60 Seconds With… Jessica Chapnik Kahn AKA Appleonia

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60 Seconds With… Jessica Chapnik Kahn AKA Appleonia


Define your genre in five words or less:

Indie mystic pop.

What can a punter expect from your live show?

A song in Spanish. A song in reverse. A song from the Gnostic bible. That’s just for starters.

What inspires or has influenced your music the most?

Probably things like immigrating to Australia as a child and growing up in a Jewish Catholic Hispanic Italian home in Sydney. These impossible tensions have influenced everything I make. They led me to my obsession with mystical texts and Kabbalah, which are the most inspiring and poetic things I’ve ever read.

What part of making music excites you the most?

Invention is really exciting to me. I also love making video art and see it as part of my music making. Sometimes I see the video before I write the song. I’m really into hearing a song in a visual format.

Do you have any record releases to date? What are they? Where can i get them?

My brand new album is called O’ and you don’t have to pay for it. Vittoria coffee is buying it for anyone who wants it and we’re donating the value of the album directly to OzHarvest, the food rescue charity. When you download you automatically feed 10 people in need. There’s no catch. It’s just a new way of music sharing. It’s as simple as that: appleoniamusic.com/ozharvest. I also have a soundtrack album I wrote for a film called Despite The Gods. You can get this anywhere online and at my shows.

When are you playing live/releasing your album?

Right now I’m touring around Australia with Sarah Blasko for her Heavenly Sounds tour of churches. Our next show is in St Michael’s Church in Melbourne on Wednesday January 22.

What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig?

A few months ago I played a show in the Mojave Desert in California in a building designed by aliens. Literally. Aliens visited this particular man and told him exactly how to make it. It looks like a spaceship and the sound is out of this world.