Jessie berlin

What was your introduction to music and who were your early influences? Do you have any formal training?

It started when I was about 5 or 6 years old. My best friend was playing Suzuki violin in the local Santa Fe Youth Orchestra. I thought that was cool, so my parents got me a violin and I joined. I took violin lessons for a while as well. At age 9 I became very bored and uninterested in the violin. Refusing to practice, my parents I think told me to pick a different instrument. My dad had a acoustic guitar. One day he was playing and strumming some simple chords for me and the sound and everything about it seemed so much cooler to me. I then started guitar. My biggest early influences for sure were the Rolling Stones and especially Led Zeppelin. Not long after I heard Jimi Hendrix and AC/DC. Those four really set the rock 'n' roll early influences for me. I took guitar lessons all the way up until high school when I auditioned for a performance arts high school (ISOMATA) outside Los Angeles, California. I studied Jazz and Jazz guitar there for a couple years. I also studied Jazz at the New York Jazz Academy for a bit.

Do you have a musical family?

My mom’s side of the family is very artistic. My uncle is a great acoustic blues guitar player and my cousin used to be a musician. However my uncle and cousin are the only people in my whole family who have ever played music.

Describe some of the most exciting concerts you've been to.

Seeing the Rolling Stones when I was very young was a very exciting and entertaining experience. Some of my favorite concerts I've experienced were Jazz Fusion shows in the clubs in the Village of New York. Seeing artists there such as Steve Lukather with Toxic Monkey, Robben Ford, and Mike Stern with Randy Brecker, John Patitucci, and Dave Weckl.

Tell me about your first bands

My first band was with my best friend and another few friends from elementary school. We played at my best friend's Bar Mitzvah. We also liked to jam a lot. I also played in the Jazz big bands in middle school.

What is your practice routine.

I separate my playing and practicing into different days or separate categories. I usually play 4-5 days a week. I will actually sit down and practice maybe 1-2 days a week. Sometimes none at all during the week. When I sit down to practice I will practice for hours strait. When I was a bit younger I used to practice everyday for many hours.

Describe the depth of your connection to music as a soloist and a creative spirit. Feel free to wax poetic.

I can make people pay attention to me and most importantly I can get my anger and other emotions out. I do think music connects and brings people together in the best sort of ways. What about fashion? Whatever the individual likes wearing I think looks the best. For performing I do think you can never go wrong with some long hair, some tight pants/spandex, and a shirt or blazer you would find in your Grandmother's closet.

What do you see in the future for Rickity?

Hopefully 80's Metal and Hard Rock . Let’s please bring back the 80's metal!