Exclusive Special Interview: Jessica Sutta!

theaussieword.com goes one on one with chart topping dance-pop artist Jessica Sutta!

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
I gravitated towards the arts at the age of 3! I remember seeing a ballerina on TV and I was like “Mom! Mom! I wanna be that!!”  My mom saw me dancing around and putting tutu’s on every chance I got so she enrolled me into ballet and dance classes when I was growing upI am so grateful she did that because it made me disciplined and strengthened my work ethic. When I was old enough to walk I was old enough to dance. As far back as I can remember, I always felt like I was connected to music, dance and performance. I felt like I could express myself through this enchanting and amazing avenue and still do to this day. No matter what is going on in the world, music makes me feel connected to the soul of the world. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
I believe that we should always go with the flow of the universe as much as we possibly can. When I am performing, singing, dancing or recording I feel like I am in the flow rather than against it. I feel incredibly lucky to be doing what I love and because I have the opportunity to continue going up the path that my passion has paved for me, it feels like it is my duty to become the best I can at it. When a fan tells me that a song or performance touched them or uplifted or inspired them it reaffirms to me that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I guess you could say that the joy I receive and hopefully spread is my main motivation.

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
My goal is to continue to grow as an artist and as a human being. To excel in my craft and connect with as many people as possible through my art. I think that we each have 2 main purposes in life. One is to fulfill our potential as human beings in every capacity possible and secondly to be of service in every way that we can. If I have a voice that can be heard by many I plan to use it for good and for those that don’t feel like they can be heard. 

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
I will be releasing new singles off the album Feline Resurrection over the coming months and plan to perform as much as possible just as I have been. Live stage is the most incredible part of what I do and if I had it my way I would be performing every single night in different cities, connecting with different energies!

Tell us a bit about your album and what you how you would best describe your music?
Feline Resurrection is reflective of my experiences that have helped me overcome adversity. Being an underdog that was metaphorically left for dead but refused to die and instead came back to life better and stronger. It is reflective of my growth and I showcase that with the diversity that is on the album. It’s my first ever album and I am really proud that I took chances and did things that were initially out of my comfort zone. The music is eclectic and edgy. I think there are some sounds that people may be quite surprised about when they hear it.

Success, what is the secret to it?
Success is really about one’s perception of success. I think success is happiness. I am really happy in my life. I think if you do the very best that you can and be the best version of yourself then you are halfway there. Learning not to take yourself too seriously all the time and not sweating the little things or getting too stuck in your own head I think all contribute to being happy. Wealth and material stuff is cool too, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had many ups and downs in that arena but overall I have learned that being healthy and happy is more rewarding than a collection of handbags and shoes!! Even though I welcome those into my wardrobe when I can too!! lol

What has been your biggest career highlight?
I think the day “Show Me” got to number 1 in the US Billboard Dance chart was a pivotal moment for me because it told me that I was doing something right here amongst all the madness of this crazy and competitive industry. 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
I am inspired by everyone who has the guts to put themselves out there with their art. To allow oneself to show that kind of vulnerability and be open to criticisms and opinions shows a lot of courage. To go out on stage and hope to God that you connect with the fans night after night can be a very challenging ordeal but also empowering at the same time. So I respect all of my peers who have a message or a need to express themselves through performance. I also have an immense amount of respect for artists who use their fame as a platform to raise awareness for causes that are close to their heart and spend time engaging in humanitarian acts, not for the press but because they truly care. Elton John, Kylie, Bono, George Michael, Wyclef to name few that inspire me.

Any new projects in the pipeline?
Lots of cool things on the horizon! Watch this space! 🙂

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself in a few years from now?
I see myself continuing to do what I love and connecting with more and more beautiful souls on this planet through song and performance. Spreading a message of unity, equality and love all the while.

Name a few of your favorite Aussie artists
Hands down Kylie Minogue!! She is not just one of my favorite Aussie artists she is one of my favorite artists of all time. She has inspired me so much through her music and performance. Her energy is always so positive and growing up I considered her to be one of my idols in the industry! When she made that huge comeback with “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” I was so excited. She showed amazing tenacity and inspired me to carry on pursuing my own dreams. I know she is involved with many humanitarian causes too which makes me love her even more deeply.

The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years,including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?

Social media is an incredible platform to connect with fans on a more personal level. I love using my socials to engage with fans and answer their questions. Teach and be taught, inspire and be inspired. It’s another great way to get music out there and to connect on many levels.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today?

Thank you so much for having me. I love Australia and hope to come back and perform there again soon. 

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