Interview: Jacquie Lee
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:16:48
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Jacquie Lee comes to life on her brand new EP, Broken Ones. Her immense voice takes center stage over the course of this collection. Each song glistens with her raw talent and poignant emotion. She rises up to the top of pop her on The Broken Ones.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Jacquie Lee talks The Broken Ones EP and so much more.
Did you approach The Broken Ones EP with one particular vision or vibe in mind?
Yeah! My approach was that the music would be real, honest, and all fit under the same umbrella. I didn't want each song to be totally different like one rock and then one classical [Laughs]. I had that in mind. I also wanted to have each song make someone feel something.
Was it important for you to paint pictures and tell stories with the songs?
As a singer, it's easy to execute all of the notes. As an artist, I went in there specifically with a vision to make sure every song had some sort of meaning and gave the listener some perspective.
What encourages that for you? Is it all personal experiences?
It's a lot of thought, concentration, and focus. Once the song is finished, you have to make sure you can relate to it. You have to pretty much just live with it for a couple of days, basically immerse yourself in it, and really think about what it means to you. If it connects to me personally, I'm able to deliver it in a real and honest way, and that makes other people be able to relate to the song in their own way.
What's the story behind "Right Love"?
It's a pretty obvious that the timing is wrong. As I'm living, I'm learning that timing is a big important factor in a lot of things. That's where that song originally came from. It's timing—shitty timing [Laughs].
What made you want to cover "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"?
I just wanted to completely flip something and change people's perspective on a throwback song. That's how I interpreted it. I read the lyrics, and they were a little depressing to me. I was like, "What if I totally reinvented the song and brought it back in a new way?" It was really exciting when the final result appeared. I'm really proud of that one.
What artists shaped you?
I grew up listening to a lot of classic rock. That's what I usually go back to like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and Led Zeppelin. I just recently got into The Smiths. That's mostly what I listen to. I love current artists like Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and Adele though.
If you were to compare the EP to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Wow! I haven't gotten that one yet. I'm just going to say my favorite movie because this is my favorite EP since it's my first [Laughs]. I would say The Notebook! I think that's every girl's favorite movie though.
What influences you outside of music?
I really like writing and visual things—the more visual, the better. Unfortunately, I can't draw. I've tried that. My mom is a really great artist, and it's inspiring. I'd say visuals and writing. I'm trying to get into dance. It's pretty much anything to do with the arts.
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