Jes Brieden went to Los Angeles around the turn of the century "on a vacation" -- and wound up staying there to become one of the most popular songwriting performers in the electronic realm, with hits of her own and numerous collaborations.
But Brieden, who records and performs as JES, says that she finds the actual craft of writing differs little between the genres.
"I write most of my songs on piano and guitar, and it's all about the relationship between the music and the melody and the emotional sound connection between the two," says the New York native, who's best known for the chart-topping dance hits "As the Rush Comes" with Motorcycle and her own "Imagination." "I think those songs translate best to this kind of music, and it just so happened that the first song that ended up becoming popular brought me into this (electronic) scene."
The dance club world is keeping JES busy, too. This year she's released collaborative tracks with BT and Roger Shah, among others, and she's also "about 70 percent" finished with her fifth solo album, with plans also in place for an acoustic album in what she hopes will be the not too distance future.
"I have about 20 songs I've been working on since later year that I'll probably get down to 11 or so," JES says, laughing that her studio collaborator has told her that, " 'This is it. These are the songs. You cannot add any more,' because every week you get new ideas and stuff.
"I've been writing a lot of dance beats and different kinds of things. It's a very fast-paced world and you have to release a lot of music, but I still want to make it be good and very different from anything else that's out there, and that takes time, too."
JES and DJ Godfather perform Saturday, November 23, at BLEU Detroit, 1540 Woodward Ave., downtown. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 day of show. Call 313-974-7799 or visit www.bleudetroit.com.
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