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BECOMING A STAR: RISE OF JESSE MONTANA FOR OBVIOUS MAGAZINE

October 4, 2017

Brian Stewart of Obvious Magazine converses with Jesse Montana about his rise to stardom as an artist.

After arriving in Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, Jesse Montana found himself on both sides of the Hollywood’s red carpet–first as a celebrity stylist and then a reality TV star himself. If there was any indication that he was destined to be successful, it’s his work ethic–coupled with his passion and creativity–that fuels him as a stylist, actor, and singer.

Before Jesse began working as a celebrity stylist in Beverly Hills Meche Salon–styling clients like Paris Hilton, girl band GRL, Katie Stevens, Jessica Alba, Julia Lewis Dreyfus, Chrissy Teigen, and Scheana Maria Shay from BRAVO’s hit reality series Vanderpump Rules–he was chasing a music career.  After recognizing music was his passion at the age of 15–after learning how to play the guitar and writing his first song “Love Me Back”–Jesse was hooked“…I was scouted by a manager in high school and came out to California for a summer to be in a boyband called Diverse. After the group disbanded, I turned to social media [which] was an amazing launching point for me.”

Staying true to his gift, he covered songs that landed him in the company of various influential people helped him book his first gig and write his first song off of his EP, “Drunk On You” which was produced by Grammy award-winning producer, Infinity.  As they say, the rest is history, or as Jesse’s says “That was kind where everything started to blow up.”

Brian Stewart: What brought you to LA?

Jesse Montana: When I was younger, I always dreamed of living in dreamy California so that I could pursue music in Los Angeles. Along the way, I ended up going to school and getting a cosmetology license to become a stylist because I was thrown into a very high-end styling world when I was in Seattle that showed me the many ways I could make a life for myself if music never worked out. Thankfully enough, I landed the best job possible as a celebrity stylist at the world-renowned Meche Salon in Beverly Hills. I worked there a couple of days a week which gave me time throughout the week to tour and make music. I wouldn’t’ had it any other way. I felt so blessed.

BS: What’s the story behind your name “Jesse Montana”? is it that your real name?

JM: Currently I am California living, but I will forever be Montana born and raised. I got so lucky growing up in such a beautiful city like Missoula. It was small enough where you knew everybody, yet big, progressive and special enough to give me the humble and broad beginnings that paved the way for who I am today. I love the big sky country state so much. My name is an homage to my hometown love.

Read the rest of the interview at Obvious Magazine

Photographer // Malcom Bacani Luvgen Studio

@luvgenstudio

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READY FOR LOVE

December 11, 2016

Such an interesting journey the heart will take from falling in love, to heartbreak, to falling out of love, to the recovery, to your chapters of independence and solitude, and then that moment when you feel you are ready to be vulnerable again. This year has been such a whirlwind, and I’ve had such amazing experiences with some of the most amazing people. Collaborating with different brands and artists has added so much more to the journey. Reflecting on the music I’ve been able to write, perform and release this year, I’ve never been more excited to release and share that journey with my debut EP this January. We all handle this journey differently, how did you handle yours? Through art? Through music? Through fitness? I am thankful for my LA life, it gives me so many layers of creative being. I’m looking forward to what the new year will bring and I thank you all for supporting and experiencing this wonderful year with me.

I recently wrote about a couple of the Guess Capsule Collection pieces that were released and here I’m pairing the t-shirt with my favorite black moto jacket from Forever 21 Men. Tucked in, and topped off with my matte denim and white low tops from Topman, this look has me feeling casual cool, grateful and blessed, and excited for what the new year has in store for me. Thank god it’s finally cold in LA, the winter layers are giving me life.

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THE CASTUCCI BY CREATIVE RECREATION

October 15, 2016

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This collab with Creative Recreation was so much fun to do and shoot with Marley Cumbee. I recently featured the other shoe The Deross that was released for their fall collection on the blog and here you have another slice of sole heaven from the collection called The Castucci. I’m always a fan of a sleek black and white sneaker and this shoe has a nice sense of versatility to it because of it’s sporty/dressy hybrid design. You can take this shoe from the basketball court to the cocktail lounge depending on how you dress with it. Pair them with a nice pair of joggers during the day or black skinnys, chinos or even dress pants for a night out on the town. I love versatility and The Castucci wins major. It comes in black white or black olive. Shredded Skinny Stretch Jeans by Topman AAA. King Cut Shirt by Tribe Kelley. Arrow Pendant Necklace by Topman. Classic Sheffield Watch by Daniel Wellington.

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GUESS ORIGINALS CAPSULE COLLECTION

October 15, 2016

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Love love love a little throwback. Anything that brings me back to the halcyon days of the 90s brings bliss to my heart. Guess has just launched their latest fall capsule collection Guess Originals. Everything is detailed with vintage Guess designs with a modern day fit with modern fabrics. I’m all about good fit. I love good vintage pieces for all their novelty and glory but sometimes I have to get them custom tailored (not a bad thing) to fit me just right. This collection comes ready to wear, and the fit is lit. I’ve got a couple pieces on my way and I can’t wait to add them to my collection. I’m living for the shearling jacket, the white tee with the vintage guess logo, the oversized Los Angeles denim jacket, and the carpenter jeans. The t-shirts, two pairs of jeans and 2 of the denim jackets are available now. The rest will be out in the next coming weeks. Check out the rest of this fantastical collection below:

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THE DEROSS FOR CREATIVE RECREATION

October 11, 2016

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I did a collab this summer for Creative Recreation to launch their new fall line. The first of two I will share is my fav of the bunch: THE DEROSS. It’s a versatile, fashionable running inspired low top that is so comfy, you can take it from the gym to the streets and everywhere else. It comes in red, navy, charcoal and black white dot mesh. These are seriously so comfortable and the sports mesh lining really give you amazing breathability. This series was shot by Marley Cumbee.