Q&A: Jesabel

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We recently had a chat with Jesabel, a past Your Shot Contestant who since her time with the competition has headlined shows all over Australia. She has played numerous international shows in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and has been a part of several of Australia’s largest festivals!



How would you best describe your music style? Has it changed much since your time at Your Shot?

I play mainly house music these days. Initially, I was playing a lot of electro, but over the few years I’ve been playing and through the people I’ve met it has really opened me up to many styles of music and as much as I listen to a range of styles in my spare time, I found that house was the best fit for me and it’s the style that interested me the most.


What are some of your favourite memories from early gigs post Your Shot?

I have so many amazing memories now. From playing in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore to playing festivals such as Stereosonic and Future Music Festival. My very first gigs after Your Shot – I just remember being so incredibly nervous, I couldn’t look up from the decks. Over time it became second nature. It’s very much like riding a bike – once you know, you know!


What are some vital lessons you have learnt so far?

There are 2 vital lessons I’ve learned that I tell everyone. Firstly, learn how to read your crowd. The crowd is the only thing that matters when you’re up on stage. If they aren’t enjoying your set, it will really affect your performance as well. Make sure you can read them, so you know which tracks are working and which are not. Secondly, learn how to play a killer warm up set. Warm up sets teach you the most about DJing to a crowd. I believe, if you can nail a warm up set, you can nail any set time. Starting out, a warm up set will be a recurring set time and even now I still play a lot of warm up sets, and it is the most rewarding feeling when you get it right!


What inspired you to start DJing?

I was involved with music pretty much my whole life. From 8 years old, I had vocal coaching, played piano, flute and violin so music was a massive part of my life. When I left school I lost contact with my passion for music. It wasn’t until University I took on a hobby… DJing. It became a musical outlet for me and that’s why I’m really passionate about what I do now.


Can you tell us one interesting fact most people wouldn’t know about you?

A lot of people don’t know that I was actually born in the UK. I moved to Australia when I was 3 years old and been here ever since. The UK obviously has a massive musical culture so really keen to get over there at some point hopefully and explore their music scene.


What’s the craziest thing you’ve witnessed while playing at a gig?

The craziest thing I’ve witnessed is highly inappropriate. All I’m going to say is it involved a boy, a girl and a dark corner…


What do the next few months have in store for Jesabel?

I feel that this year, has given me the chance to sort of spread my wings a little bit and allow me to explore other interests of mine as well as grow the DJing/production aspect of my career. Original production is my main focus for this year, as well as continued work with MTV and even something a little different (secret!) so keep your eyes peeled.


What would you be doing if you hadn’t started DJing?

I’ve completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, doing a marketing and management major last year, so I would probably be sitting in an office somewhere to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with that, but this career choice challenges me everyday and has taught me a lot about myself.


What is one piece of advice you would give someone thinking of registering for Your Shot?

You have nothing to lose! Your Shot, isn’t necessarily about becoming a superstar DJ, but about finding a passion and being involved in the music. Have fun with it and make sure your set is a reflection of you!


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