Q&A: Jessica Says

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Q&A: Jessica Says


What’s your name then? Oh. And the name of your band…

My name is Jessica and my ‘band’ is called Jessica Says.

And what do you do?

I write, sing, and play cello and piano/keyboards/synths.

When did you start doing that?

I started writing songs when I was sixteen, so it must be eight years. Forever.

Why did you start doing that?

Isn’t it every teenager’s fantasy?

Do you think you’re good at doing that?

I try not to obsess over that. I just keep chipping away.

If you weren’t doing that, what would you be doing?

Studying psychology or making documentaries.

What makes you happiest about what you’re doing?

The moment when a song starts to take shape and getting to collaborate with brilliant and kindhearted people like Geoffrey O’Connor (Crayon Fields), Dominic Byrne (Little Red) and the exquisite Emma Russack.

And what makes you unhappiest about what you’re doing?

The combined weight of a properly packed cello and keyboard, approximately 35 kilos.

What’s your proudest moment of doing what you do?

Whenever a young girl likes my songs.

And your least proud?

Every time I had a nervous pre-show vomit when I was younger. An unpleasant taste in the mouth is bad news when trying to sing.

When are you doing your thing next?

I’m launching my double A-side Queen Of The Night / Collarbones at The Grace Darling on Wednesday November 23 with Carry Nation and EmmaRussack.