Special Interview | Jess and the Bandits

theaussieword.com catches up with Jess and the Bandits!

Give us an introduction. How did it all begin? What had you first interested in music?
Well, I suppose for me it’s hard to say where it all began and when I first had interest in music. I can’t think of a time where I wasn’t in complete love with singing and music. It probably started in my parents living room with their record player though. As a two year old I used to get the record I wanted, put it on the record player and put the needle exactly on the song I wanted to hear. I think my family always knew that I would do something in the music industry. 

What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
The fans. When I get an email or message on social media saying to me how my songs helped them get through a hard time, that makes all of the heartache and struggle worth it. 

What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
I have never wanted fame. I understand that is a part of becoming popular but all I have ever wanted is to do well enough that I can do this for the rest of my life! Now if I am famous and selling out stadiums, I won’t be upset.

What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
Yes! We are actually touring the UK and Ireland in October and next year we plan to tackle more parts of the world. I am itching to see new places and perform there. We are also planning to do quiet a bit of writing until the end of the year. 

Tell us a bit about your latest album and how would you best describe your music?
It is definitely country but I would say with more of a rock influence, which I love. We made a point to create an album that has an eclectic feel but it also ties together very nicely. That way you don’t get tired of listening to it! 

Success, what is the secret to it?
I don’t know but when you find out, do let me know! 

What has been your biggest career highlight?
Entering the UK country charts at #6! As an independent, that s a huge deal! 

Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
People like Garth Brooks because he can still sell out a tour after taking 15 years off! Aretha Franklin because even after 40 years, she is still one of the greatest. 

Any new projects in the pipeline?
Absolutely! We are going to enjoy the release of our debut album first. We don’t want to rush the sophomore record because, well, we want to get it right! 

The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
Hopefully still making music, touring the world, and a number 1 under our belts!

Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists.
Ok I love Kylie Minogue, she is a national treasure. On the complete other end of the spectrum I’m a huge fan Hillsong Church and their music. I would absolutely love to write with Joel Houston and the others!

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?
I think it’s difficult in some ways and easy in the others. It’s great to be able to get yourself out there by simply posting something online. There is also a personal connection that the fans feel, which is something social media has helped with. It also means having a team behind you that knows how to think outside of the box. I am fortunate to have exactly that.

Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? 
We can’t wait to make our way to Australia very soon. I’ve never been and its on the list! Hopefully the Australian audience will love the music as much as we do! 

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