Jesse Bernard is a writer, DJ, music researcher & filmmaker. He is also the Youth and Community Lead on the Y-Stop project, as part of Release. His writing has appeared in print and online in GQ, The FADER, The Guardian, OkayPlayer, Red Bull, NME, Mixmag, Vinyl Factory, Crack Magazine, Esquire and more.
He was awarded a grant by the Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust in 2019 to further his research into the genealogy of Black music in Britain and its impact globally. His debut book, Escaping Babylon, will be published by Profile Books in 2023. Earlier this year, Jesse directed his first documentary exploring the rise of the Brazilian grime scene and its friction with state-sanctioned violence and draconian drug policies.