Hi Jessica, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Thank you for having me on VENTS! I’ve been doing just fine!
Can you talk to us more about your latest release “Echoes”?
Echoes is a song I wrote from my latest EP “Moonplay”. I also directed/edited the music video with Yoni Goldberg. We collaborated on the idea of simple and minimal visuals to showcase blurs of memories that actually happened in real life.
Tell us about any event in particular inspire you to write this song.
Long distance. I was in an inevitable situation where I had to part ways with someone due to them having to move across the country. The song described everything that was going through my head as time kept coming close to having to say my final good bye to this person. This particular event in my life was a bittersweet one and all the emotions spilled out through writing and directing Echoes.
How was the film experience?
It was really chill and exciting. I always like to be a part of directing my stories to make it real. In fact, some of the props that are incorporated in the video were from the person I wrote the song about, such as the flannel that kept showing up in the music video.
I flew down to Los Angeles to film it and we were able to capture some sunset footage on Venice Beach and roamed around the city.
The song comes off your new album Moonplay – what’s the story behind the title?
I remember just wanting a one-word EP title that stuck to me, something different, and something that’s completely made-up and interesting. I was driving late at night last Summer and I remember accumulating all my ideas while figuring out the title to describe all the songs, while also realizing that all my ideas only happen under the moon. I also looked at the songs in a visual perspective and it felt like they belong under a night playlist. The EP became an alter-ego as the songs were written in a way I never thought existed in me. I felt like the moon was responsible of bringing something new out of me, perhaps a different side and that’s why I named my first EP Moonplay.
Tell us about the recording and writing process.
Recording and writing Moonplay EP has been such a relieving process for me. I’ve always wanted to write my own material, even way before I started a YouTube channel making covers of songs. Once I met Jesse Barrera, producer and co-writer of Moonplay EP, I’ve grown so much as an artist since. Finding my sound was one of the biggest obstacles and I felt like being in the studio and writing what I really feel pushed me to my comfort zone.
We wrote the EP together just dabbling with sounds, lyrics, and melodies. I remember coming to the studio empty-handed, only knowing that I wanted to build my sound. Every session was an outlet for me to pour all my feelings and experiences through a microphone.
Do you tend to take a different approach when you are covering someone else than when you are writing in your own?
I feel like everything I make has to feel like my own approach.
What made you want to seek for a whole new direction with this record?
I’ve always wanted to advance my art and challenge my abilities as a songwriter using different sounds that felt more like me. Music is an ongoing inspiration and through time and growth, finding my voice has pushed me to a whole new direction.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Everything I observe in myself, people, and personal experiences.
Any plans to hit the road?
Not quite! Still in the works of creating and writing.
What else is happening next in Jessica Domingo’s world?
New music video will be released this week from the Moonplay EP and also releasing more content in the next few months!
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