Jesse is a DJ, musician and sound artist based in NYC. He has been making mix tapes since he was old enough to operate a tape player and started his dangerously hoarder-esque record collection at age 10. His tastes run eclectic from 60’s soul to 80’s new wave to post-punk to hip-hop/R&B of all eras.
After a two-year DJ residency at Brooklyn bar Nita Nita, Jesse moved to Beijing where he transferred to another DJ residency, and upon his return to NY, started to get poached for weddings, mitzvahs and various parties/events. He curates each setlist to suit the needs of the clients, their guests and play to the environment. He is very good at reading and charming the crowd, and has never met a party he couldn’t be a part of.
He is also a recording/touring musician involved in many projects (most notably, SONTAG SHOGUN) which has brought him around North America, Europe and Asia, where he has performed and DJ’d for the last 10 years. He also creates interactive sonic installations for galleries and performances in NYC and abroad.
Jesse is also a huge sci-fi/fantasy fan and he would love to geek out with you over X-Men, Star Trek and lots of obscure films and music.
“My wife and I had an amazing wedding day, and a big part of that was the music! I’m in a band, and my wife and I share a love for music and concerts, so we knew music had to be an important part of our wedding, the biggest celebration of our lives. Our DJ, Jesse, played exactly the kind of music we envisioned, and even surprised us! My uncle is a huge music buff, and after all the vows and speeches and desserts and even live music, his favorite part of the wedding was hearing Jesse play a favorite song from the 60’s he had forgotten about. Professional, timely, and personable—can’t recommend enough!” -Reid
“Jesse DJ’d our wedding last May, and we were extremely happy with his service! From our initial meeting, Jesse was communicative and seemed to really understand the music vibe that we were looking for. Every one of the songs we requested (and we had some eclectic requests) was played and Jesse’s playlist had our guests on their feet and dancing throughout the night!” – Sarah
“My partner and I had a bollywood hoedown three-day indian wedding at a summer camp and JESSE PERLSTEIN was the perfect choice for getting both families (West Indian/British and Canadian east coasters/Calgary cowboys) as well as our Montreal/New York crew dancing together all night. He DJed the dinner and seamlessly worked in and out of speeches, setting the perfect ambiance for a never-ending night we will always remember.
Jesse was there with us all weekend, minding every little detail. His experimental ambient classical electronic band actually played during our Hindu ceremony in the morning and incorporated some of our favourite Indian instrumental songs while we performed the marriage rituals onstage.
Super sociable, and bringing such a wide range of musical tastes to the tables, he evidently ‘felt’ what the crowd was feeling and never skipped a beat. I was so impressed that he nailed it set after set and perfectly mirrored our vision for the various parts of the weekend.
He took our disparate selection of faves and expressed his dynamic range proving that he is an artist who enhances emotions with his chosen medium. The best part for me was how he framed our most obscure requests in a way that our guests could appreciate and enjoy with us.
If you want to go beyond ‘party’ and enter into the collective heart as a beating drum then go with Jesse; we’re so happy that we did.” -D&J
“Jesse Perlstein DJed at our wedding, and he was fantastic. He was willing to come to our place in advance of the big day to go over specifics on our very particular playlist, to ensure that we got the songs we wanted guaranteed, eliminated old stand by songs that we didn’t want, and he was able to adjust on the fly at the ceremony to keep things fun an lively throughout the evening. He was also willing to travel the 6 hours north of where we all live in order to help us on this special day. Best day of our lives!” -Tom
“Jesse was the DJ for our wedding and I was very happy with the job he did. He played all the songs that we requested, and dug deep into his own extensive archives to match our tastes and keep the dance party going all night, even after we left! He was even able to take on the fly requests from attendees once our set-list ran out. We also hired him to be the MC and to do the announcements, which he did with genuine enthusiasm, not canned at all. He was very professional, respectful, and listened to everything we wanted and brought his own flair to the party (red bow-tie and suspender). I would recommend him to anyone as a great, friendly, professional, and respectful wedding dj.” -Sam
“Me and my (now) husband had every part of our wedding planned out except for the DJ. We didn’t know where to start looking and I was TERRIFIED of getting ‘your dad’s’ corny DJ. Luckily we came across JESSE PERLSTEIN and he was the best person for the job. He spent a LOT of time discussing with us personally about what kind of music we liked / wanted during different portions of the reception. He was also a rock star and traveled 5 hours upstate into the woods and somehow figured out how to play our ceremony outro music from the beach of the lake. He’s a guy you want to spent time with and is enthused about music from a wide variety of genres. He’s also very technically savvy to trouble shoot venue issues on the fly. I was never worried for a second and all our guests raved about the playlist after~” -Lena
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