Do you like Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, and Franz Ferdinand? Then, you’ll probably like the artist I’ll be talking about today.
Coming from Canada, Jesse Merineau is an Indie Pop-Rock singer and songwriter. Jesse released his first EP “That night” in 2018. He released his brand new song “She Knows” last month. The song is super catchy and fresh, it’s an amazing summer kick-off!
We talk to him and get to know him better:
indieBerlin: Hi Jesse, first of all, could you introduce yourself and your music to our readers who don’t know you yet?
JM: Hey! My name is Jesse Merineau. I’m a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. I grew up loving all music, but I was heavily inspired by bands such as Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks, and Franz Ferdinand. My first instrument was the drums, but I fell in love with being a frontman at the age of 18.
My goal is to release music true to my heart, and perform all across the world. The closest way to describe my genre is Indie Pop-Rock. It is easy to hear the European inspiration in my songs, although you can feel the deep Canadian roots as well.
My goal is to release music true to my heart, and perform all across the world.
indieBerlin: What’s your biggest inspiration when it comes to music?
JM: Interesting question, you’re asking “What’s” not the more common “Who’s” my biggest inspiration when it comes to music. I appreciate this question, as it’s my first time being asked! My biggest inspiration in music, is seeing successful artists promote peace and love. I know that sounds lame, but I’m a bit of a hippie at heart. I think spreading positivity through the vibrations of the universe has more power than we understand.
indieBerlin: For you, what’s the biggest success you’ve achieved in your music career so far?
JM: The biggest success I’ve received in my opinion, isn’t any amount of streams or likes. Its receiving handwritten letters, hand made crafts, and fan art. The fact that someone has reached out to thank me for releasing my music on a personal level, is a lot more touching than I thought it would be. It’s a bit surreal to think that I can be a role model to so many people.
indieBerlin: Besides music, what are the two most important things for you in your life?
JM:Besides music, the two most important things in my life are my partner and my family. I’m going to break the rules and throw in the third most too. Espresso!
indieBerlin: What do you love most about being on stage?
JM:What I love most about being on stage, is feeding off the energy from the audience. It doesn’t matter how tired, how many blisters, how hot, or how nervous I am. Once the crowd is cheering and dancing, I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be. Then, I can put on my best performance with ease.
Once the crowd is cheering and dancing, I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be.
indieBerlin: If you weren’t an artist, what job would you do?
JM:If I wasn’t a musical artist, I would be a barista. I love making peoples day by serving them with their favourite drink done to the best of my abilities.
indieBerlin: If you had to describe your life with one song, which one would it be and why?
JM: If I had to describe my life with one song… “From The Ritz To The Rubble” by Arctic Monkeys. This song is so descriptively written in such a unique way. Describing the stupidity of young adults, and the bad choices most of us have made at the bars. Listening to it brings me right back to 19 when I had a lack of self-control. Something about that song will always make me feel young at heart when I hear it.
indieBerlin: For our readers who are/are going to Canada, which music spot would you recommend them?
JM:If anyone is going to Canada, I would suggest visiting Toronto. It has so much going on, with tons of cool music hubs. Personally, I’ve performed at “The Horseshoe Tavern” on tour. Legendary acts such as The Rolling Stones, The Police, Etta James, The Ramones, and so many more have rocked that venue.
indieBerlin: Are you planning on touring in Germany any time soon?
JM: I would IN A HEART BEAT. I’m currently working with a team to shop record labels across Europe. The second I have the fan base and budget to book a tour, I’ll be there. Germany is a beautiful country! I’ve also noticed a good chunk of my Spotify streams are from Germany, maybe the fan base is growing faster than I thought!
iB: Are you planning on touring in Germany any time soon? JM: I would IN A HEART BEAT.
indieBerlin: For what can we wish you luck in the future, what are you dreaming to achieve?
JM:If I needed your wish of luck on anything, it would definitely be that I stay healthy on my journey to success in the music industry. The road is long, both physically and mentally. I need to stay aware of my thoughts and feelings, because sometimes the stress and anxiety can be overwhelming.
I highly recommend you to keep an eye on this very promising artist! Unfortunately, he’s not coming in Germany any time soon, but in the meantime, you can follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Soundcloud.
Photo credit: Alexa Fantham