Jesse Markin is the artist that just keeps on giving.
Raised in Finland, Liberian-born singer Jesse Markin fuses compontents of indie pop, rap, rnb, and African folk to create a dynamic soundscape.
In his younger years, Jesse atracted unwanting attention, being a young black boy growing up in a small Finnish village. After developing a passion for the English language, he devoured TV Shows, Films and Music; taking a liking to US Rappers.
In talks of his new single ‘Stars in your Eyes’, the singer says:
“the past year has been a struggle. At times it felt like fear, hate and prejudices are the only thing surrounding us but at the same time we’ve been able to witness unprecedented strength and compassion as we’ve been tearing down our old monuments and building new.”
Hey Jesse, Welcome to BBM! How are you today?
Just wrapped up with my dance practice and about to enjoy a banana coconut smoothie. I’m good
Have the days changed much since the pandemic broke out?
Definitely. Traveling is much more difficult nowadays therefore doing shows becomes a challenge. Luckily we have the internet. I’ve been streaming live shows frequently throughout the year and connecting with people. I’ve also been writing new music so to me it’s all about how to keep a creative flow going.
Can you tell us about your new single ‘Stars in Your Eyes’?
It’s a song about unity. This past year we have faced huge adversities and yet we keep pushing. With Covid 19 and the murder of George Floyd i saw people come together in ways I’ve never witnessed before and I felt like people are getting ready to build something new. Stars in your eyes is a metafore for that desire. Like I know that you feel what I feel cos I’ve seen it too.
When creating new music, which part of the process do you enjoy the most?
Probably the mixing part. At that point you already have the structure of the song and an idea of how it should play out. Now you just get to have fun with it and maybe discover new things.
Are you creative in non-musical ways too?
Well kinda. Visually. I draw and enjoy art and fashion. So maybe that counts?
Do you remember the first song you wrote?
‘Behind the Dark Sky’. I wrote it in eighth grade. I don’t remember much of it but it was like a rap-rock ballad with very dark themes because I’ve always been dramatic like that. Lol
If you could create your own ideal festival line-up, which 3 acts would you choose as headliners, and why?
Just because they are all outstanding artist and a pleasure to watch.
Finally, what can we expect from you next?
As my first was more focused on what is going on around me, the next one will be more focused on the inside. The most cliché thing I could say is that the next one is much more personal than my debut. Still exploring different genres and sounds but over all an intimate album.