Long Island native and rising star Jesse James Martin has been a music producer & photographer since the young age of 12, dropping out of high school at 16 to pursue his dreams against all odds. A contender in the underground and underworld of independent music since 2006. From struggling to reach success to working with a spectrum of talent including Psychopathic Records & Native World’s Anybody Killa (ABK) to the Emmy-nominated T.O.N.E-z (performer of theme song for the critically acclaimed TV show ‘Justified’ on FX.)
After producing tracks off the recent T.O.N.E-z album High Voltage (Sittin In My Room & Trapped), creating, filming & editing various music videos for various artists including T.O.N.E-z, Molly Gruesome, Kenny Orlando & Anybody Killa (ABK), Jesse has earned over 50,000 video views & song plays collectively among various projects he has put out or participated in creating since 2010 alone.
We recently caught up with Jesse and you can see the results below…
Almighttty: Who is Jesse James?
Jesse James: A Hip Hop music producer & recognized photographer since the young age of 12, i dropping out of high school at 16 to pursue my dreams against all odds. Being a juggalo since a very young age i found myself diving into the underground world of music with my visions, dreams & goals
Almighttty: Who have you worked with?
Jesse James: From struggling to reach success to working with a spectrum of talent i’ve worked with local homies from where I’ve grown up with to working with artists such as Psychopathic Records & Native World’s own Anybody Killa (ABK) to the Emmy-nominated T.O.N.E-z (The performer of theme song for the critically acclaimed TV show ‘Justified’ on FX.) I’ve currently been producing tracks for underground hip hop artists as well as trying to connect with more established artists to create more music as well as reaching out with photography & music video services
Almighttty: You recently directed ABK’S “I’m Comin Swingin”, it was posted on PsychopathicRecords youtube channel so it is a official release, how did that video come about? It’s rare that PSY uses a outside director as opposed to in house.
Jesse James: I was on the Holiday Blast Tour riding with an opening artist who I was working on film & video projects with at the time when I was introduced to Killa backstage. We talked and we’re cool growing up being a juggalo I’m a huge fan, I got further opportunities to kick it with him backstage and show him some of my video work and production when he asked if I’m down to do a video off Medicine Bag his latest album at the next tour date. Of course I was down so at the next stop in Virginia I was brought downstairs & backstage to meet up with Killa when he began to explain which song he wanted to film & that a juggalo in the crowd operates a haunted house attraction down from the venue and gave us permission to shoot there and that he also wanted me to film his entire live set to use video clips from. We went on stage, I filmed as he performed his set with massive energy then we went to the house after the show & filmed for about 3 hours. Back in NY I edited the video together and drove out to Ballas in Detroit to give it to him on a burned DVD after his performance. Not too long after that I got a text message from Killa saying he loved it and it came out dope and it was uploaded to NWIWarrior’s video channel & not too much later it was put on PsychopathicVideo also, so yes, it’s an official release but I was just lucky enough to be able to do an out of house video for Psychopathic
Almighttty: Will we see you working with more future PSY artists?
Jesse James: I want to film & edit more projects for as many PSY artists as possible as well as instrumentally & musically produce music for them, I’m in contact so I guess we will see, but, It’s a big goal of mine & I’d love to
Almighttty: What are your next projects?
Right now producing records & filming videos for a few upcoming underground artists as well as producing solo projects. I Have an upcoming remix mixtape coming out called The Mix Up featuring the single ‘Somethin’ Kinda Lyrical’
Almighttty: Who would you like to work with?
Jesse James: ICP, Twiztid, Blaze, Mike E. Clark, Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Kottonmouth Kings
Almighttty: What are your future goals?
Jesse James: I want to aspire to become one of the best Hip Hop producers of all time & also considered a great and possible award winning film maker & music video director. I want to be a creative force of nature.
Almighttty: Where can people get in touch for videos?
Jesse James: They can email me at [email protected] for anything they need done. Music, Video, Photos ETC