Jesse Jo Stark isnâ€™t afraid to get dark
Jesse Jo Stark grew up with the kind of connections most of us can only dream of.
Her godmother is Cher. Her best friend is Bella Hadid. And her parents own their own iconic jewelry and fashion brand, Chrome Hearts. She’s practically got DGAF built into her DNA.
Growing up she was labeled a â€œparty girl,â€ but these days Jesse Jo Stark is making headlines for her music, which runs the gamut from country, to retro rock, to punk.
And while love is a big inspiration in her music, she prefers to focus on the darker side to infatuation.
Check out our Q&A with Jesse Jo Stark below.
As a fashion designer and as a woman, what do you think of female celebs who get offended when theyâ€™re asked about who theyâ€™re wearing on the red carpet?
I disagree with that. I think people just want to know what people that they look up to or are interested in are wearing. I donâ€™t really agree with going full feminist on such a simple question. I think people are too aggressive.
Letâ€™s talk about your new song â€œApril Flowers,â€ where did the inspiration to write that song come from?
I wrote it a bit ago and itâ€™s just about this kind of dead end love. Itâ€™s kind of a reflection on it and wanting to do it all again even though it wasnâ€™t going anywhere.
And what do you think would be the ideal place to hear the song for the first time?
I would think in the car is great. I picture somebody listening to it in the car with their window cracked. Or with their headphones in, walking to the beat of it. Itâ€™s definitely a driverâ€™s tune.
Do you spend a lot of time listening to music in the car?
Yeah, I love the car. Itâ€™s pretty much the only time Iâ€™m alone.
What do you do if youâ€™re in LA and youâ€™re just stalled in traffic for hours?
I mean I just listen to music. Itâ€™s the time I create â€” I write a lot in the car. I come up with a lot of concepts and put on a lot of country in the car, depending on my mood. So I donâ€™t really mind sitting there.
Do you have any tattoos that you regret?
I kind of â€” no. No. I actually have one moon thatâ€™s really tiny and you think it wouldnâ€™t bother me but it kind of just pisses me off because I didnâ€™t like the tattoo artist. But I appreciate all of them just because itâ€™s kind of like a diary of different memories.
Iâ€™ve read conflicting answers to this, who makes you laugh more, your boyfriend or Bella Hadid?
Thatâ€™s kind of fucked up. I would say they just make me laugh in different ways. You canâ€™t laugh with your boyfriend the same way you can laugh with a girlfriend.
Whatâ€™s the weirdest thing that anybodyâ€™s ever said to you after a show?
Iâ€™ve gotten stuff like, â€œyou should add a chorus here,â€ and Iâ€™ve also gotten, â€œyouâ€™re really getting good.â€ And I always think itâ€™s funny when somebody says that, because itâ€™s not that I donâ€™t appreciate the critique. Somebody could say, â€œyou sound like shit,â€ and Iâ€™d appreciate that more than, â€œyouâ€™re getting good.â€ Because â€œyouâ€™re getting goodâ€ doesnâ€™t really leave me with much and I think itâ€™s a really strange thing to say to somebody when youâ€™re putting yourself out there and showing something you created, you know.
Is it ever hard to listen to songs you made a long time ago because youâ€™re in such a different place artistically?
Yeah, itâ€™s interesting listening to old music. Itâ€™s great because you can see how much youâ€™ve evolved and how the things you wanted to talk about changed drastically. But itâ€™s interesting because you know, I wrote â€œApril Flowers” a year ago and it means just as much to me now as it did a year ago, if not more. But there are definitely a couple songs I wrote when I was 13, a couple punk songs that are pretty funny to listen to now, but theyâ€™re still cool because itâ€™s like a book. What youâ€™ve created, what youâ€™ve done.
Listen to Jesse Jo Stark’s new song “April Flowers” here.