Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.138
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Jesse Jo Stark releases her debut album DOOMED Today and to celebrate we bring you Sticks & Stones Shitty Interview No.138.
A lifelong music obsessive who grew up surrounded by what she describes as a “lot of hard-working and artistically advanced people,” Jesse wrote her first song at the age of seven and soon started playing the guitar, then formed her first band, It’s Complicated, when she was just 11 years old. As the daughter of the founders and owners of American brand ‘Chrome Hearts’, she’s simultaneously pursued her passions for music and design, emerging as a creative force behind the brand and designing custom items for musicians like Post Malone, Orville Peck, and Yungblud. She’s also launched her own merch company called Deadly Doll (named for one of her songs), which began with creating merch for her tour and soon snowballed into a successful merch company, with Stark taking the helm and designing each piece herself. With her music-career milestones including opening for Guns N’ Roses and Jane’s Addiction and touring with The Heavy, Jesse started releasing singles as a solo artist in 2017 and soon amassed an expansive body of work. Last year, French fashion house Balmain and Channel 4 enlisted her to star in its five-part episodic drama Fracture, for which Stark created the original music (a selection of songs featured in her four-track EP, A Pretty Place To Fall Apart).
Sticks & Stones: What outfit do you want to be buried in?
Jesse Jo Stark: I don’t want to be buried, but you can burn me in leather.
Sticks & Stones: Weirdest taste ever?
Jesse Jo Stark: Lypo-spherie vitamin C packets. They are icky, goes slimy, gross.
Sticks & Stones: What is your least favourite tattoo?
Jesse Jo Stark: This moon on my wrist… it’s tiny but holds every dark memory.
Sticks & Stones: Where do you want to go?
Jesse Jo Stark: I want to go inside one of my dreams.
Sticks & Stones: Draw a picture with your opposite hand.
Jesse Jo Stark: (See illustration) He’s so cute. Putting him on some deadly doll merch.
Sticks & Stones: Who is the sickest?
Jesse Jo Stark: Rhianna.
Sticks & Stones: What sucks?
Jesse Jo Stark: Vampies. I’ll suffer forever as long as yer here with me.
Sticks & Stones: What was your best subject in school?
Jesse Jo Stark: Can’t confirm.
Sticks & Stones: What weird shit have you done to impress someone?
Jesse Jo Stark: keg stand, highschool… was cute, to not… so cute.
Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice.
Jesse Jo Stark: Call him.