Jess Ball is an Australian singer-songwriter who has always loved music and the adrenaline from performing. In fact, Jess couldn’t imagine doing anything else. 2021 has been really exciting for Jess as she has released some amazing music with fellow artists, such as EDX. “It’s been so surreal working with him for the second time as I always used to listen to his music growing up,” Jess tells Eat This Music. “I also released my first solo single last Friday which is something I’ve been waiting to do for a while.”
“Thank you! At first, it felt pretty scary,” Jess expresses to Eat This Music upon the release of her debut solo single. “I had always had another artist to share the load with who already had made a name for themselves in the music on worldwide stages! Right now though, it feels amazing! I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to do this, and show everyone my own sound.”
Jess Ball’s debut solo single, ‘Upside Down’, is about gaslighting and those who refuse to acknowledge the good in others for their own benefit. As Jess explains, “A person should never feel like they must compromise their own accomplishments in order to make other people feel comfortable with themselves. The title “Upside down” represents this behavior of manipulation and pushing people around, and essentially turning the truth upside down.”
“Yes it does. I believe the message has not been forgotten in the creative process and if anything, has been amplified.” — Jess Ball on ‘Upside Down’.
To start with [in the production process], it was much the same as how Jess and her team created previous material. Jess wrote the song in the studio, recorded it that day, but then when the record label showed interest it became more of a project. “We started to get more creative and really nut out ideas for the song,” Jess continues. “For example, we did a photoshoot for the single with old TVs in the background- sort of related to stranger things and the weird alien ‘upside down’ world they talk about in the show. This was a nice parallel as it compares humans to aliens and how strange their behaviors can be.”
When Jess writes songs, she always bases them on something that has happened to her in life but definitely exaggerates and enhances the lyrics for the desired effect. The stories in Jess’s songs are usually a mixture of reality and fiction, sort of like a ‘based on a true story’ book or film. With upside down, Jess based it around the feeling she gets when people accuse her of doing something she never did, or make her feel like she is crazy. This song, specifically though, sounds like it is aimed at a singular person when really it’s a lot broader than that in context.
“Though it sounds cliche, I do actually want people to trust in themselves and to stop people from taking advantage of them in an attempt to turn the truth ‘upside down’,” Jess says. “We have a lot of songs in the pipeline, some collaborations, and some more solo projects. I’m super excited to share them with everyone!”