Q&A: Jesse updates us from Latin America

29 Aug 2012

Hello Jesse, how are you?
Pretty good, thanks.

Where are you right now and what were you doing before you started answering these questions?
I'm in my hotel room in Monterey recording guitar for a couple of songs I'm working on and faffing around with a bass part for a new Keane demo.

How has the Latin American trip been going so far?
Good! It's always nice to feel loved, isn't it? The diet of burgers and beer isn't good though.

You landed in Argentina, did you get a chance to see anything, or did you just stay in the airport?
Sadly we were only there for about an hour so just hung out at an airport cafe - which is a shame as Buenos Aires is one of my favourite places.

Next stop was Paraguay for your first show in Asuncion. Did you get a chance to see the city?
I saw the Sheraton hotel and the bar next door to it! Had a nice view of the city from my window though. Love all the purple trees. What are they called?!

Are there any particular things you try to do when you go to an unfamiliar country?
Well, I'm not very touristy so I never really go sight-seeing or anything like that. If we're in a cool neighbourhood I like to just go for a walk and soak up the atmosphere. When you don't have much time there a lot of cities can feel very alien and impenetrable which can sometimes make you feel a long way from home and it's quite easy to just end up stuck in your hotel.

And how was the Paraguay show?
Asuncion was incredible because no-one buys tickets until the last minute so when we'd only sold a couple of thousand tickets a couple of weeks before the show we were worried that we were going to a place where no-one liked us. It ended up going in the opposite direction. I think we played especially well which helped.

Then it was on to Brazil to play the shows with Maroon 5. You must know Rio and Sao Paulo quite well by now?
I don't know either city well at all but both times we've been to Rio we've stayed by the beach  which has been glorious. When I was a kid I dreamed of touring the UK, the US and Europe - I never imagined I'd end up playing places like Rio or Sao Paulo!

What are your favourite things about Brazil?
I love the hills and nature in Rio. The hills, the beach, the trees and birds and things. The first settlers must have been pretty pleased with themselves!

How were the two Brazil shows?
Both Maroon 5 shows in Brazil were great as it's a really exciting challenge trying to win over people that don't know your music or don't really like it. Although, I think there were plenty of Keane fans there too cheering us on. I think we played really well in Sao Paulo but not so well in Rio. Rio was harder as we had less space on stage but an enormous crowd so it felt harder to know if we were connecting with them.

And now you've got the two Mexico shows. Are you looking forward to those?
Definitely! The only thing I care about is the shows. Nothing else matters.

It must be quite an incredible feeling to fly to the other side of the world and see people who are so connected with your music?
It's surreal. It's funny when you're recording and you think about how people will be hearing it in places that you haven't even heard OF! I guess people will always like a good song, wherever it's from.

Finally, have you bought any souvenirs to take home yet?
We've been given a lot of gifts which is very kind. Someone gave me some finger puppets which I'm going to give to my daughter. Someone else gave me a little pot with some birds on it and glittery bits on the side which I really like. Thanks!

Comments (62)

Hi Jesse great interview and i want to say a late happy birthday to you, and a late happy birthday to Richard and glad i met you for the first time at Bexhill love Babs2009 xxxxxxxxx.

Posted by Babs2009 at 1:52pm, 10 Sep 2012

Doesn't Jesse look like Nick Drake?

Posted by angelrosie2011 at 6:18pm, 07 Sep 2012


Posted by flor_perfectkeane at 11:43pm, 04 Sep 2012

Happy birthday Jesse! ♥

Posted by Adrigamarra at 1:20am, 04 Sep 2012

Happy birthday Jesse!!! I love you! Greetings from Paraguay! :)

Posted by Elena Vladescu at 12:07am, 04 Sep 2012


Posted by endyhill at 11:36pm, 03 Sep 2012

Happy birthday, Jesse!

Posted by kasia_1706 at 8:57am, 03 Sep 2012

We'll hold you to that promise of coming back next spring! I'm expecting a long 2 hour plus gig in São Paulo ;-)

Posted by GabiC at 7:12pm, 02 Sep 2012

Happy to read a interview with Jesse. Latin America seems very beautiful. I hope I will be able to go one day.

Posted by athallie at 12:18am, 01 Sep 2012

Thanks baby, Keane shows in Brazil were really great. but next time, please: ONLY KEANE.

Posted by angelrosie2011 at 9:48pm, 31 Aug 2012

"SI NOS HUBIERAMOS ENTERADO DE QUE PASARON POR EL AEROPUERTO NO LOS DEJABAMOS IR!!!!" jajajaj tal cual!...AYYY por dios, aun no no caigo eso de haberlos tenido tan cerca y no tenerlos. pq????????????????????????????? ¬¬....""tristeza nao tein fim "" ja

Posted by soph_1985(arg) at 12:52pm, 31 Aug 2012

ARGENTINA is waiting for you guys! I really hope you can make it next year. I listened to your concert in Asunción on-line: IT WAS AMAZING!

Posted by Ell at 5:11am, 31 Aug 2012

jesse!! our beautiful tree is called tajy! name in Guarani in Paraguay. Thanks for coming! immense pleasure!

Posted by Angygon at 5:39pm, 30 Aug 2012

this is like a nightmare, how is it possible keane had been in latin america and HAVENT COME TO ARGENTINA??

Posted by soph_1985(arg) at 3:19pm, 30 Aug 2012

They came at the best time of year where the weather is great and the streets are adorned with the beautiful lapachos (pink, yellow and white). Thank you for appreciating the beauty of these trees in our country are really beautiful.

Posted by Barbi.py at 1:26pm, 30 Aug 2012

ISA, from Brasil, Sao Paulo *** Hi, Jesse! You will always welcome here in Brazil! Lots of love! XXXX Thank you for the interview! :)

Posted by Isa at 12:32pm, 30 Aug 2012

Kau keren Jesse!! Sampai jumpa di Jakarta!!

Posted by DAHVALMA at 10:37am, 30 Aug 2012

ahhh JESSE ya falta poquitooo para vernos!! xD!!! ... PARA MI ERES EL HOMBRE MAS AGRADABLE QUE EXISTE!! Y MUY COMPLETO!! ... se que falta pára tu cumpleaños 5 dias jejeje!! pero FELICIDADES! que te la pases muy lindo alado de tus seres queridos!! y de Tu Hija HERMOSA HARPER! (: !! .. I LOVE U SO MUCH!! y ansio verte MAÑANA EN LA ARENA CIUDAD DE MEXICO !! ♥_♥ !! un besooo MUACKKK!!!

Posted by krmen at 4:42am, 30 Aug 2012

U can come when u like! Argentina is waiting for you guys!!!!!! Pleaseeeeeeee! COME SOON!!!! And give us a show like 2009!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Doktor46 at 3:08am, 30 Aug 2012

Jesse I need your signature in my album please come back soon :)

Posted by letisays at 2:23am, 30 Aug 2012

The purple trees are called "lapachos" Jesse! Hahaha, I'm so, so happy you liked Paraguay! That night was one of the best nights of my life, THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS! I'm sure that was one of the best shows of your career (hope you think the same :P), you gave it all on stage! And sorry for the "last minute thing" haha, most of the Paraguayans are like this :P but we also are very passionate people, hope you noticed that! Please come back soon, we'll be waiting! Big love, Elena. P.S: I'm going to Italy this year and I'll go to your concert (again) would you please sign my paraguayan flag? Haha, love you!

Posted by Elena Vladescu at 1:45am, 30 Aug 2012


Posted by Melisa at 1:19am, 30 Aug 2012

Great interview Jesse! The first settlers in Brasil were portuguese, believe me that they were very happy. Wishing you all a wonderful tour!

Posted by egoncalves at 12:55am, 30 Aug 2012


Posted by Dra_House at 11:03pm, 29 Aug 2012

Pasen por mi casa, los invito a comer unas pizzas!

Posted by ValeN at 11:03pm, 29 Aug 2012

GUYS!! When are you coming to Chile?!?!?!?!?! PLEASEE!!

Posted by DanaeSilva at 10:22pm, 29 Aug 2012


Posted by STEPHIE at 9:14pm, 29 Aug 2012

Awwww, great to hear from Jesse!

Posted by Hattie at 8:50pm, 29 Aug 2012

I'm so happy you're having a nice time! It's really nice to know you a little bit more. Hope to see you soon :) xx

Posted by pskeane at 7:48pm, 29 Aug 2012

Hi! I was at the Rio gig and it was AWESOME! Though many people didn't know you yet a didn't sing along as some songs deserve. But you were awesome anyway. I met some other keane fans there that, like me, were there for you and not so much for maroon 5. (Maroon 5 was really nice too!) I hope you come to Brazil for a gig of your own!

Posted by willbr23 at 7:37pm, 29 Aug 2012

Otherwise, we LOVE YOUUUU Jesse! Don't be shy! WHAZAAAAPPP FOR YOU! :D x Bex (@fykeane)

Posted by bequitam at 7:16pm, 29 Aug 2012

Jesse, I'm so freaking happy because you liked the finger puppets!!! Seriously you make my day today!!! I hope the other guys liked their finger puppets too!! :) Love from Brazil! x Bex (@fykeane)

Posted by bequitam at 7:15pm, 29 Aug 2012


Posted by tuly_py at 7:10pm, 29 Aug 2012

feliz por su regreso a Monterrey ... aqui en el trabajo contando las horas para salir e irme a su show, estoy seguro que sera una noche increible, ya espero con ansias la hora que retumben la Arena Monterrey !!! una vez mas bienvenidos a Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico :D

Posted by eurizarv at 6:59pm, 29 Aug 2012

dear jesse you're in my town :) soo good to hear it , i hope you like it and see you in the night, we have a date :D

Posted by karlav at 6:40pm, 29 Aug 2012


Posted by gabriela at 6:30pm, 29 Aug 2012

You were in Argentina!?!?! I could have been at the airport!!!! I'm melting...

Posted by crystal-alby at 6:24pm, 29 Aug 2012

Hope you come to Argentina and Chile soon!!!!!! I really want to see the band in concert....plz don´t forget about us!!!!

Posted by veroarg at 6:13pm, 29 Aug 2012

Gracias Jesse !!! fue alucinante el concierto!!!!!!!! esperemos verlos de vuelta por Paraguay!!! y que bueno que te haya gustado la belleza de estos arboles que hermosean el paisaje!!! hermosos lapachos ( Tajy). los quiero mucho!!

Posted by antohermosa at 6:01pm, 29 Aug 2012

Thank you Jesse, so nice reading your words and get to know more details about the SA Tour, am so happy and proud that you are receiving so much love from all the people there, as you so fully deserve! Saw the S. Paulo gig on the Internet and it was terrific, so energetic and touching!!! In Paraguay...well, it must have been "a Blast"!! You are amazing, and l look forward to seeing you next October in Lisbon!! All the Very Best to today and tomorrow's gig in Mexico! Have loads of fun, cheers to all!

Posted by hlimpo at 5:19pm, 29 Aug 2012

Jesse, thanks for the feedback. It's really nice to know your perception about Latin America crowd, especially in Brazil. Keane is very brave because it's not easy to play to other band audience. But you rock. You're right Rio is difficult even if for artists and bands from São Paulo or anywhere else. But when you got them is forever. Beijos, Regina.

Posted by Regina Brz at 4:58pm, 29 Aug 2012


Posted by sa_keane_argentina at 4:56pm, 29 Aug 2012

love it! keep on faffing dude! :-)

Posted by cjswench at 4:32pm, 29 Aug 2012

as lovely as ever see you tomorrow in the Arena MX

Posted by endyhill at 3:49pm, 29 Aug 2012

Sweetheart, after 3 years waiting for you, I think this gigs was the best wishes you could give us ever! São Paulo and Rio fans will always be there for you, in the middle of Maroon 5 or any other band and make too much noise that you will know that we are there for you! It was a dream. You guys are our dream! Thanks again for the fantástico gig and we're waiting for your return next year! Kisses from Brazil (the Frog Pince Squad)

Posted by Simoninha (Brazil) at 3:46pm, 29 Aug 2012

It's so nice to see you speaking so tenderly about Rio and Sao Paulo :-) We are missing you already, please come back soon!! All the best from The Frog Prince Squad.

Posted by Beth at 3:37pm, 29 Aug 2012

JESSE!!!! The purple trees are called here "LAPACHO" in spanish and "TAJY" in guarani! Thanks for come to Paraguay! See you soon!!! Kisses ♥

Posted by nahobi at 3:27pm, 29 Aug 2012

Hello JESSE! :-) Come back soon, I promise I'll see KEANE next year! You're very welcome here in BRAZIL always! Thanks and Hugs!! :-)) xx

Posted by clekeanefan at 3:17pm, 29 Aug 2012

Dear Jesse, I'm so proud to know your opinion about the place where I was born (Rio). I'm not going there a few years and your sweet words made me have tears in my eyes, for pride and wish to come back there and see the trees, the hills, the birds and everything that makes Rio a special city in the world. See you in Portugal, next October =)

Posted by Jessica_Chaplin at 3:14pm, 29 Aug 2012

Jesse!! Those purple trees, we called "lapacho" in spanish and "tajy" in guaraní. Thanks for comming to Paraguay, made us extremely happy. Please, come back soon!

Posted by Keanemargot at 3:05pm, 29 Aug 2012


Posted by choupette94 at 3:05pm, 29 Aug 2012

SALUT JESS **je me met a ta place débarquer dans un pays que tu ne connais pas ça fait TOUJOURS bizarre ** parcontre ne doutes JAMAIS des sentiments que les gens ont pour VOUS *** vous faites de L EXCELLENTE MUSIQUE et en plus vous etes gèniaux on ne peux que vous AIMER ** KEANE THE BEST BAND

Posted by choupette94 at 3:04pm, 29 Aug 2012

Ciao Jesse, sono contenta di sapere che gli show in America Latina stanno andando alla grande! E' sempre bello ricevere vostre notizie circa il tour e i vostri spostamenti , ci fate sentire più vicini a voi! Un salutone da Sabrina from Sicily!

Posted by Sabrina v. at 2:47pm, 29 Aug 2012

The purple trees are calle "Lapachos". In guarani, it's Tajy. Hope you had a great time in Asuncion. You are always welcome here!!!

Posted by Maripili at 2:43pm, 29 Aug 2012

Support Jesse !!!

Posted by tracyyip at 2:41pm, 29 Aug 2012

Hey Jesse!!! I went to the Sao Paulo show... It was my first Keane gig and I'll never forget!!! You guys are amazing!!! We heard about many Maroon 5 fans that they loved your performance and want you back for a solo gig. So we are waiting for you next year :) Hugs!!!

Posted by Monikinha at 2:39pm, 29 Aug 2012

The purple trees are called Lapacho, they're our national trees. You came just in time to see them blossoming. People buying tickets at the last minute? Well, that is very common here, and not just in terms of tickets, we're not necessarily the world's most punctual people mm. And you're right, you played particularly well and the people of Paraguay are very grateful for that, come back soon! Next time I'll take you on a ride in my little van, I promise :)

Posted by charsmith at 2:35pm, 29 Aug 2012

Welcome to México !!!! This is your contry too. All the mexicans are exciting because you are here!!! I hope you feel how much we love you! thanks for come !!! :D

Posted by ||under_pressure|| at 2:32pm, 29 Aug 2012

I still don't understand why you haven't played in Argentina !!!

Posted by Florence at 2:32pm, 29 Aug 2012

HEEEEEY, I'm glad you liked São Paulo gig, i screamed my voice out.... and even today 3 days later i haven't recovered it hahaha I HAD SO MUCH FUN, THANK YOU FOR THE ATTENTION!

Posted by Hamireths at 2:32pm, 29 Aug 2012

Welcome to México!!!! I cant wait to see you guys!!!

Posted by Acuarius21 at 2:28pm, 29 Aug 2012

Great! I'll be waiting for tonight! have a nice stay

Posted by Fireliz at 2:27pm, 29 Aug 2012

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