Grammy-winning (and recently London-based) Australian songwriter and artist/producer, Jess Chalker, has been quietly making music since 2008, after posting one of the internet’s first viral songs, Said the Raindrop to the Seed on YouTube. With new track, Dance in the Rain, out, The Fountain caught up with Jess and her forthcoming 2020 plans.
TF: You have a new single out, Dance in the Rain, what can we expect from this release?
I’d describe this track as an ’80s influenced, femme-powered song that people can hopefully can dance in the rain to! The accompanying video clip (which I love) is a monochrome, stop-motion animation by a talented filmmaker from NZ called Hendrikus de Vaan. It follows the story of a lonely man who decides he has had enough of his droll 9-5 routine, and that it’s time to pursue his lifelong passion. For me, Dance in the Rain is very much about living in the present and being mindful of time passing.
TF: And how would you sum up the track in one sentence?
A throwback electro pop song with heart.
TF: And are you working towards the release of an album or EP?
I’m working towards the release of a record, hopefully out towards the later part of next year!
TF: What else is on the cards for Jess Chalker, can we expect a gig in Scotland soon?
I would love to come to Scotland! Please invite me and I’ll be there 🙂
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
I played at the Sydney Opera House a few years ago which was amazing! And am looking forward to playing some shows in London in 2020.