Little known fact: when I was in college, I had my own radio show freshman year. I know, I know, sooooo cool, right?!;-) My co-host and I prided ourselves on being able to listen to an up-and-coming band’s EP and discerning pretty immediately whether they were actually up-and-coming or destined for a career of 4am college radio plays.
Fast forward a decade: the hubs and I are having a date night at The Bowery Electric. The first band on was Jessi Mechanic, and it also happened to be the EP release party of their album “Wandering in Roam”. After their first number, I turned to Mr. P and said, “Not only do I LOVE her red lipstick ((cause you all know how I adore a good red lipstick)), but her music? She’s going places!” Beautiful vocals singing beautiful lyrics, in a style that reminded me of a nice mix between Fiona Apple and Lana Del Rey, seriously guys, give her a listen here. My favorite track on the EP is Somehow.
I was delighted to be able to catch up with Jessi and ask her a few questions:
1. What’s your favorite NYC venue to listen to live music?
I love the Prospect Park Bandshell for outdoor shows and Glasslands is great for indoor shows, unfortunately not for long.
2. Emerging from the NYC indie music scene is huge! What would you say has been a source of inspiration for your music career from the city itself?
Just wandering around and seeing something new on every corner gives you inspiration. Also, the people in NY are so creative, it’s hard not to be excited and inspired by them.
3. When you’re not jamming, what’s your favorite NYC coffee shop and restaurant to fuel up at?
I love Black Cat Coffee on the LES. Its big and comfortable and I go there for hours some weekends to write. I am moving to Greenpoint in a week, so I’ll have to find another coffee shop around there! Prosperity Dumpling is always great for a quick bite, Gemma is great for brunch – I love their banana bread and butter and their egg, fontina and mushroom pizza.
Thanks so much for chatting with us, Jessi! We’re so looking forward to following your music career!