Jesse Briata produces music and cultivates digital flowers as Lockbox. His compositions channel ideas, tones, and samples from numerous electronic traditions, including pop, house, acid techno, jungle, hip-hop, noise, IDM, R&B, EAI, video game music, and viz. Both Briata’s art and his IRL personality could reasonably be described as |Top 11 Adjectives]: a) Fun ;), b_ complicated, h a ll u c i n o g 3 n i c, {d}etailed, clever [5], 6->progressive->->, Gregarious, ~H~yper 9: technicolor 1##0##stentatious, 11;;;;__infectious__;;;;. Born in Italy in 1994, Briata’s life-sized body replicant avatar that resides here in America wakes up every morning inside Rhinoceropolis.

Get to know Jesse B a little bit better by reading this interview and this interview.

Follow Lockbox on Soundcloud, find his full albums on Bandcamp, and learn about a small percentage of his physical releases on Discogs.

When on the grid, Jesse can be found on Facebook.

Lockbox has shared the stage with many friends and musicians that he admires.


“I’ve been seeing these bumper stickers around lately that say something like “Smaller, Slower, Less” regarding, well, the world. “Brainhead” tears that concept to pieces, pushing forward at the pace of a coffee-addict nabbing ten minutes of free wi-fi, while slamming shots of espresso at the local coffee shop before having to head to work around the corner. At this rate, there will never be enough time to catch up on what’s really going on here.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

“Lockbox pushes absurdly animated jolts of sound oddities native to minimal techno, R&B, and hip hop down hyper-swirled hallways. The results are slanted and agitated with breakneck melodies that will leave cartoon birds swirling around your noggin. It’s basically a super fucked tape.” – Ad Hoc

“…propelled by a constant skittering beat and loaded with countless fleeting synth textures over the course of its action-packed three-and-a-half minute runtime.” – The Needle Drop

Prince Soul Grenade is generally more rhythm and bass oriented than Briata’s past releases; where Boi is atmospheric, these tracks are fast-paced, swapping out some of his woozy synth-work for jagged loops and a sometimes frenetically skittering backbeat. Overall, the album is a grandiose Frankenstein that sits as well with me as “instrumental hip-hop” or experimental pop, though both veins seem to have distinctive outcomes. For context, for “Kanye’s Quest” Briata actually stacks samples of Spongebob Squarepants’ laugh to accentuate the track, one of the album’s more subdued bangers; though in this case “subdued” is entirely relative, the track is emblematic. On “Pridenjoy” most of what we hear is noise and backbeat, but a brief vocal interlude — seemingly from Briata himself — hints at his emerging refinement otherwise.” – Decoder

“The lo-fi recorded, primarily electronic music of Hypersecret (2012) hearkens back to your former roommate’s “experimental” 4-track recordings that he made between bands, in the very best way. The tracks certainly have a lot in common structurally with noise music and other improvisation-prone genres.” – Impose

“I’m pretty fascinated by recordings like this, and I appreciate creative kids who grow up seeing things a little differently and make their own music and share it with the world.” – Foxy Digitalis (on Hypersecret)

“This release may be a bit lo-fi for some, but Briata’s ability to weave in and out of a broad spectrum of electronic pop ideas and IDM beats really shines here.” – Westword on Archangel Heat (2012)