At only 21-years-old, break out artist, singer and songwriter Jessie Berg, has already been recognized by some of the biggest names in the music industry and recently released her first single and music video “Monster”, produced by the Aristocats.
Jessie Berg was recently discovered by Kent Jacobs, who has worked with world famous bands such as, The Police, The Cult and REM to name a few. Miss Berg’s style of music is pop, but also identifies in the R&B category, and she describes her art as a mix of both. Her strongest influences derive from emotionally- driven female storytellers such as Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, and Cher.
Miss Berg describes “Monster” in the pop genre, but more left of center pop. Her inspiration for the song came from that suffocating feeling she felt from the pressure conform. “My song talks about being trapped and influenced by others and the pressures we face everywhere in society today. The line that best describes my feeling in life right now is ‘I just wanna be me’.”
“Monster” was shot in May of 2019 at an old burned down house and as Berg describes, “It was surreal, shooting in the dark shell of a home perfectly captured the feeling we wanted to be portrayed. At the beginning of the video, there is a strong sense of me being shackled in the old burnt down house which truly is a symbol of me being trapped. In the end, I’m out of the house which represents my freedom from the challenges I face today.” The Video was Directed by “RAGE”.
Describe yourself in 3 words?
I would say the 3 words that describe me best are loyal, sarcastic and genuine.
How it all started?
I’ve loved music since before I can even remember. After I graduated high school I started working at my cousins music studio and a family friend introduced me to my manager Kent. He is truly incredible and has worked with bands such as REM, Prince and The Police just to name a few. After that everything just snowballed. When I look back, meeting Kent happened at the perfect time, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the way my career is going right now.
When was it that you first realized that you wanted to pursue music as a career?
It was my family who first saw my love of music. They would hear me humming songs when I was just a baby. I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and feel so blessed to be be on that path.
Did your family support this decision?
My family is my biggest support. I am so grateful for my family because they are incredibly supportive and want to be involved with my future in music. They actually have me sing my newest songs at the dinner table, it’s pretty funny.
What is your musical background?
It’s always been about singing for me, but I play the piano and I’m currently taking guitar lessons!
What kind of music do you listen normally?
I listen to just about every genre of music. It really depends on my mood. When I’m getting ready for a night out with my friends I always put on R&B. That’s my favorite music to get me excited
Tell us about your new single and video “Monster”?
My new single monster is one of those songs that a lot of people can relate to. The message I want to send through this song is that you do not need to conform. I feel it’s important be yourself despite other peoples opinions. In my music video I was trapped until I was able to be myself and then I was free. Once I was free, I could truly breathe.
What music influences do you have?
My music is influenced by strong women. Amy Winehouse, Cher and Madonna are my inspirations because they have always stayed true to themselves.
What is your next goal as a musician?
My next goal as a musician is to go on tour. I cannot wait to perform in venues across the world.
What is your own definition of happiness?
My definition of happiness is being content and grateful with my life and my accomplishments and to surround myself with the people I love.
What are the five things you can’t live without?
The five things I can’t live without, would be my dog, music, headphones, hot sauce and hair scrunchies.
Best advice ever given?
The best advice I’ve ever been given, would be, to listen to your gut.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
The more I perform the more natural it feels. But I think it’ll always make me a little nervous.
What is next for Jessie Berg in 2019?
In 2019 you can look forward to new music, some cool features, and a special project 🙂
Any advice for upcoming singers?
The advice that I would give to new singers, is when it comes to making music, follow your instincts. Don’t let people tell you how your music should sound. Be vocal about who you are and what you want.
If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?
I can’t imagine myself doing anything else but singing. If I had to choose, I would love help develop new artists and give them a safe space to be themselves and blossom in this industry.
Something people don’t know about you?
Something that people don’t know about me, is that I played soccer for years. My mother sent me against my will for soccer tryouts. I was sure I would hate it but instead I lovefd it so much and ended up playing for 10 years. It was a real life lesson for me.
What would be your dream holiday, and who would you go with?
I love Asian food! Two of my best friends are from Asia my dream vacation would be Tokyo, Japan, and I would take a huge group of my friends.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could meet anyone, living or dead, it would be Amy Winehouse. I absolutely love her. She was such an incredible talent with so much more to give.
What is your favorite healthy food?
My favorite healthy food, would probably be a smoothie.
And your favorite cheat food?
My favorite cheat food, would definitely be chicken tenders!
What would be a deal breaker on a first date?
A first date deal breaker for me, would be if someone was close minded or judgmental. I can’t stand that.
Which project is still on your bucket list?
Something I’ve always had on my bucket list, is headlining Coachella. I would also love to do a world tour.
Idea of a perfect Sunday?
My idea of a perfect Sunday, is going to the beach with friends. Just being outside and relaxing is so nice.
Do you support any charities?
I’ve been involved with one of my best friend’s charities, JOY, for the past few years. Joy, is an organization dedicated to providing young people with the resources to promote creativity and confidence regardless of their situation. They instill confidence in people which I think is so important.
Any exciting news you want to share with us?
I have a few new projects in the works, and you can definitely look forward to two new songs dropping this summer!
What does fashion mean to you?
Fashion, is a great way to express yourself and when I’m wearing clothes I love, I definitely feel more confident.
How would you explain your fashion style?
If I had to describe my style, I would say it’s casual and contemporary.
How important is Social Media for you?
Social media, is important to me, because it gives me a voice. My goal is to be a positive influence and social media gives me the space to do that. I also love that I’m able to interact with others.
Where we can follow you?
What’s your favorite quote?
My favorite quote would be, “When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, I kind of wanted to be a vampire”- Angelina Jolie
Who’s your favorite actor / actress?
My favorite actor would be Leonardo DiCaprio and actress would be Angelina Jolie.
What’s your favorite drink?
My favorite drink is water.
What’s your favorite city?
My favorite city is Los Angeles, because its home.
What’s your favorite movie?
My favorite movie, is either Pretty Woman or Memento
Who’s your favorite sports team?
My favorite sports team, is the LA Lakers.
What’s your favorite song?
My favorite song, is either You sent me flying or Cherry – Amy Winehouse
Photo Credit: Evan Duning