Artist Profile ~ Jessica Says

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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