SWEEEZY is the EDM project of multimedia producer Jake Swesey. He has studied with Grammy-winning producer Jim Linahon as well as Markus Burger of Septer Media. He is the Webmaster for the Beta Nu chapter of Phi Mu Alpha – Sinfonia as well as the incoming Web Director for KULT Radio. Jake will be graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Music & Multimedia Production.
Entertwine: What led you to pursue a career in music?
Music has always been a part of my life as early as I can remember, I slowly quit other extracurriculars in school for music-related ones and realized that music would always be a part of my life. I studied music in college and quickly realized that a degree in strictly music wasn’t for me, I was also very interested in multimedia production, so I found a program that let me combine the two majors and I will be graduating from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. in Music & Multimedia Production!
What experiences or life events have shaped your music?
Currently, I think my music is shaped a lot by my high school career. I listened to a lot of rock music and played drums in several bands, I think that kind of aggressiveness definitely shows in my music. Skrillex’s Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites EP and Excision’s Existence EP both came out my senior year of high school which really got me into dubstep and propelled my interest into college.
Who or what influences you to write and perform?
I had tinkered a little bit with dubstep right out of high school, but there was one performance that I will never forget. My sophomore year of college, me and some friends went to see GRiZ in Iowa City. I had just been introduced to his music that week and was absolutely blown away by his live performance! The way he blended hip hop, funk, dubstep and many genres while playing live saxophone really spoke to me as an instrumentalist and showed me how wide of a spectrum electronic music can be.
What are some of the most exciting live performances you’ve been a part of?
Some of my most exciting live performances have not been under my project SWEEEZY, but rather with the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club. I have been fortunate to be able to go on two international tours with the glee club and perform sacred music in multiple cathedrals across Europe including St. Stephen’ Cathedral in Vienna. The most inspiring part of the trips is singing on the streets of Europe and watching the number of people listening to us expand exponentially! You can really get a sense of the thousands of years of culture that Europe has that the United States just doesn’t have yet.
What is in store for you for the rest of 2015?
I will be focusing a lot on school for the rest of 2015. I plan to graduate the spring of 2016 so I need to make sure that I am squared away for that. I also will be beginning my role as the Web Director for UNI’s 95 KULT Radio station! With that I plan to start a weekly radioshow/podcast for electronic music and bring in local DJ’s to mix back to back with me, it should be an interesting end to the year!