To celebrate LISTEN’s new website we’re interviewing a bunch of local Australian artists to profile them on the site. Introducing Jessica Says:
How would you best describe your music?
Hyper femme, Dear Diary
How did your band / musical project start?
When I was sixteen my main interests were writing poetry and playing cello, but they were very disparate pursuits. I fell completely in love with the first Joanna Newsom album and I decided I would try to write songs.
Do you make music with a political focus? If so, what is your focus? If not, why not?
My music isn’t explicitly political, but I work directly with clients in public mental health so I feel the impact of the political climate on the individual and on the most minute social interactions. I write songs about very small experiences in a broader context of rising suicide rates, youth unemployment and rape culture.
What has been the biggest highlight as a band?
Releasing my 2nd album Do With Me What You Will in 2017, 8 years after my first album and several years of not doing music.
Who are your biggest influences musically right now?
G Dragon, BTS and always Lana Del Rey
Where can people find your music?
Bandcamp and Chapter Music: chaptermusic.bandcamp.com/album/do-with-me-what-u-will