By Rylie Trott
- 24-year-old singer-songwriter Jetta is one of Britain’s latest breaking talents, earning the title of one of iTunes’ up-and-coming artists of 2014 at the beginning of the year, along with recent chart-breakers Sam Smith and George Ezra. Following the release of ‘Crescendo’, the first EP to come from her forthcoming debut album, we caught up with Jetta to learn more about her music and how she has become a name to look out for this autumn.
Q. Before embarking on your solo career, you sung as a backing vocalist for Cee-Lo Green and Paloma Faith. For an aspiring singer-songwriter this must have been an invaluable experience- what was the most beneficial thing you learnt from them?
A. One of the best things about performing with both artists is that I got used to being in front of big crowds, something that is essential for all performers. Although the most beneficial thing I learnt came from Paloma Faith- she taught me to walk and dance in 6-inch heels.
Q. How does it feel to be named one of iTunes’ up-and-coming artists of 2014 alongside Sam Smith and George Ezra?
A. I’m a big fan of iTunes so I was pretty surprised and excited to be chosen by them. It’s wicked to be put on a list with such high achievers in the music industry of the year so far.
Q. As your mother was part of an acappella group and your Father a sound engineer, what was the best thing about growing up with parents working in music?
A. My parents always tell me that I sang from a young age- I’d hang out in the studio with my Dad and join my Mum for rehearsals with her choir. When I was six, my Mum remembers me getting up on stage with her and the choir and joining in with a rehearsal.
Q. As you have been recording your own songs using the sound-recording programme Logic from the age of sixteen, how important do you think it is for this generation’s aspiring singer-songwriters to do what they can independently in order to realise their dreams and kick-start their careers in such a competitive industry?
A. I think that, especially now, it is so important to do things yourself, even if you have a large supporting body of friends and family around you as you ultimately have to be in control of your career and your future. You are the only one who can help yourself, so always be imaginative about it.
Q. The main message of your debut EP Start a Riot, released last year, is to run with your fears and not from them- why do you think this is so important and what fears do you run with?
A. Whilst growing up I experienced some pretty bad times, and I’m sure I am not alone in this experience. I had no siblings so I spent a lot of my time growing up imagining what I could do in life and what’s out there in the big world. There’s a scary place out there but I think that in order to achieve anything you need to be brave enough to take that leap and, once you’ve made it, everything will fall into place. That leap is essential.
Q. Your iTunes preview biography places you under the Pop genre heading. When listening to your songs, it is very easy to draw comparisons to other artists from very diverse genres: Start a Riot is comparable to the style of Florence + the Machine, Feels Like Coming home is reminiscent of Adele and your latest release, Crescendo, is similar to the pop in Icona Pop’s music, mixed with dance and soul. What genre would you say your music belongs to and is there a specific genre that has influence your writing?
A. I don’t follow rules of genres – I just go with a feeling and the mood of a song. Whilst growing up, I was very influenced by music by artists my Dad worked with, from whom I learnt the art of storytelling through song, but I was also exposed to whatever my friends were listening to at the time. I feel that of all of my songs, Crescendo sounds the most obscure as it is more a product whereas my other songs are rawer and just mine.
Q. What should people expect from your upcoming album?
A. That’s simple: the truth.
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