Basic Printer is an EXPERIMENTAL SYNTH-POP project based out of NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE. It is the BRAIN CHILD of JESSE GILLENWALTERS, and is brought to life with the help of AARON WALTERS and PETER FERGUSON.
In 2008, Gillenwalters was given an acoustic guitar free of charge from his friend's tipsy dad. Using this alongside a microKorg and a Rock band microphone, Basic Printer was officially born. Initial demos were ratty confessionals filled with obscured vocals and metaphorically obtuse lyrics - a means of finding an existential voice in between shifts delivering pizza at his family's restaurant. After watching Radiohead videos and listening to the syrupy sounds of Black Moth Super Rainbow, the gear began to pile on. With the pizza money, Gillenwalters would scour eBay for cheap vintage instruments. With each new instrument came new song ideas, and eventually BP's first EP, Lonea, was released. It was a little less scratchy than initial demos, but still a mess, probably having to do with a recent breakup and all of the sad lo-fi that he listened to while delivering pizza in the summer of '09.
Entering college a newly jaded young adult, Gillenwalters discounted those around him and wrote a concept album about alienation called Poor Ian in January of 2011. He performed BP's first show with a keyboard, sampler, and a bassist, and covered a Tobacco song in addition to 4 originals.
After seeing the support from friends he got at the show, he broke out of the alienated state and decided to write songs that his friends would like. This album was called Abstract Trust (summer 2011), and had clear, distinguishable vocals, finally.
After this, James Blake released his debut LP and Gillenwalters started to dig into Radiohead side projects, and it was getting cold, so naturally he played a lot of Zelda, ate pumpkin soup, drank tea, and eventually recorded and released Laconic (January 2012), which was a frigid, minimal album. His friends didn't love it, but the internet thought it was okay. It was cool enough for some blogs to talk about it, and for award winning Italian filmmaker Francesca Fini to put one of the songs in a video she sent to several European film festivals.
Simultaneous to this, Gillenwalters got sad about the breakup again, but learned through the bands Neutral Milk Hotel, Of Montreal, and Royal Bangs that you can be sad AND happy at the same time. With this spirit, and with the Zelda imagery still swimming around in his head, Gillenwalters made Goodbyenary Code (summer 2012), which was the final love letter to get over the breakup. The girl he broke up with liked it, but would sleep through his concert years later, so who knows how much she liked it, really.
Gillenwalters was happier then and bought a drumset for $200. He would record random drum loops to cassette tape, and also tried to re-create Neutral Milk Hotel's "In The Aeroplane Over The Sea" album on a cassette, but it was hard. Either way, he kept a lot of the drum loops he made and started to compile them into what would be Moon Gear (Summer 2013), which was a concept album about a non-existent video game. He successfully released this album through Kickstarter, which featured BP's first line of merchandise.
Feeling like the video game thing got a little trope-y, Gillenwalters decided to make an "Album" album, in the purest sense of the word. Centered around a poem written by a friend, Gillenwalters wrote and released Celeste (fall 2014) which featured a drummer with actually good parts, played well. The drummer was in the band Strange Appeal, a band Gillenwalters would eventually join playing lead guitar.
After this album, Gillenwalters moved to Nashville, where he assembled the hard jazz duo Quail Turret (RIP) as his backing band. He started recording singles, which caught the ear of Newlywed Records. In turn, Gillenwalters was invited to release an EP on their label, so he started working on it and finished it for release in February 2017. Basic Printer went on tour for the first time in March following the release, hitting up 9 dates in the northeast, and on the east coast.
Since then, Basic Printer has been focusing on producing good music, playing bigger shows than ever, and intertwining the music with charity efforts.