Are you an artist and/or producer? What motivated our inspired you to launch Gemtracks?
I am both an artist and producer. I started releasing my own music in 2017 after taking some music production courses.
As a composer, I was struggling to find meaningful work. I mean, I did get a few gigs working for some labels however my music was always dictated by the higher ups. So when my contract ended, I decided to launch my own online store where artists can buy beats to use in their own releases.How did you get started in music? When did you decide a life in the music biz was something you wanted to pursue?
I started taking musical lessons when I was around 7. Despite growing up with music, it wasn’t something that I wanted to make as my career. However, as I got into high school and became influenced my pop and commercial music on the radio, I was invited to take a music production class. It was so different from composing music because now I had to learn the different frequencies of sound, and effects like reverb and delay. Eventually I figured it was something I wouldn’t mind doing.
You also offer informative guides through Gemtracks.com. What led you to offer insight and advice to others?
After seeing the success of Gemtracks, some of my friends in the music industry suggested I turn the website into a public marketplace where anyone can buy and sell beats. Since it was attracting so many people, I thought it could also be a platform for me to educate and advise new musicians on how to make it in the business. As of today, there are close to 200 articles. I have also released a free eBook.What has been the biggest challenge(s) launching and building your own instrumental marketplace?
A marketplace is a business, so not only did I need to have the knowledge on how to make the things I sell (instrumental beats), I also had to learn how to make websites, design graphics, do marketing, and things of these nature. They were so hard to begin with, and I had to read tons of books to get my entrepreneur spirit up. However after several years and making so many mistakes, I am glad that things are starting to work out.What was the last song you listened to?
I’ve been going through a lot of songs from 2005 on Spotify. The last song I listened to was actually Faith Hill’s Mississippi Girl.Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s?
I prefer CDs because of all three formats, they hold the most data. I mean, with the CD, I can then create vinyls and MP3s out of it right?How about this one…. Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why?
I prefer online streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music because it is because of them that the music industry is starting to see light again. For so many years, artists have been struggling to get paid. Now with these new services, even grandparents are subscribing.Where is the best place to connect with you online and discover more music?
You can search me on Spotify: Jesse Neo
Who are some of your musical heros?
I have so many musical heros that I don’t even know where to start. As I said, I grew up listening to classical music so those early composers like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach still hold dear to my heart. In terms of modern music, I really look up to everyone from Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Margin Garrix and even Michael Jackson.
If you could play with any 3 bands living or dead who would they be and why?
I would love to collaborate with The Band Perry, The Chicks and Little Big Town.