What is your name?
Hey! My name is Jess Setterfield.
What is your genre of music?
I make Country Pop
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m originally from Northumberland, in the North East of England, but after university I settled in Swansea, Wales. Before I started making music, I actually trained as an actress and did primarily musical theatre.
What made you go into music?
Growing up, I did a lot of Musical theatre and the thing I always appreciated about the music was the storytelling element. As I got older, finished training and realised that I what I really wanted was to pursue music directly, I found myself drawn into country music for the exact same reason. Country music is full of peoples real stories and emotions in the rawest form and I think there is something really beautiful and vulnerable about that.
Who are your influences?
In the country music scene, I definitely find myself inspired by Kelsea Ballerini and Elle King a lot, though Martina McBride was probably my very first inspiration in that area! Outside of Country music, Florence Welch, P!nk and Phoebe Bridgers have all had big influences on how I view music and writing as an art form.
Are you a signed?
No- not yet!
Your new single ‘Bruised and Burned’ is out, tell us more about the single.
Burned and Bruised is my debut single, and one of my first experiences of co-writing with some incredibly talented people. I really fell in love with it during the creation process and I hope you all do too!
What is the meaning behind the single?
Burned and Bruised is a pretty personal song for me, and for that reason I knew it had to be my first release. It came from a time in my life where I was watching a seemingly perfect relationship I was in turn sour and the frustration and hurt that came from the feeling of helplessness that came from not feeling like enough to rescue it
Who did you work with on the single?
The song was co-written between Rosina Jones, Ari Cohen and myself and then produced by Drea Succi and Danny McMahon down in Puzzle Maker Studios.
Describe the track in two words.
Reflective and Vulnerable
What was the writing and recording process like?
So enjoyable. Like I say, this was my first experiencing of co-writing a song for my own use and the whole experience of writing it was so therapeutic, I couldn’t have picked a better co-writing team. I learnt a lot from the experience and I feel like it helped some things heal too.
Will we see a music video for ‘Bruised and Burned’ and if so what can we expect from it?
Nothing is really set in stone yet, but if I do get the chance to do one I’d love to do something quite artsy and explore a lot of the underlying feelings in the piece for sure. Who knows, watch this space!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
Yes! I have an EP planned for early 2022 that I’ve been writing for recently. Expect a lot more reflection and some vulnerability too. For me, this EP is all about finally putting some things to rest and giving myself the chance to start fresh as I move into the next (exciting) chapter of my life.
What else can we expect in 2021?
I’m hoping to fill the remainder of my 2021 with more of what I love- gigging and writing, so you can expect to see me out and about and keeping you all updated on the journey!
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
I’d love to be doing this full time with and album or two under my belt. And happy. I think everyone should aim to see themselves happy in the future.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
I have one that my Grandad always used to say that isn’t quite PG for print about how life happens so instead I’ll give you my other favourite quote and one I try to remind myself of often- “ I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My phone (I keep copies of all my lists on here as back up), a massive water bottle, lip balm, comfy shoes and a hair bobble (just practical!)