‘On a come down from a big gig in Cancun, Mexico.. it’s cold in London!’.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Out of my Ooo”?
‘‘Out of my Ooo’ is one of my favourites songs from my current project and now it’s finally out in the world.. and the response has been awesome! Just to clarify, in case you’re wondering what an ‘Ooo’ is, only women have one.’
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
‘A succession of shit relationships. Then eventually I realised I was letting people use me, take my power and I wasn’t going to let that happen anymore’.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
‘I’m in the process of plans for a visual… so soon come’.
How was the recording and writing process?
‘Amazing, I first started writing in LA at Ne’yo’s studio with my producer Kizzo and we then wrapped up the project in Amsterdam… I love travelling so as you can imagine it was an incredible experience to write and create in these two cities. On route to my first session with Kizzo I had a full on car crash in a Lyft, the LA Uber, but I think somehow the crash spaced me out so much I was super chill for the session and from that first song we wrote that night, it lead to us writing a whole project together including ‘Out of my ooo’.’
What was it like to work with Kizzo and how did that relationship develop?
‘Working with Kizzo was incredible, He pushed my vocals to a whole new level. He’d never heard me sing before I came into that studio session in LA, with my quirky clothes and South London accent. I went up to the mic, in the booth, I felt the pressure! but as soon as I sang, he was like ‘Ah K ah k!! I f**k wi that!!’… and then we wrote another 4 songs that week before I came back to the UK.’
How much did he get to influence your writing?
‘Kizzo is amazing at melodies. He’s an accomplished jazz pianist and all round musician as well as producer. So, working with him was daunting at first. I’d always started with lyrics previously, but Kizzo starts with melodies so I felt like I was writing backwards, but I grew to appreciate the process as a strong melody is very powerful. It hooks you in and stays in your head.’
What role does London play in your music?
‘London is such a multicultural city, it’s like a cooking pot of different sounds and influences from all over the world. I always love to combine different styles in my music, so this has definitely had a big part to play…
When you can Combine those different styles you get something unique and original as you make it your own…
Also, the area I grew up in lots of crazy stuff use to go down, those times have had a big inspiration on my writing for sure. It was a wild time and I learnt so much from those experiences and it’s helped shape the person and the artist I am today’.
Does the new single mean we can expect an album – how’s that coming along?
‘Whilst releasing these singles I’ve been working on a whole new project and sound which I’m really excited about.. you can definitely expect an album at some point in the near future.’
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
‘It’s still in the cooking pot marinating, so you’ll have to wait for that…’
Any plans to hit the road?
‘Definitely going to be a lot more shows in the new year… in the UK and internationally… I looove performing and touring with a passion.’
What else is happening next in Jessica Wilde’s world?