I mean, you might like me, so there's that?
My name is Jessica-Lyn but I work under the name 'jxss.' I have been playing guitar for over 14 years and singing and writing songs longer than that. I have a large musical family, so music has been a constant in my life since I came into this world.
I released my first demo, 'dead girl,' on bandcamp in September of 2019, as well as my first EP in November and a single titled 'crooks' in December. Most of my music can be described as DIY, lo-fi, and bedroom pop. However, I also have experience writing neo-soul, punk, pop punk, rock, and more. I am also open to working with many other genres and all artists.
If you'd like to work together, just say the word! :)
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Interview with jxss
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: If we're going to go way back to what I grew up listening to, then we'll have to list genres instead of musicians (because the list is way too long). I grew up on punk, rock, blues, pop punk, metal, and new wave. However, musicians of today such as Boy Pablo, Phoebe Bridgers, Oscar Lang, Kicksie, Floor Cry, and Northern Flicker have inspired me a lot as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Steve Lacy setup, which means that I record everything on my iPhone through Garageband. As for the gear I use, it's all generally budget friendly (with the exception of a guitar pedal my wife bought me as a gift). I use two pedals on my own music, an iRig to connect my guitar and pedals to my phone, and a Shure MV5 to record vocals. It's a small studio but I wouldn't trade it for a large one.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Lyrics and music usually come to my head when I'm not playing music. Most of the time, it happens when I'm in bed and ready to fall asleep. It's usually one or the other that comes first - I don't have a particular preference to what I like to start off with. Once I write the lyrics and sort out the music, I like to lay down guitar tracks first followed by vocals, bass, and then drums.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Honestly? Myself. It sounds typical but I feel I bring my own thing to a song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being committed to a project and putting in 110%.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually just work on my own music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Double track everything. You're welcome.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Paramore would be ideal since I've loved them from when I was 11/12 until now (being 26).
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Mostly DIY, lofi, bedroom pop, soft stuff.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Music has been in my life for as long as I've been around and as far as I'm concerned, music has always been my career path. It's just common sense to me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My telecaster, my phone, my iRig, my chorus pedal, and my headphones.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Take your time and get to know the person. Don't be afraid to ask questions and also don't be afraid to say no. If you're both into the same type of vibe, that's great but if not, it's not a big deal. At least you came out making a friend.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sound they're looking for, how would they like everything recorded, is there a deadline, and is there anything they don't want.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There are misconceptions about me?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Free expression.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to work hard, be straight forward, and commit to the project.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Why not both?