Jesse Jo Stark
From afar, it looks, feels, and sounds like witchcraft. A Halloween-consumed alternative outlaw whose tastes veer from Merle Haggard to Beach House,Los Angeles singer and songwriterJesse Jo Starkmost definitelyknows her roots, but she’s purely a product of tomorrow. How many modern musical upstarts could share a Teen Vogue cover alongside Bella Hadid and then jet to Pragueto open for Guns N’ Roses? Truth is, she’s not just an outlier for her generation; she’s a timeless iconoclast.That fact is evidenced in the most tellingway possible—her playlist.“When I get into an Uber, the driver is typically shocked by my playlist,” she grins. “They’re always a little shocked by the tunes I choose, likecountry and dreamy road trip tunesby Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Sinead O’Connor, Beach House, Kevin Morby, The Cramps, Van Morrison, and John Prineto name a few. They always say to me not many young peoplethey drive play songs like that.I can only hope I’m one of many from this generation who appreciates those classic songs that last a lifetime.”After picking up guitar at eleven, handwriting songs in an endless array of notebooks,and slaying her first gigs by 16, the self-described “West Side Chick”built a quiet buzz with2016 and 2017songs such as “Down Your Drain” and “Driftwood” produced by Jason Lytle [Grandaddy, Band of Horses producer] and co-written alongside Jonathan Rice.As these cutscaptivated a growing fan base, she earned the endorsement of Elle, Interview Magazine, Vice, American Songwriter, Noisey, and manyothers in between headline showsaround her city.Jesse Jo’s 2017 single “Deadly Doll”hints at her otherworldly je ne sais quoi equally awash in rusty twang and indiegothic soul informed by a lifelong love of Bride of Frankensteinand The Addams Family.It’s the perfect way to get to know the rock sorceress.“When I write and perform, I inhabit some extension of myself,” she admits. “It’s the one time I feel like I’m sharing. I’m me. It’s easier for me to communicate through singing than it is just to talk. That’s where ‘Deadly Doll’came from.”It’s also a springboard for a host of new music and many more shows. Jesse Jo kicks off her next phase with a month-longEcho residency in Los Angeles. Her spell is now officially cast...“When you hear my music, I hope it can embody a good day or get you through a shitty day, depending on the track,” she leaves off. “I hope you know it’s okay to be imperfect, weird, and act like a kid. Also, it’s that old world shit as much as it is young. I want you to sway my music. I don’t think anyone will come in and fist pump orgrind, but I definitely think you’ll be swaying.”
Night Talks is an alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California. With vocals that are equal parts angelic and razor-tipped, bass and drums that drive, and powerful, shimmering guitars, they'll remind you of the first time you stayed in your room all night listening to a record.