Jesse Barrera is a 30 year old producer / songwriter from San Diego, CA.
"...And here I am today. After 7 years of touring and playing in the rock band My American Heart, I found a love for creating records.”
Barrera, former guitarist of the band “My American Heart” recorded 2 full length records with the band. “The Meaning In Makeup” produced by Sal Villanueva (Taking Back Sunday, Thursday) and mixed by Matt Squire – (Katy Perry, 3oh3!) and the second album “Hiding Inside The Horrible Weather”, produced by James Paul Wisner, gained plenty of success in the underground rock scene.
“Whenever we were making records, I was always that annoying kid that never left the control room. That kid who always sat behind the producer and engineers, wide-eyed. I was just fascinated with the art of recording. Lots of people don’t realize how DIFFERENT it is from playing live. Making records is a snapshot of your life in musical form. Once it’s pressed – that’s it. You will remember it forever. Where you were, how it felt. There’s something so exhilarating about that to me and I live for it now”.
Barrera continues to find ways to jump around musical genres without fear. From ROCK to R&B, ACOUSTIC to HIP HOP, INDIE to COUNTRY. He has begun to develop a sound of his own in production which lies within all styles.
Barrera says. “Lot’s of people are always like– Yeah, I like everything except for country” – And I think they’re crazy! I just want to dip my hands into all of it, embrace it all. And at the end of the day – like I said – music is forever and making records is an art form of who you are creatively at that point in time. I’m glad I’ve got a few amazing records under my belt – I want to capture those moments until I can’t hear anymore.”
THE JB CAVE is a studio in San Diego, California. Presenting their artists and clients with a comfortable environment to make records and be creative. Barrera and his team have a knack for finding talent and shaping their music to be exceptional on record.
Q: Can you write a song with me?
A: Of course I can! Just go over to the contact section and e-mail me.
Q: Do you charge by the hour?
A: No – I charge per SONG. Go to the BOOKING section and contact me for rates.
Q: Can you help me with artwork / videos and other media for my project?
A: Yes. We have a team here that specialized in getting a record done. Top to bottom. From artwork, to simple videos, to even launching Kickstarter campaigns. We got you covered. Rates differ depending on what you want.
Q: Can you master my music?
A: Absolutely. Majority of the time we outsource to one of our closest partners. But we also do in house mastering.
Q: Can I engineer, intern?
A: I’m always looking for an assistant engineer and young / hungry interns. To apply – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Can I sit in on a session?
A: Sessions are usually closed – but if you are a friend of the artists – you are more than welcome to come visit.
Q: Can you play on my album? I’m not that good at playing.
A: This is what we do here at The JB Cave! We have a great group of studio musicians here waiting to play for you. They all have individual session rates that are very affordable.
Q: Can I stay at your place during the recording process?
A: Yes I can accomodate you here at the studio. We have a small guest room for our artists. There is a small utility fee for your stay.
Q: Do you work with anyone?
A: Yes – I work with anyone and everyone who is willing to try and create music! This is unless you have a bad attitude or hate Beagles.
Q: What should I bring on first day of recording?
A: Yourself, your instruments, demos, a great mindset and lyrics. BPM’s are always great too. (tempo’s of your song)
Q: Are we allowed to drink at the studio?
A: As long as you don’t break my stuff – Yes. Be responsible.
Q: Where is the studio located?
A: The studio is located in South San Diego, CA