Jesse has been surrounded by music his entire life. His father, Craig Edwards, is a professional American roots musician with a B.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. Craig taught Jesse to play many instruments including guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, banjo, and mandolin.

From 2007 through 2012, Jesse played guitar and sang with his band, Defenders of Pluto. The band was an incredibly important part of Jesse’s development as an artist. He wrote nearly all of the band’s material.

Jesse is always looking for new musicians with whom to collaborate. He considers music to be a vital part of his filmmaking.