Date Signed: January 2022
Type of Music: Indie Pop, Alternative Rock
Management: Kyle Esbin, [email protected]
uller (aka JP Welsh) was on a career track toward a future in law when a housing snafu prompted an about face and a move to the music mecca of Austin. The former Texas native hung out for a few years there, embracing the scene and playing in several bands. A singer-songwriter-guitarist, he moved to Los Angeles in 2018/2019 and the Fuller aesthetic was set in motion.
“I met up with producer Eric Palmquist (Bad Suns, Tate McRae) and did my first EP (Crush Me) with him,” explains Fuller. “The first song from it came out on March 20, 2020 and a week later the pandemic hit and everything shut down.” As with many musicians, Fuller had to be resourceful and began to pivot appropriately. “I worked at interacting with people online and reaching out to as many as possible,” he says. “I was doing as much as anyone could do over the past two years or so.”
His tenacity and drive have paid off considerable dividends. The evidence can be found in 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, 32,000 followers on TikTok, 4,000 on Instagram and 4.3K on YouTube. It was time to seek management and that came in the form of Kyle Esbin. “I met him through Eric Palmquist,” says Fuller. “Kyle was managing another artist with Eric. We knew of each other for a little bit. We chatted for a couple months and then I had a show this past December. He said he would come and bring 15 people. He showed up with 15 people and it was like, damn, he delivers! He started offering to help me and kept showing up. He’s a real smart, hungry and cool dude with a lot of good ideas.”
While the partnership of Fuller and Esbin is in its infancy, a mature musical path is clearly in place. “Right now we’re focusing on building a community you can actually build a career off of,” says Fuller. “Obviously we’re still doing TikTok and Instagram stuff to get some pops here and there. But we’re focusing more on how we can make this feel like something to people, and work with people who share a similar vision. Kyle has been helpful with strategizing and putting on shows with people who have similar goals.”