Current City: Denton, TX
Most Recent Release: Fireworks Child (our new record Obsidian is due out in the fall)
“Jessie Frye has become something of a local institution since the release of her debut EP, The Delve, back in 2009. On the strength and reputation of that first collection of songs, she was invited to perform at SXSW that same year and began a round of extended touring with some local musicians whom she knew and had brought together to form a permanent band…….
The way in which the music effortlessly interweaves with her voice without overpowering or drowning out her intimate vocal complexities is a testament to the intuitive interplay between all members of the band. A compelling example of how synth-pop can expand and develop past its bloated mainstream inclinations, “White Heat” is equal parts inclusive campfire storytelling and rafter-reaching pomp
– Joshua Pickard, Beats Per Minute
OSW: What is your songwriting/composing process?
Jessie Frye: It definitely varies. A melody will pop into my head randomly, or I will thump out a cool chord progression on the piano. Then it just goes from there. It’s kind of like connecting the dots.
OSW: What are you most proud of?
Jessie Frye: Our new full length album “Obsidian” (Click HERE to hear the single “White Heat” from the upcoming album and here’s a preview of the cover)
OSW: What makes ‘Obsidian’ different than your last release?
Jessie Frye: ‘Obsidian’ is our first full-length album. I am playing with a completely new set of musicians, too. I am proud of Obsidian because I challenged myself as a vocalist while writing these songs. I love writing dark pop music and I feel that this is the first time I feel fully confident.
OSW: Do lyrics come quickly or do you revise them over a period of time?
Jessie Frye: I am a lyric snob, I have to admit. So sometimes I spend more time on the lyrics than the actual song. It depends on the song, really. Some songs have placeholder words until I hunt the right ones down. Some lyrics just pop out and feel right from the start. I have a lot of journals that I can go back into and pick out lyrics from, so that is a good source of material for me.
OSW: Where does your inspiration for songs come from?
Jessie Frye: From a lot of literature that I read. I also am very inspired by scenes in movies that I am moved by and dreams that I have. I love writing really abstract lyrics about situations or emotions. People would never know the meaning of some of my lyrics unless I sat down and picked it apart from them. That is fun for me.
OSW: What advice would you give to young songwriters/composers?
Jessie Frye: Practice a lot. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Focus on a skill that you want to be really good at and then venture into other areas. Stay determined. No one can make it happen but you.
OSW: If you could sit down and talk about songwriting with anyone, who would it be and why?
Jessie Frye: Robert Smith from The Cure. Coolest guy ever.
To see Jessie Frye’s upcoming shows go HERE
All interviews and Bonus Materials will be archived alphabetically HERE for easy access in the future.