Meet a fresh, new artist in the pop scene, Jessy. Born and raised in Los Angeles, the 25-year-old singer and songwriter is excited to finally begin her career after putting it on hold for years! In an interview with Beyond the Stage, Jessy talked about her debut single coming out tomorrow. Check out the interview questions and answers below.
BTS: Why and when did you start making music?
I started writing lyrics when I was very young. My earliest memory of it is me laying on my belly under a table in elementary school and writing my first song. I’ve always loved singing and dancing and the lyrics came naturally to me. I actually put out a song when I was about 12 years old, but I got heavily bullied for it. I stopped singing and writing after that because the bullying got too much and it left me really crushed. Years later I finally realized that the bullying was about them and not me, and that I shouldn’t have let that stop me. So, I’m jumping back in again and leaving the fear behind!
BTS: Who or what inspires your sound?
I pull inspiration from everywhere. I have an inspiration playlist on Spotify with different artists like H.E.R., Lennon Stella, Bea Miller, Billie Eilish, Brockhampton, Ariana Grande, Lorde, BENEE, King Princess and others who have inspired me for a long time. I also took a “History of Rock” music class in college which gave me a lot of inspiration for sound. Even things like cans crinkling and other everyday sounds peak my ears for song sounds.
BTS: What inspired your debut single? What is it about?
This single was inspired by a guy that I went on a date with to the beach at sunset. I had been through a really tough breakup and after about a year, I finally decided to jump back in. Unfortunately (or fortunately), he didn’t stick around long enough for me to finish the song! So, it got put down for a while until I got the courage to try again. The song is about just that, being scared but also being brave enough to put that aside and try with someone new. “Day by Day” is coincidentally an applicable mantra for these trying times we’re in now, and tells listeners to just take it “day by day.”
BTS: How did “Day by Day” come to be?
It started out as just lyrics in my notebook. My boyfriend helped me produce the song when we were in an Airbnb at the beginning of quarantine. We only went out for groceries and didn’t have much to do, so he finally convinced me to sing in front of him and out came “Day by Day.” He’s helped me produce all my music so far and I’m grateful that he believes in me and pushes me outside of my comfort zone!
BTS: What are 3 ways you would describe your music?
My music is pop that makes you want to dance, real and relatable because it comes from my heart and life experiences, and emotional and full of a lot of raw feelings.
BTS: Are you currently working on other music?
Yes! I have a bunch of other songs in the works, but I am particularly excited about the one that I am working on now. It has been really fun experimenting with sounds and melodies, and I was able to let out some angst and sass in an upbeat way.
BTS: Is writing spontaneous for you?
I am almost always jotting down lyrics in my handwritten lyric notebook and on my phone’s notes app. Lyrics come to me at all times so I might lean out of the shower to write some down or record a voice memo while driving (hands free!); I’ve even had to stop and write some down in the middle of a doctor’s appointment. My notes are usually just a few lines so when it comes to putting together a song, I usually get inspired by some event or feeling in my life and start with one word or concept.
BTS: What does your creative process look like?
My notes are usually just a few lines, so when it comes to putting together a song, I usually get inspired by some event or feeling in my life and start with one word or concept. I build my songs by pulling what fits from my lyrics, which gives me a verse or a chorus. Then, I’ll write the missing verses or bridge right then and there by tapping back into that event or feeling. I’m someone who holds onto a lot of my feelings sometimes keeping them bottled in, so it is relatively easy to tap in and let it all flow out when I’m in the right setting.
BTS: Who is your favorite artist to listen to right now?
Picking a favorite is hard because I listen to a lot of different artists, so it is always changing. However, right now I have had BENEE’s album Fire on Marzz on repeat. It’s fun and different and perfect for a workout!
BTS: What is your ultimate goal?
Music has always been what has gotten me through the toughest of times and has helped me celebrate the best of times. I owe a lot to all the artists in the world who have written songs that felt like they were made just for me. Writing lyrics is also the most therapeutic thing for me. My goal is to write and put out songs that could help others in the same way that I’ve been helped. I want to help people through breakups and sad, angry, and scary times, but I also want to help people celebrate happy times, accomplishments, and everything else in life.
BTS: What sets you apart from other artists?
I write my own music and am working hard to put it out independently. I am pushing past my fears from the past and going for it with everything I’ve got. I don’t know if that really sets me apart because I think most of us are here because we are passionate about music and love connecting with others through art, but I do think it’s special to be one of those people.
BTS: Where can people listen?
Day by Day is available on all major platforms on October 23rd!
We can’t wait for the world to hear the first of Jessy tomorrow. Make sure to pre-save her single below and to follow her on her socials for updates!
Watch a teaser below.
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