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Meet Jesse Orlando of Garage Mahal Sessions in Pacific Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jesse Orlando.

Jesse, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was bored. I wanted to jam with more people, and I wanted to blow off some steam and party with musicians like me. I started throwing party’s and turning up my amps hoping I’d attract musicians or music lovers before I annoyed my neighbors, and to my luck, it actually worked!

The first Cinco de Mayo bash I hosted inevitably formed my current project “MDRN HSTRY”, and since then we’ve been inviting bands to play the house parties and recording sessions of their music live. I know the struggle of flying under the radar as a creative. I see the opportunity to grow the local scene an expose the talent we have in San Diego, and at the same time, I get to hang out with amazing like-minded musicians.

Ever since I can remember I’ve been drawn to music; listening, creating, collaborating – the excitement of its mystery and power to invoke vivid emotions always kept a tight grasp. The Garage Mahal started as a creative space to share ideas; it has grown to be a hub for underground music, slowly filling with strange artifacts left behind by those passing through.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
This has been a learning curve so far. I’m teaching myself how to run live sound, mix audio, film, edit video, advertise, interview people and host bands in my house all at the same time. The process is slowly becoming refined but there are challenges every session!

Funding is by far the largest obstacle. As a growing “free” service, I’m currently looking for sponsors and endorsements to help continue the momentum.

Garage Mahal Sessions – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
The Garage Mahal Sessions curate quality underground music. I provide an opportunity for local bands to create an amazing live video in a truly unique setting. The audio is mixed and video is edited in-house, for free. I’m inspired to document the ever-changing local scene; bands come and go and some have an incredible impact. I want to capture it all. I intend to cultivate and unify San Diego music.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is being recognized. I’d love to be seen as a catalyst for this movement. The bigger picture would have Garage Mahal Sessions all over the US, documenting local bands and exposing raw talent. I’d like my contact list to extend across the world.

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Image Credit:
Cole Herauf, Lily Burke

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1 Comment

  1. Damyon

    September 13, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Great write up!!.. we are coming into town from LA to do a session with Garage Mahal and would love it if you would like to attend and do some coverage!!! We are currently looking to book a live venue that night as well!! You can call me at(818) 439-1051 if you like for more info
    Spread Love,

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