As you all know, Jessica was in Chicago a few days ago and performed there at Roscoe’s. She also visited a few radio stations and promoted her single ‘Show Me’. I found this video online and thought it was REALLY cool. Check out a LOT of exclusives and behind the scenes in the video!
Jessica just flew to Miami, Florida to kick off her mini promo tour for her first single “Show Me”. Below are the tour dates:
Nov. 16 Mansion Night Club - Miami, FL
Nov. 18 Roscoes Tavern - Chicago, IL
Nov. 23 Silk Ultra Club - Long Island, NY
Nov. 30 Fanny’s Night Club - New Castle, Australia
Dec. 2 Trademark Club - Sydney, Australia
Dec. 3 Escape Club - Gold Coast, Australia
CONGRATS to Jessica for recently getting verified on Twitter. Make sure to follow her official Twitter account @IamJessicaSutta. She currently has around 23.000 followers.
You told me years ago, your high school friends were gay men because other girls were so competitive.
(Laughing) That’s very true!
So, you have a long-time understanding of gay men?
Yes, I do. It’s like all my closest friends. Before this, I had an interview, and we were talking about gay rights and gay marriage. I get so heated! I’m sweating after talking about it, because I get so angry. People are just so ridiculous in not allowing full rights for everyone, for every human being. Who are we to judge who others fall in love with and spend the rest of their lives with? It’s so stupid to me! Oh, there I go, getting heated again.
Is that why you participated in the NoH8 Campaign?
You know, I was bullied as a teenager. My friends were bullied; a lot of my gay friends were bullied. That’s why we became so close. That’s all we had in life, those friends, and I got a better understanding of their lives. There would be times when my one friend went to school, beat up by his parents, and it was just so emotional. It was so awful to actually see my friend going through that. It was a hate crime, and it’s despicable. Just because of the idea that something’s wrong or different, it’s just the same as when black and white were segregated. The fact that we’re in 2011, and we’re still living with that same idea…it’s beyond me. I don’t understand it, and it needs to change.
Hollywood Records seems like a great fit for you. They have a strong understanding of dance music.
Yeah, the people I work with there understand dance music. They understand remixes, the same way DJs do. They’ve actually introduced me to people. I went to this convention a couple months back where I got to meet Morgan Paige. Dave Aude was there. There’s that underground world of music, which I have really tapped into, which I really enjoy and is what I personally listen to. It’s expanded my whole world of music. It’s expanded my whole mind, which is brilliant. You know, there are elements of everything in my music.
“Show Me” is your first solo single – no other names attached. How does it feel to watch it climb the charts?
Honestly, I feel like I’m dreaming. I love the track, but the way it’s being received in the clubs, it’s like a dream come true! It’s like – oh, my God! I can’t believe it.
I don’t want to bring it up – OK, I do. You’re not the only Pussycat Doll in the Top 5! You’re #1 and Nicole’s #2!
I don’t mean to suggest you’re one-upping your friend, but it must be satisfying to know you’re both doing your own things – and you are doing it successfully?
Yeah. I respect Nicole. I think she’s an amazing vocalist, and I wish her all the best in her career. I learned a lot from her in the Pussycat Dolls. Now I’m doing my own thing, I’m describing who I am as an artist and learning to stand out and do my own thing. It feels really good.
Does “Show Me” represent the rest of your upcoming CD?
It’s interesting. I have a studio session in an hour to do a song that has a more R&B flavor with an 808-bass. It’s not necessarily dance. My album, Sutta Pop, has all different varieties of music. Music isn’t just one genre any more. In my album, there’s the influence of R&B, dance, I have my ballads, things that are connected to me. I’ve also been writing on it, too, so everything is viscerally connected to me and everything I’ve gone through in my life.
Even after the Pussycat Dolls, I read you wound up “homeless”?!
E! had a hey-day with that! They did this whole thing called “From Hollywood to Homeless!” For 24-hours, I was getting calls from my family asking, “Are you ok?” I had to tell them I didn’t even know what [E!] was talking about. Basically, what happened was when I left the Pussycat Dolls, I was in a relationship for four years, and it ended. When I came back from tour, I was staying briefly on my girlfriend’s couch. That’s where they got the whole “homeless” thing. It was an interesting thing, though. On tour, I broke a rib, and it meant so many things for me. First, it broke open part of me that needed to come out. It was something I was maybe holding back. It was me as a solo artist. I had a great time with the Pussycat Dolls. I grew. I traveled the world. I had the best time of my life, but I knew it was time to move on. It was kind of a transitional phase for me. It made me stronger. It made me independent. It made me into a solo artist, and I’m writing. I’m on my own, and it feels awesome!
It must be hard leaving something as successful as Pussycat Dolls. Despite not being professionally fulfilling, at least it was “safe.” How did you finally make the decision to fly solo?
It wasn’t easy. It’s funny you say “safe.” Sure, I was secure and comfortable in something, but I wasn’t 100-percent happy. I feel like we do that often. We find ourselves in relationships where we’re maybe not 100-percent happy, but we’re “comfortable.” But when you take that leap of faith, when you go forward and follow your dreams whole-heartedly, you’re going to get your life out of it. As hard as it was to leave the group, looking back now, it was the best decision because I got so much life out of it. I’m grateful for that. I don’t know. For me, I’m a normal girl. When I walk onstage, yeah, I’m an artist, but off-stage, I’m a normal girl. Within Hollywood, I understand the façade, but I’m not fake. I’m here for a purpose. My music’s here to inspire. I’m here to be of service. Maybe it’s to help gays achieve equality with the celebrity I’ve achieved? That’s why I’m interested in this life. If you’re in this industry, and you’re just doing it for the success, that’s selfish. If you’re doing it to be of service and help people – which you do — you can help people – then that’s worthwhile.
Usually it’s, “Money, money, more hits, make it big…”
Right, and that’s all great, but at the end of the day, what do you have? You think you’re going to be happy, but you’re not. I know some of the richest people in the world, and they are the unhappiest people. They’re complaining about everything! When you have a purpose in life, that changes everything. It’s like abundance! It’s like you’re a millionaire, but it’s worth so much more.
You’ve been toying with this album for almost five years. What was that journey like?
Wow! There’s been a lot of life lived. It was the height of success for the Pussycat Dolls. Being part of that – especially looking back – man, it was just one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I got to make these amazing relationships with the girls. Every time I think of the girls or talk to them, it’s like family. They’re like sisters to me. Of course, I also had heartbreak. I also grew as an artist a lot. Basically, you look back and see it. It was fun. It was amazing. It was hard. But, it was all worth it! That’s the thing I feel like I’ve learned in the last five years. Everything happens for a reason, no matter what. Life is here for you, and when you grow with it, you become so strong! It’s the best gift in the world.
BeBe: I am so excited for you with the latest and debut solo single you have out “Show Me”.
Jessica Sutta: Thank you so much! Yeah, it went #1 on the Hot Club Play chart on Billboard.
BeBe: Well, hey, hey, hey!!!
Jessica Sutta: That’s right, hey, hey! I can’t believe it. It’s so cool.
BeBe: You know you can’t go too wrong when you are working with remixers like Dave Aude, Ralphi Rosario, Alex Gaudino and Jason Rooney, right?
Jessica Sutta: I know! You know when I got signed to Hollywood Records, I had been doing dance music for a long time. So, when it came down to the remixes, I knew who I wanted to work with. My remix CD has like eleven remixes on it. It’s unbelievable.
BeBe: I have the “Show Me - Remixes” CD and it is amazing.
Jessica Sutta: Great.
BeBe: You know when I first heard the name of your single from when I interviewed Dave Aude and he mentioned you in the projects he was working on, I kind of read into the title a little bit. I read a little double entendre. Because the song is about you telling a guy that he tells you that he loves you, now you want him to show you. You think the public is doing the same thing to you? In other words, we hear the other members of the Pussycat Dolls outside of Nicole are talented, now ’show me’.
Jessica Sutta: Absolutely! I feel like… that’s such a great question. It’s so awesome. That is the thing when I started to go into my solo career. I was apart of this huge band where we traveled all over the world, and we were famous. But now that I’m branching out with my own solo career, I feel I have to start from the ground up. And, humbly, I do so. The fact that people are open-minded in saying ’you talked the talk, now let’s see you walk the walk’ is amazing. You know what I mean? Because you always get bad things said like they (Pussycat Dolls members) didn’t sing or they were just background dancers. But the truth is during the whole process of the Pussycat Dolls that I started developing as an artist, and learning and going to voice class, and writing. I had a game plan all along for my solo career. So, I’m going to show everyone.
BeBe: Exactly, because it is rare that successful groups such as the Pussycat Dolls have multiple members that are very talented (the Beatles are a rare exception). Unfortunately, not all of them get the spotlight. I admire your tenacity for coming out and doing what you want to do and making it happen for yourself.
Jessica Sutta: Thank you.
BeBe: Now, have you always written songs?
Jessica Sutta: I’ve always been a creative writer. I’ve loved writing ever since I was a little girl, but I developed as songwriter since leaving the Pussycat Dolls over the last 2.5 years. It has been exceptional for me with writing because of all the things I have gone through. It’s a humbling experience for me and I’ve fallen in love with it. I’ve been working with other writers which has been helping me.”Sutta Pop” my album is cool because I get to describe everything in my life, truly. Everything I talk about in my music I am really connected to. I feel as a writer when you have that ability to do that that people can really connect with you. You have to be honest with your music. If you are putting up a front and acting like you are something that you’re not, they (people) are gonna be able to tell.
BeBe: You mentioned all your success with being part of the most successful dance music group in history with hit records, Grammy nominations, and world travels to boot. And with all that, you had the protection of being apart of a group. Now, you are doing it on your own, honey. Do you feel you’re ready, babe?
Jessica Sutta: I’m more than ready! It’s scary, I’m not going to lie. You can’t hide behind anything. It’s on and it’s all on me. I have to really have thick skin, and I feel that is something I have developed through the years. Luckily I’ve stayed humble through out this whole process, because I feel that is super-important in this (music) industry. Yeah, I’m ready for it. As long as I’m out there speaking to people, to inspire, that’s all I’m interested in.
BeBe: You have said the word “humble” a few times already which seems to be extremely important to you. Have there been some experiences along the way that have just totally rubbed you the wrong way?
Jessica Sutta: I just feel there have been people around me that have become famous where their whole attitude changed. They became something (different) and lost respect for other people. I don’t like that.
I learned a couple of years ago living in Los Angeles and seeing the truth behind it (fame). We are all human and are here for a purpose, and if you feel you are better than another person then you have a problem because we are all equal. That’s why I stay humble and stay grounded. I keep people around me that are not just “yes” people. I have people around me that love me and respect me, and they will tell me the truth.
BeBe: You also give back in various ways. I know you re involved with a charity out of India, correct?
Jessica Sutta: New Possibilities. The first time the Pussycat Dolls went to India, I visited this little town called Rishikesh. And basically the charity brings awareness to the children in poverty there by raising money for their schools and change their mindset that they won’t be able to go to college or become a doctor or whatever. This experience completely changed my life. They take classes sitting in rubble sitting on a rug to get their lesson that day. And all they get to eat is an apple, some bread, and dirty milk.
It (the experience) changed my life so much. I think I can spread awareness and help them.
BeBe: And I also know you have been a strong supporter of Marriage Equality Acts across the country, not just as a way to support your gay fan base, but because you feel it’s right.
Jessica Sutta: I think it is despicable that people are not allowing everyone to be equal. Growing up all my friends were gay. I’ve seen what they have gone through in their lives with their parents not accepting them, and then they go and fall in love, and they can’t even marry the person that they love. It just bothers me because of someone’s opinion. It’s just the same way that segregation was. It’s the same thing. It’s 2011! Wake up. Who are we to judge? It makes me very disgusted.
BeBe: I can tell you are very passionate about it, which is really, really cool.
Jessica Sutta: It bothers me that someone can have such opinions about another person’s life.
BeBe: Now tell me how Hollywood Records (Joe Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) came along?
Jessica Sutta: My manager, Andre Recke (Boo Management), used to manage Hilary Duff and had a good relationship with Hollywood Records. Hollywood Records was on top of my wish list for labels I wanted to work with. They are the best match for me. They are smart, they’re good people, and I just love them all.
BeBe: I know your heart is in dance music because number one, you are from Miami; number two, you’ve trained in dance for so long. But on your upcoming album “Sutta Pop” any ballads or other genres?
Jessica Sutta: It’s interesting because in making my album one of the things that was really important was to make sure that the album was a reflection of me. And the music that is coming out of it has R&B flavor, pop music, and dance influence. It’s great that music is not just one thing anymore, and that is sort of where my album’s going. There are so many difference influences because that is who I am. My personal tastes in music are all well rounded. I don’t just listen to one thing. But when comes down to remixes, I definitely have a hand in that because that’s my world.
BeBe: Another facet of you can definitely be seen in your music video for “Show Me”. When I see you in the video, I can see you tackling some onscreen film stuff in the future. Is that something you’d like to delve into?
Jessica Sutta: Oh, thank you. Absolutely! I would love, love, love to do film. Another passion of mine is acting. So, yes, definitely.
On November 12 Jessica performed her #1 single “Show Me” at Super Cherry Pop in West Hollywood. Enjoy the videos! She did an amazing job!
Check out this video interview of Jessica with LA Teen Festival where she gets ask about her buzz single “I Wanna Be Bad” and how she broke her rib on tour.