As a child, music had a big effect on Jessica Wolff, an upcoming Finnish artist, whose high energy, guitar-driven pop music is spiced with everything from catchy melodies to thought-provoking lyrics. Wolff started learning the piano at the age of seven,and at 12, she knew that she was destined for music.
“Rock music, especially, gave me such a kick that I used to run and dance around the house, almost climbing the walls, not knowing what to do with all that energy,” she laughs.
After a few years of ballads and musicals, she finally found herway to Rock/Pop and realised it was her thing. Wolff is now coming out with her debut album Renegade this month. She will be doing a six city tour of India and performing in Mumbai on December 12. Ask her if she’ll miss Squishy, her 2.5-m long and 15-kg snake, who has been her room mate for seven years, when she’s on her tour, and she responds with a smile, “He is friendly but knows how to steal the spotlight when I bring him along. Yes, I will miss him. But luckily he only eats once a month so he’ll be fine.” Excerpts.
What genres of music do you enjoy listening and what is the kind of music you make?
I can listen to anything from Country to Trance. It all depends on the song rather than the genre or the artiste. I don’t have many favourite bands but for instance, Pink Floyd has always been close to my heart and has inspired me a lot, as well as Pink, Joan Jett and Morcheeba. I like using rock as the base and spicing it up with pop vibes and modern elements. The message and lyrics are very important to me and I like to create a certain atmosphere that relates to the lyrics, for instance children’s laughter, clock ticking and heart beat sounds. All the songs are connected to my life in one way or another.
How would you describe your sound?
Tough question. It shifts from open, clear and hard to soft and vibrating.
Tell us about your debut album. Is there some message you want to convey through your songs?
All the songs have different messages. One of them is ‘Don’t let people step on your toes, you will need them for the road’. My album talks a lot about self-awareness, being honest with oneself and being the master of your own life. Some songs like Ashes to diamonds, Blind, In disguise and Broken wings are lyrically connected to each other and treat the same subject but from different perspectives.
Where else have you gone to promote your album. How were the experiences?
So far I have promoted my album in Finland and Japan. It’s been absolutely amazing, and the experiences I’ve collected have taught me so many valuable things and made me grow as a person. Both in Finland and Japan I’ve had the opportunity to work with such wonderful people but meeting the audience and the actual performances have been by far the best!
You’re coming to India to promote your album. Have you been here before? What are you looking forward to on your visit?
I’ve never been to India before and I can’t wait to get on the plane. I’m a big fan of adventure, and this one includes a very interesting culture, meeting a new audience, sunshine and what I love doing the most — singing. Can it get better?
We hear you’re quite an adrenaline junkie. What are the things you like doing?
I like kitesurfing, stunts, kung-fu, climbing trees, snowboarding, motorbiking, skydiving, white water rafting... Basically things that let the little wild child in me loose.