To say it’s been a year of change could be considered quite the understatement. But for Vancouver-based musician Jessicka, it’s been the perfect time to truly realize who she wanted to be as an artist. While her past work has been said to be anchored by heady and dark lyrical content, her new project has taken the artist in a somewhat different direction, evoking a kind of electric energy and exuberance much needed in the current social climate.
Her latest 6 song EP “Mistress/Queen” boasts some of the musicians’ most beloved tracks to date — ones she knows will not only tell personal stories but hopefully elicit lost feelings and happy memories for audiences far and wide. The best way to get that message out there is through the power of pop music.
Noting that sometimes it feels like a musician has their whole life to write their first record, and then only a short time to follow through, Jessicka wants fans to always find a part of themselves in her music.
“I feel like there’s a lot to connect to, and I hope people will sit down, really listen, and get more out of it each time. As an artist, you really can’t hope for more than that.”
# of Albums:
I Hear You Calling
Favourite musician growing up:
It’s a mash of Coldplay, Fiona Apple and Ray Of Light era Madonna
Favourite musician now:
Henry Mancini. Does that count? If not, I’m ready for another Rihanna album.
Guilty pleasure song:
I don’t really believe in the “guilty pleasure” thing when it comes to art but look up Dazzled by Greg Verner and let’s talk.
Live show ritual:
A good meal about 6 hours before the show, I try to leave a generous amount of time for talking myself up and out of stage fright-induced anxiety, outfit/hair/makeup is when I warm up, one or two drinks and I’m there!
Favourite local musician:
I stan for Devours
EP or LP?
Depends on the type of music but I’m down with both as long as that LP keeps it around 40 min
Early bird or night owl?
These days I’m an early bird. COVID squashed the night owl in me, I’m trying to get her back though!
Road or studio?
Road, live is everything. Is anyone going on tour and needs a dance/pop opener?
Any shows or albums coming up?
Here’s where I really want to spill my guts about the state of the music industry right now and how it feels to be a musician buuuuut instead I will say there are no current release plans, though, there is a melody tinkling in my brain and I’m hoping to get it out.
Where can we follow you?
Rapid Fire Local Questions:
What is your favourite local restaurant?
What is your favourite street in your city and why?
Love this question. I really am appreciating the street I live on, Quebec at 11th. It’s such a beautiful neighbourhood but there’s also this little area in Kits on Bayswater St called Tatlow Court. It’s a bunch of cottage-style homes on a gorgeous property, I’ve always thought that was a pretty area.
What is your favourite park in your city and why?
McLean Park in Strathcona. It has everything! Shade, benches(a few at least) water park, bathrooms and most important the people there are chill.
What is your favourite music venue in your city?
Green Auto hands down.
What is your favourite music store in your city?
Neptoon is amazing. The owner, Rob, is hugely supportive of musicians in this city.