Starting the month of October with one of the stars of Burger Records , Jessie Jones. One of the things that I dig about Jessie Jones is the fact that you can’t put a label on her music. You can’t say it’s just pop, because its much more than that. It’s not just any one thing but what it is , that is up to you to define. I find no reason to label her music anything other than “cool”. I like the psychedelic infused vocals surrounded by sitars and the overall vibe of the album which after listening to a few times leaves me with the impression that we will be hearing a lot more about Jessie in the months and years that follow.
1. Can you give us a little of your background, bands you’ve been in , how long you’ve been singing those kinds of things.
I started singing when I was a little kid. I was in choir and sang a lot in church. I got my first guitar when I was 16. I wrote a few songs and played in coffee shops. I knew a guitarist from church and we made a band called Feeding People. Through mutual friends from around OC we put out a record on Burger Records. That was the beginning of everything. So I guess I’ve been playing in bands for about 6 years.
2. can you tell us what albums you listened to back when you were at home , high school days.
The first records I became obsessed with were all by The Beatles. I lived through each album and fell in love with their music. Because of them I got into the 60s. The Jefferson airplanes’ surrealistic pillow, Black Sabbaths’ Black Sabbath, and The zombies’ Odessey and Oracle were my favorite records as well.
3. How would you describe your sound and singing style.
I would describe it as subconscious, feminine, space dusty, and poppy.
4. You have a little bit of a punk attitude in your writing , are you influenced by anyone in particular
I’m influenced by a lot of artists. It’s not always a person either, I think a lot of my writing is inspired by nature. Good vs evil stuff. I’ve been listening to more hip hop and their lyrics are always fearless and lethal. I like the wu tang clan and a tribe called quest. But one of my favorite punk albums is by the damned. So good.
5. Your album ” Jesse Jones” how did the making of your album come about. Did you have most of it written before you hit the studio.
The record was a sort of supernatural accident. I was trying to express a lot of the changes and heartache I experienced after leaving music and my home in California behind. I tried to forget about writing music but eventually someone had a guitar and I just fell in love with singing and playing again. So there were a couple of songs like Butterfly knives, parts of la loba, and prisoners cinema that I had wrote before meeting with bobby Harlow. I hit up burger and they said they would figure it all out. I moved back home and everything was written in a few weeks. It was funny I wrote most of my songs outside, in the kitchen or in the laundry room cause I didn’t have a bed room yet.
6 What was it like working with the folks at Burger Records and Bobby Harlow .
Working with them is just amazing! I trust them with all my heart. You know it’s just really honest and there are no limits to creativity. There all dreamers so it brings out that endless possibility which is so vital to making art.
7. Now that your part of the Burger Gang , what are your plans for the rest of 2015 and early 2106.
I’m going to make some knuckle sandwiches … Just kidding. I’m recording with Death Valley Girls and writing more music. I think I’ll be on tour next spring too. I’m open to the future and music has a life of its own.
8. Who is the craziest person you have ever met or toured with..
The thing is, is that I can’t tell who is crazy. I love weird freaky outsiders. So if you were to say someone is this or that I would just see them as whatever they are and be fine with it.
9. if you could hit a time machine button and end up in any music scene , what year would it be and more importantly where would you be.
I would’ve been sitting pretty in Europe around 1799-1800. I love classical music and the art from that period. I would miss the 60s but gazing at gothic architecture and fancy people sounds more intriguing. Rebelling against that type of society would be way more fun. I could be a opera singer and jam with Mozart. Would my memory be erased too?
10 any last thoughts for you fans….
It’s never too late 2 create