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Jess Spahr chats her anthemic single and getting back on the big stage

With her deeply moving track Groundhog Day as the catalyst, Jess Spahr opens up to Happy about what is next in her music career.

The passionate and talented artist, Jess Spahr, deep dives into the inspiration behind her latest single Groundhog Day

Whilst the track was birthed during the confines on lockdown, what came from these restrictions was an explosion of Spahr’s style, keeping her listeners on their toes, not knowing what to expect next.

Jess Spahr

HAPPY: Hello lovely Jess! Where do you find yourself today?

JESS: I am finding myself in my studio looking out over the lovely waters of Bonnet Bay.

HAPPY: How did you kick off your career as a musician?

JESS: My music career began when I was in year 1 and my teacher at the time was playing all these different instruments to our class. I hooked my eyes upon a violin and the rest was history.

HAPPY: Congratulations on the release of your single Groundhog Day. Tell us a bit about it.

JESS: The song is about the ongoing slog of isolation during COVID-19. Staring out that window day after day, nothing really changing – I am sure a lot of people will empathise with that feeling — it honestly was groundhog day.

HAPPY: You mentioned that artists like Florence and the Machine and Kate Bush inspired the track, who have you currently been listening to?

JESS: At the moment London Grammar has just released their new album, there is only one word to describe it: amazing. I’ve been listening to it non-stop.

HAPPY: How would you describe your music style?

JESS: Well like my wardrobe styling — it is ever-changing [laughs]. I don’t like to stick to the one genre— there is so much creativity to be had with music. I love to change it all up, it also keeps everyone on their toes [laughs].

 

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HAPPY: What are your musical goals for 2021?

JESS: Playing live again is my one goal for 2021, I think most musicians are feeling that. I will be travelling around the country playing here, there and everywhere. In October this year, I will be releasing my first album, which is extremely exciting. It will be a collaboration of all-new material that I wrote over COVID and beyond.

HAPPY: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

JESS: This is a hard one! There are a few things I would change — but if I had to pick one, I would love to go back to the old school times where CDs and vinyl were the most precious thing in your hand, instead of a phone and playlists. I loved counting how many CDs I had and popping it in my Walkman — I felt so cool walking down the street, listening to the latest Spice Girls track [laughs].

HAPPY: What can we expect after Groundhog Day?

JESS: I will be releasing a few more singles ahead of the album coming out later in the year, but I will mainly be gigging around the place and taking in all the positive energy from being back on stage.

HAPPY: How exciting! Cheers, Jess.

Have a listen to Jess Spahr’s new single Groundhog Day below: