can rap I'm dope I'm a bit of an emcee myself blah blah blah". Then they proceed to show me their shit and it's just garbage. Not even close to my standard. The stuff I've been hearing for a long time has been nothing but CHILDISH, lyrics sound like they written by a fuckin fourth grader, beats sound like a small kid got a hold of fruity loops and started clickin shit. Nothing more, nothing less than bullshit. So I felt the need to step in and take charge of these little out of control kids, like your cool Uncle Jesse that no matter what you'd respect and listen to. There you have it.
I've been producing for ten years (as of September 2012), and believe me I started out as small as they come. My brother has taught me just about everything I know since the beginning, and there's no one I respect more in music than him. You can find him at CastaReid. When he first showed me Fruity Loops 5 back in 2002, I was amazed by what he was creating. I wanted to do it too, so I copped the program from the internet and sat down to explore. I didn't make any beats for weeks. Not because i didn't use the program, or try to, but what I actually started making first was piano solos. I was fascinated by the capability of FL's (Fruity Loop's) simple piano roll, and had a lot of fun arranging what I thought to be beautiful pieces that were five or six minutes long. Nothin' but piano and some reverb; like I said I started out real small. Over time I explored the program further and discovered newer sounds and quickly got an ear for tempo, pitch, chord progressions and an eye for good arrangement. I stuck with FL for about 7 years, trying to use the program to it's full potential, rising steady with skill, precision and speed. In 2009, my brother introduced me to Reason, a more professional DAW (digital audio workstation) that looked nothing short of awesome and way more complex. I wasn't scared though, I jumped right in fucking around with all kinds of different settings and stock sounds til I got the hang of it, and since then I've been using Reason to knock out some heavy hitters and smooth jams. I still have so much to learn about music and the technologies associated with it, but I'm already on my way to becoming a better artist than I could've ever imagined.

Uncle Jesse Beats Jesse Van Atta, Portland, United States

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