Central Coast, NSW
20 year-old singer Jess Locke has already made an impression on the Sydney, Newcastle and Central Coast music scenes
Interview: 20 October 2008
Tell us about your music - how did you develop your sound? Basically, just by copying others. I've been writing songs for as long as I've been playing music and I learnt to play by singing other peoples songs. I guess my sound is also a result of being a solo artist with just a guitar and maybe a piano. Most of my music is pretty minimalist but I try to make more out of less.
What inspires you to write? And what are you songs about? I suppose most of the stuff i write is what you could call confessional and i don't usually sing about any one topic or idea. I suppose my songs are almost like a diary through which I express my love, saddness, lust, guilt... all the cliches. Yes, I suppose I like to talk about myself!
What have been your favourite gigs thus far? I can't think of just one that stands out. I've played so many little pubs and resturaunts and they are all equally worthwhile and everytime I play I feel that little bit more comfortable up on the stage. It can be interesting to play for audiences and at places you usuall wouldn't consider. But I probably feel the most at home in front of a small crowd where I'm free to go off into my own world.
What's coming up in the future? I have just completed my debut EP which I am about to launch. So lots of gigging is on the cards and I'm planning to get on the road pretty soon too and do a bit of a tour. Other than that I'm really looking forward to writing lots of new material.
Australian music is? There are some australians making big names for themselves here and overseas. There are also so many bands and singers out there who are independantly funding there own recordings and tours and I think its great that they are getting the help from people like the folks at triple j to get exposure for their music.