Hiya Jess, thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

I’ve been singing ever since I was little, anything musical I was involved in, is an absolute passion of mine and I don’t think I’ll ever stop making music. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

My name is Jess Stewart, I’m a singer, songwriter and producer. I’ve been writing and performing songs all my life, even before I wrote lyrics I would compose pieces on the piano at 5 years old or I was in choirs. I fell in love with expressing myself through music at a young age as I was and still am quite shy, its my best way of showing people how I feel. I learnt producing when I was 15 and practised the craft until now (21). I’ve released two songs already and had overwhelmingly positive responses to both. 

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Growing up I loved listening to two specific albums, ‘My Everything’ – Ariana Grande and ‘Title’ – Meghan Trainor, every day on the way to school. I wanted to write songs like them, I loved how simple yet honest the songs were. I actually started as more of a soul artist, with piano ballads, but over time I’ve found a new love for dance pop.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

I’m at the very start of my music career, focused on pop music and I’m ready to give it my everything. 

What’s the biggest thing you have learned from someone else in the industry? 

Keep going. 

Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.

I’m a twin

I’m naturally brunette 

I’m fluent in Spanish 

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

More accessible musicians. Moving back home has made collaboration a lot harder but its pushing me further to meet people, which is great!

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Not really, my mum always said ‘hurt people, hurt people’. And it honestly keeps me going. I think it’s so easy now for anyone to say anything on social media but I just hope people remember we’re all human beings with feelings. That being said, I find that there is something to learn in these types of things for everyone involved.

What was the worst experience on stage?

5 minutes before I was about to go on stage my tracks were made wrong and I had to run around the place trying to fix it as the audience was coming in. Luckily we got it fixed but it was truly the most stressful I’ve ever been.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about. 

I’ve been told that I’m completely different on stage to off stage. I have two personas and I do feel the difference, on stage, I just feel like I can do anything

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I say it how it is, you either love or hate my music and that’s okay. My main goal is to make others feel less alone with my music.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

My third release is called ‘Prince Charming (Went to hell)’ and it is coming out on the 24th of November 2023. The song explodes with comically honest lyrics, live smooth saxophone and groovy bass lines. This vibrant song depicts that fairytale love we idolise from a young age; highlighting the imperfections of dating in the real world whilst celebrating a sense of self-worth. The upbeat tempo track reminds us to be ourselves, easing love-life worries with its dreamy chords and soothing harmonies. I can’t wait for you to hear it.

What was the recording process like?

I record and produce my songs from home myself however with this track I wanted to try something different to my usual fast-paced dance pop, I wanted live elements involved in a slower song. I recorded the drums, saxophone and trumpet in a studio with my talented friends. And recorded my vocals at home. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so the process always takes longer than I want but I’m working on that. This was the first song that I’ve collaborated not only in recording but with mixing and mastering and it’s been a real eye-opener to me. I’ll never work fully alone again.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Less is more, in all aspects, the first 5 takes were enough.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Not to be shy about asking for extra help. 

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

I have many more songs for 2024 to be released so stay tuned! But aside from that, eat cake, enjoy life and stop worrying so much.