FROM YOUTH CLUBS,MUSICALS IN CHURCH TO TAKING HOLD OF GUITAR AND STARTING TO WRITE HER OWN MUSIC WE CHATTED WITH ALT-POP ARTIST ‘JESSI PE’ ALL ABOUT HER NEW SINGLE ‘WIDE AWAKE’ AND MORE. READ IT NOW.

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What is your name?
Jessi Pe

What is your genre of music?
Alternative Pop

Give us a little bio about you.
I grew up in the South of Germany in a small town and started off with singing in choirs and musicals at church and school. When I was around 10 years old, I learned how to play the guitar from my mum who is a guitar teacher and little did I know that this would lead to my own songs only a couple of years later and would even make my bachelor’s degree in Songwriting. I got to call many places in the world my home from California to Texas to Spain before I settled down in London.

What made you go into music?
I started with singing in youth groups and musicals at church and when I started playing the guitar, I quickly started to write my own songs. Actually, the first song I wrote was in German and about the first real crush I had, and I didn’t know what to do with these feelings, so I wrote a song. Since then, writing has often been a way to process the world inside and around of me. Growing up in such a small town didn’t give me all the opportunities that I wished for, and it wasn’t a popular choice to go into music, so it took me some extra rounds before I decided that I still wanted to do this full time.

Who are your influences?
My influences start with singer songwriters such as Amy Macdonald and James Blunt over to Florence and the machine, Birdy and AVEC.

Are you signed?
No, I’m an independent artist

You released your new single ‘Wide Awake’, tell us more about the single.
This single is the first of a string of singles, which will show you pieces of my life. It was the fastest song I ever wrote and is a very personal song to me.

What is the meaning behind the single?
The song describes a time where I was struggling internally a lot and I didn’t know what to do with this; so I put everything into this song and I hope it will give others hope in dark moments. It talks about mental battles and inner struggles and the hope that it will get better.

What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote this song super quickly one afternoon in one go, it felt like it was already sitting inside of me and just waiting to come out. I battled some mental health thoughts, thoughts about self-worth and others and this song helped me to be okay with that while giving me hope. I barely edited this song compared to some of my others and feels very authentic to me. The recording process on the other hand was hard, before we started recording it, I already had two demos of the song I hated, so it was a little struggle to get to the point where I felt like it was right. Now I am happier than ever about the result.

Describe the track in two words.
Hopeful Mess

Who did you work with on the single?
The songwriting happened when I was by myself and I shared it with some friends who gave me some feedback on it, the recording happened with the collaboration of Richard Marc on the production, Michael Fink did this beautiful mix and Brandon Allhouse mastered it to the great standard it is now.

Will we see a Music video for ‘Wide Awake’, what can we expect from the creative process?
Yes you will see a music video for Wide Awake, it is a visual representation how I and I’m sure others feel sometimes, when you’re not okay on the inside, that it felt like you were just standing in a storm.

Will we see an EP or Album and if so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
I can definitely say this is the first song of a string of singles that will lead to an EP, that will show you different aspects of my life from love to family and my own inner world.

Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
I have some small gigs planned, which I will always promote on my social media accounts beforehand. Some dates aren’t confirmed yet, so I will publish them as soon as it is confirmed.

What else can we expect in 2022?
2022 is going to be a year of releasing new music and writing a lot of new music especially in collaborations. After such a long time of lockdowns and uncertainty I can’t wait to write with many other songwriters and artists and see where the journey leads me.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years’ time, I see myself working as a freelancer with different creative and coaching projects and maybe even having a family alongside that.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Never give up, even when it’s hard.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The little moments between the audience and the artist, the atmosphere, moments where everyone sings along, the honesty when an artist says how they feel for example and the stories that are told on stage.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yes, I am on all social media platforms under @jessipemusic while my most active ones are Facebook and Instagram.

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