You can take the girl out of the Gold Coast, but you can’t take the Gold Coast out of the girl. This is what we discovered during our recent chat with hip hop artist Jesswar, who is, frankly, killing it right now.
“I recently moved up [to Brisbane],” she tells us.
“I do miss the coast a lot. I love playing shows down there. The main thing I miss the most though is the water. I miss being by the beach and being in the sun by the beach.”
And we miss her too, with January being her most recent gig here. However, Gold Coast fans shouldn’t have too long to wait to catch her once more.
“I should be coming back soon for a few shows at the end of the year,” she tells us. And will there be some new music at these show? Yup.
“I have a new EP that will be out very soon and the single ‘Savage’ will be out in the next couple of weeks, actually it will be dropped very soon.”
A new distribution deal with Golden Era Records seems to suit Jess.
“The team from Golden Era, the boys down there really inspired me and really pushed me to work harder and chase my dreams,” she says. The resulting EP is a more mature offering from the rising star.
“The majority of the songs on the EP are dark compared to my last release,” she describes.
“I one hundred percent I feel like you’ll be able to hear the growth from the previous music I’ve released and even darker tones within my voice.”
“I’m really excited to see the response from this new music. I’m exploring new sounds and I’m very interested to see how it will be received.”
While a new home, new music and new deal might seem like enough excitement on their own, they’re really just the tip of the iceberg for Jesswar in 2017, who has also scored three plum spots at upcoming festivals.
BIGSOUND Festival takes over Fortitude Valley from 5 – 8 September, and Jesswar has managed to nab a handful of coveted playing spots for the who’s who of Australian music.
“I feel great, I’ve always wanted to play BIGSOUND,” she states.
“I’ve never been before but I was really stoked when I got that email. I’m really really excited.”
SPRUNG Festival is making a welcome return to the Gold Coast when it hits the Parkwood Precinct on 28 October, and Jesswar is on the lineup alongside superstars Spit Syndicate, Tkay Maidza, A.B. Original, Allday and Illy, in what promises to be an epic day of hip hop.
“I’ve never been to Sprung before and I’m so keen to see Spit Syndicate, A.B Original, Sarah Connor and Coda Conduct live,” enthuses Jess.
Jesswar then gets another opportunity to play alongside Illy and Spit Syndicate at A Weekend In The Gardens, a new event which takes places in Melbourne’s Botanical Gardens in November. Jesswar has been signed up to host the hip hop lineup Day 2 on Saturday 18 November, which also includes Birdz and Thundamentals.
“I will be… DJ-ing in between sets with Baby Mama as well as playing a few songs and announcing all the artists,” she says.
You can catch Jesswar at the BIGSOUND warm up party at NightQuarter on 2 September and then throughout BIGSOUND at The Elephant, The Wooly Mammoth, The Foundry and Ric’s Bar. She’ll return to the GC for Sprung Festival on 28 October. Follow Jesswar on Facebook to keep up with her epic adventures and check out her new tunes, hot off the press.