It’s unlikely many of you will have heard of Jackie Scott. Earlier this month, So So Gay reviewed her track ‘Don’t Mess With Me’. We were impressed with what we heard so were keen to chat to the lady herself about her music, her views on marriage equality and that Ke$ha comparison.
We recently reviewed ‘Don’t Mess With Me’. The lyrics are really feisty. Are they based on a true story?
Kind of, yeah. The first line – ‘I hear you talking about panty dropping’ is based on a true story. Where I live is right outside New York City and there are lots of young people here. There was a young guy walking down the street talking about ‘panty dropping’ on the phone, I thought ‘what a jerk!’ and I started thinking about guys who have probably talked about me in the past in a similar way.
Where do you get the inspiration from for your songs in general?
It’s definitely a mix. I have a boyfriend now and not a single track I’ve written relates to him so I guess a lot of my songs are made up. On ‘Love Sick’ I drew on a lot of my experience at college. I shouldn’t generalise about guys but some of them really are one extreme or the other – they either love you or dump you, so that inspired ‘Love Sick’. There was a time in my life when I was going out a lot – just because a guy dumped me doesn’t mean I would stop going out. So ‘Love Sick’ was about having fun, dancing, feeling the music but also feeling rejected and heartbroken. ‘Train Wreck’ is about a real situation. The guy I’m with now I’ve been with for 6 years but I broke up with him for 8 months last year. I met a real creep online during those 8 months and I was having a fantasy about living with him – not a relationship as such. He was a writer of novels, he liked young girls. My mind really wandered about this guy. It was like a form of imaginative voyeurism.
Are there any other artists or producers you’d especially like to collaborate with?
I have a very long list. I am really into MIA’s old producer Diplo. I’m obsessed with him. I keep track of a lot of his stuff. I’d love to duet with M.I.A. – she’s so different and bad ass. Even though her tracks are edgy, there’s a message in her lyrics and a real element of artistry to her work.
We noticed a slight similarity to Ke$ha on ‘Don’t Mess With Me’. How do you feel about that comparison?
I’ve been hearing that a lot about this particular track! I really like Ke$ha – not everyone does but I think she serves a purpose in music. I like what she has to say, her lyrics are great. I just hope people listen to my other tracks too as they’re very different.
You’re based in New York. What are your views of New York recently legalising gay marriage?
I think that’s a great thing, I’m all for it. I think anyone who wants to get married should be able to get married. I think it’s funny because a lot of my friends are starting to get married. For me, it’s the last thing on my radar. For some people it’s all they hope and dream for; one day I might feel the same. I can’t imagine being told I can’t do it. For gay people who want that, they should have the right to do so.
So, what are your plans for the immediate future?
I wish I knew. Right now I feel like I’ve been on this journey with this project for about two years and I’m finally just about ready to put out an EP. It’ll be a compilation of my work so far. So, it’ll have tracks like ‘Don’t Mess With Me’, ‘Train Wreck’, ‘Superstars’ and ‘Love Sick’ on it. To be honest, I haven’t even decided on a title for the EP yet. However, I did find some inspiration in So So Gay‘s review of ‘Don’t Mess With Me’. It made reference to me not being subtle – which is true at times – so I’m thinking about working that into the title, maybe something like Subtle Like a Bomb. Then again, I also like Pink Hot Blush so who knows? Between studio time and shows, I’m broke. Today is pay day and I’m so excited! I’m concentrating on putting out this EP then I have some shows in spring and summer. Then we’ll see how it goes. One of my goals is to get one of my tracks on TV – in a commercial or TV show. That’s an angle I’d like to work to get some new fans. After that, it’ll be back to the studio. When you are an independent artist and do all these things yourself, you have a lot of creative freedom which is great but it can also be a bit of a burden. I stress over things and think ‘does anyone actually care?!’.
You can listen to four of Jackie Scott’s tracks below and download them via SoundCloud.
Find out more about Jackie on her official website.
Follow Jackie on Twitter: @Jackie_Scott