Laura Lee from Jettes
Jettes is a platonic love affair between Gurr‘s Laura Lee & Melody Connor. What started out as an Internet friendship solidified in real life when Connor packed his bags and made the move from Seattle to Berlin. Stranded on Laura‘s couch the two began writing grungy Rock’n’Roll songs and exchanging sentiments and stories through songwriting; ranging from encoutering a plane hijacker, tales of long lost childhood romances to feeling awkward at gallery opening. Today Laura Lee answers my questions.
What are your favourite qualities in a song?
Mhmmm that’s tough. I think usually I like songs that have a vibe and not necessarily a grand “Lady Gaga” like chorus, just songs where the sounds and the production suck you right in.
Where do you look for inspiration?
It always changes but at the moment I’m obsessed with German murder stories and Syd Barrett’s Madcap Laughs album.
Where are you happiest?
Honestly, I’m happiest when there is a dog around! Which is so frustrating because it’s one of the main things you can’t have as a touring musician.
As a performer, what makes a show special or memorable?
I think many people would say it’s about connecting to the crowd etc. but I actually just love to get into my own head on stage and not really notice the people around me much or maybe just noticing their presence of some sort.
As an audience member, what makes a show special or memorable?
I think just watching people believing in and enjoying what their doing is always inspiring.
What is your idea of success?
Maybe when Noel Gallagher knows about your band?
What is something you would like to learn more about?
I started painting this year and would really love to do that more, also learn more about art history.
What was your biggest musical failure?
Luckily they’re all safely stored on my hard drive… no seriously there’s nothing I released (so far?) that I am super ashamed of.
What was your biggest musical success?
I think it’s pretty cool with Jettes that we mix our own songs and still somehow managed to have them played on the radio haha!
Who do you look up to?
I really admire Bradford Cox from Deerhunter, in the way that he doesn’t want to please everybody.
What was the first song you have ever written like?
Haha I remember it was a song on piano that I wrote about my dog Ginger, I was like 8 years old maybe and wanted to capture her character in the music – You see my love of dogs runs very deep.
Who deserves a plug or shoutout and why?
I really love Jessica Pratt’s new record “Quiet Signs” so if you haven’t listened to that yet, check it out!