Jesse Wilder

Jesse Wilder Biography


Jesse Wilder is an American musician from Orange County, California.


Wilder's first band was The Scholars, in which he sang, played saxophone and keyboards, then began writing songs with Aaron Barrett for Reel Big Fish. With Isaiah Ikey Owens (Mars Volta) and others he formed Teen Heroes, which played in the Orange County scene in the nineties and broke up in August 2000.

Soon later Wilder, with his old friend Scott Klopfenstein from The Scholars and Reel Big Fish, recorded an album under the name of Pal. Greg Parkin played drums, Ed Kampwirth played bass, and the album was produced by John Avila; however, the album was not released until years later due to Scott Klopfenstein's contract with Mojo Records.

He then made a living playing second guitar, keyboards and back up vocals for Neville Staple of The Specials, Chris Cacavas of (Green on Red, Giant Sand, Calexico), and others.

He founded Makeshift Love Affair with Pal's bassist Ed Kampwirth and Chris Clawson of My Superhero and the Neville Staple project. At the same time Klopfenstein had been playing along with Greg Parkin on drums, Wilder joined the group The Littlest Man Band and toured that winter in England. Soon later they released a studio album in September 2004 only to break up in 2006, as did Makeshift Love Affair. Since then Wilder had played briefly with The All-American Rejects and released various studio sessions.

His most recent band was ForceField On, whose first full-length album was released in 2007. He also played with Isaiah Ikey Owens in Look Daggers, with rapper 2Mex. Along with former Teen Heroes guitarist, Peter Berberich, he made the music for the online multi-player puzzle game system called Skill City Games.


Band Album Year Record Label Involvement
The Scholars "I'm in a Band" 1994 Piss Off Records vocals
The Goodwin Club "Goodwin Club EP" 1995 saxophone
Reel Big Fish "Turn the Radio Off" 1996 Piss Off Records co-songwriter, backing vocals
Teen Heroes "Take Warning: The Songs of Operation Ivy" 1997 Glue Factory Records vocals, guitar
"Hear You Me! A Tribute to Mykel and Carli" 1997 Vast Records vocals, guitar
"Audio Satellite" 1998 Glue Factory Records guitar, keys
"Where Is My Mind?: A Tribute to the Pixies" 1999 Glue Factory Records vocals, guitar
"Songs for the Broken Hearted" 1999 Glue Factory Records vocals, guitar
The Scholars "Last Great Record of The 20th Century" 1999 Vegas Records vocals, keys
Pal "The Preface" 2000 vocals, guitar, keys, bass
The Specials "Greatest Hits" 2000 guitar, keys, backing vocals
Chris Cacavas "Bumbling Home From the Star" 2002 guitar, keys, backing vocals
"Kneel" 2002 guitar, keys, backing vocals
The Littlest Man Band "Better Book Ends" 2004 At The Helm Records guitar, keys, backing vocals
Sidecar "Stars are Out on this Rusty Night" 2005 guitar
Josiah "Josiah" 2005 keys
Makeshift Love Affair "Elf Titled EP" 2005 Hey You Come Back With My Records vocals, guitar, keys
Forcefield On "Thunder Road EP" 2006 Hey You Come Back With My Records
"llipspill" 2008 Hey You Come Back With My Records
Look Daggers "The Patience EP" 2007 Up Above Records guitar, keys
"Suffer in Style" 2008 Up Above Records

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