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June is here. I’m still here.

Hey y’all! Just wanted to check in say what’s up! All is well over here! Just wanted to update you guys on some things that have been happening in the studio and everywhere else in my world!

Just got back from an amazing trip from Seoul Korea playing guitar for Jeff Bernat at the Seoul Jazz Festival. I worked on both of his records “The Gentleman Approach” and “Modern Renaissance” alongside JBird so it was great to bring the songs to life in front of some EPIC crowds. Here are a few shots from the trip.

Right Behind Jeff

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Night two crowd

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The Band

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Still adjusting back slowly but surely!

Prior to the trip worked on some pretty amazing projects. Spent all of April working on Ryan Mitchell Grey‘s debut solo LP. This record was such an amazing one to make. He brought the record to me in August and I decided to call JBird to co-produce it. It became honestly one of my favorite records that I have produced TO DATE. So I’m excited for everyone to hear it. Here is a glimpse of what we did in the studio!

Kickstarter campaign // Album teaser

Studio shots // Ryan, JBird and I
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Ryan’s first single “Knock Off” from the LP “NE PLUS ULTRA” drops everywhere digitally June 9th. Mark your calendars.
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Worked on another rad single for up and coming indie rock band ROYALJAG. The song I produced called “Jungle” just released June 1st and you can peep it here!!! Expect an EP from these guys later on this year. Great vibes.


I had been a HUGE fan of Tim Koda for years. His songwriting is ridiculously amazing and I’ve been beggin’ him to come to the Cave to work. We finally got a chance to collab on some tunes this year. We’re in the mastering process of his single “The Feelin’”.
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Keep an eye out for a debut EP I produced earlier this year for Anthony Alvarado titled “Still”. One of the most heartfelt and PERSONAL records I have ever produced. Amazing message, amazing lyrics and a truly amazing story. It drops 9/1/15.
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Jeremy Passion is currently working on his new LP and I had the pleasure of working on one of the tracks. It’s called “Everything To Lose”. Release date is yet to be announced but expect it soon! In love with this one.
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Just a little bit of what I’ve been up to these past few months! Got some exciting projects soon! Hope you’re ready :)

Artists — Booking for late fall. Offering some great deals. Hit me and let’s create! or hit me in the contact section.

So many things! Such little time!

Man oh man! Time sure does fly. I was having my routine morning cup of coffee and realized it’s already APRIL and I haven’t updated you all since mid January. Shame on me — But hey I’ve been keepin’ busy here in my world of creation.

The first quarter of this year brought some young and serious talent to the studio. Started an EP with a great new artist named Nelson Romantic. Was such a fun record to do and super excited for people to hear the production on this one! Big drums / Big guitars / Killer vocals over some aggressive indie riffs.

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Spent a good amount of time writing an EP with up an up and coming indie rock band from Vegas called “The Runaway Lives“. Spent some time in January writing 5 tunes and revamping their sound and tracked the album for two weeks in February. Real stoked on this one cause I was a big part of writing the tunes with them. Super anthemic / dancy / and full of fist pumping shouty choruses. Fans of Fall Out Boy, The 1975 and classic pop punk will be into these guys. Currently working on a video for their debut song “Kings & Queens” which will be directed by the very talented Andrew Rose. Known for his work with Tori Kelly, JR Aquino and many others.

February also brought young singer / songwriter and San Diego local Chelsey Chavez to the Cave. Some fun beachy, acoustic pop tunes in the vein of Anuhea, Colbie Caillat with a bit of a country flair on some of the tunes. This was a great record. This album will be dropping in May. Co-wrote this entire EP with her and also got to sing on a cool duet titled “Back To The Start“. chels

March brought one of my good friends Chrizle Chrizle. Worked on a fun 7 track EP. This one was a blast! During our production meeting she was adamant about making sure that there were NO RULES in the creation of the songs. Which was a treat for me because I’ve grown accustomed to structure’s. We definitely went the experimental route on a lot of the production. Using lots of interesting compression / eq’s / guitar tones and drum tones as well. This EP is full of crunch, dirt, and wet reverbs all over the place. A very visual batch of songs that I enjoyed mixing. Be on the lookout for this!

M/S room mic’s on the drums for the Chrizle Chrizle EP.

As of now — Writing with the insanely rad Kendra Mckenzie. Co-producing this dance / house / funk album with none other than JBird who is known for his work with Jeff Bernat on his albums “The Gentleman Approach” and “Modern Renaissance“.
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Some new additions to the studio! — The Alan Smart C2 + Bogner Shiva 2×12 with EXT cab.

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The rest of 2014 is looking to be an exciting one. Will be working with AJ Rafael on a secret little project that we’ll share soon in May, an EP with Andrew Garcia and a brand new full length with Ryan Mitchell Grey. Hope you are ready for these!

And that’s about it for this update! Hope all is well in your world. Keep creating, keeping being awesome, and keep on with your dreams. Love to you all and thanks for following me and the team through this journey. Talk soon.

-Jesse Barrera