Jesse I

One the most respected reggae personalities in Australia, Jesse I is known around the world as an authority on Jamaican music, and a purveyor of the finest roots, reggae and dancehall sounds. Jesse I has been a fixture of the Melbourne airwaves since 1997, when he got his start with student radio station SRA FM (now SYN FM), before moving to the bigger public broadcaster PBS FM in 1999. Jesse’s reggae program Babylon Burning was recognised nationally with a CBAA Award for Excellence in Music Programming in 2015, and can now be heard weekly not only on PBS, but also around Australia on the Community Radio Network. In addition to hosting Babylon Burning, Jesse I also DJs and MCs reggae and dancehall music live, and is one half of reggae sound crew Chant Down, together with Ras Crucial. Over the last two decades, Jesse I has played literally thousands of gigs, ranging from bar and club residencies, through to countless international supports and festivals. Chant Down’s monthly More Fire party is a cornerstone of Melbourne’s reggae & dancehall scene, and Australia’s longest running reggae event, running continuously for over 17 years. Jesse I’s DJ sets draw on the entire history of Jamaican music, and can range from classic reggae and rocksteady selections on vintage 7” vinyl, through to the latest dancehall direct from Kingston; plus related sounds from around the world.