Thank you to the lovely Jesta for answering these questions for us here at Musuk. Make sure you check out the links below!
Q1. What gave you the idea for the name “Jesta”?
It was the early days of the internet when I realised that my real surname “Page” didn’t Google well because everybody was setting up a “Page”! I wanted a short snappy name, that was a unique spelling – “Jesta” came to me in a supermarket queue!
Q2. Where do you get inspiration for writing your songs?
Many of my songs kind of write themselves by some kind of divine intervention or something – it always surprises me when that happens! Other times I might see or hear something, or be in a situation, and I’ll be thinking “there should be a song about this” so I’ll write one. I think part of me wants to live in a broadway musical.
Q3. If you had to pick one of your songs to put in a time capsule to be opened in 100 years, what would it be and why?
I’d probably pick “Scully Said” because it seems to be one of my most popular songs. I was very happy with the way that one turned out and it was the first song that made me feel like a real songwriter.
Q4. Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Yes – I try to have a nice cup of tea! How English is that lol!?! Totally not rock n’ roll! I always hope that the venue has hot drinks available, otherwise I’m never sure what to drink. I’m a total tea addict!
Q5. How do you relax after a show?
It depends on the show – sometimes I like to wind down with a cuppa in front of the TV before I sleep. Sometimes my mind will still be rocking out and then I’ll probably put on a DVD of a great live band. And occasionally I’ll log in to the virtual world of Second Life – many of my friends are in different timezones so the middle of the night after a gig is a great time to catch them for some socialising.
Q6. If you could pick any artist or band to collaborate with, who would It be and why?
This is a tricky one, because I have no one favourite (in pretty much anything except for tea!) but I would love the chance to work with Prince. I’m a huge fan of his hard work ethic, multiple talents and the general respect he has amongst other musicians. I think he’d be a strict taskmaster and it would not be easy but I think I’d learn more in one day with him than I ever have done in my career.
Q7. When did you know that music was what you wanted to pursue in life?
Since I was a very young child. I had toy instruments and enjoyed jumping around on the furniture, miming to records and pretending I was on stage. I toyed with other hobbies but the music was always there.
Q8. If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only take 2 things with you, which would you pick and why!?
This is easy – a guitar and a flask of tea. Assuming of course that there would be an endless supply of spare guitar strings, teabags and hot water.
Q9. What can we expect from you in 2016?
I’m hoping to release a lot more music this year, and to give myself some incentive to do that I’m starting a bit of a fan subscription model where I’ll be promising maybe at least two new releases per month to subscribers. The plan may change, it’s something that I’d like to experiment with and adjust through trial and error.
Q10. Is there anything you wish to let us here at Musuk and your fans know?
I’d just like to let everyone know that the music industry is changing – the big record label model no longer works. But with the great technology we have these days it’s much easier to support your favourite musicians by directly buying their music, connecting with them on social media and coming out to their shows. Musicians really need that support and we really appreciate it. So, don’t buy that expensive coffee – buy an independent artist’s music instead. Don’t sit in front of the TV at the weekend – go see a live band. Not only will it help the musician, it will also enrich your own life. And finally – my website ha, ha!