I was lucky enough to catch up with Jess for a chat...
Interview with Jess Origliasso of The Veronicas
By Cameron Chambers
Hey Jess, how are you this
I'm good, how are you?
Really good thanks. I know
we're pretty limited for time so let's get into it to make sure we cover
all the questions shall we?
The Veronicas have been
pretty quiet this year... what's been keeping you guys busy?
Ah... writing and recording
our second record, ha ha. That's been keeping us pretty busy for the
last six months!
Your new record “Hook
Me Up” is set to drop on November 3rd
– how did the writing and recording process differ from your debut
I guess, you know, writing
for the first record was kind of a long process. We did a big, world
trip and a lot of experimenting and you know, we actually had a lot
of the songs written before we signed our deal... so when it came to
writing our second record we knew exactly who we wanted to work with
and the people we wanted to go to and um... we just kind of stayed in
LA the whole time and had people fly in to us, that kind of thing, so
it made it a bit easier that way.
In the past you've worked
with some highly respected song writers such as Cliff Magness and Billy
Steinberg – did you and Lisa have any assistance this time around
or did you keep the writing between yourselves?
Yeah, we did. We wrote with
a bunch of people and um... it was really cool!
We wrote with a guy John Feldman
who we didn't get to work with on the first record, who we absolutely
adore and love and we also went back to Toby Gad who we wrote most of
this record with and he actually wrote a couple of songs on our first
We worked with Billy and Josh
again on one or two songs and then a guy named Greg Wells who we didn't
work with on the first record but he produced the songs on the first
album. So yeah, we knew who we wanted to go to who could get this new
sound and help create it and yeah... so it worked out well!
Is there a dominant song
writer out of you and Jess or do you take a more
Yeah, we both do everything
pretty much. Yeah... we both kind of share everything.
The lead single and title
track probably threw a few of your fans... do the rest of the songs
on the record have the same electronic feel to them?
I mean, you know, “Hook Me
Up” probably has the most pop or electro feel but the rest of it has
a lot more guitars in it and there's a couple of ballads on there and
there's a couple of songs on there that are more similar to the first
But I guess the electro feel
is over the whole album.
Were you concerned that
your audience might not understand or appreciate what you're trying
to do with your new music?
I mean, I think they got it.
Obviously we didn't want to make a record that was the same as the first
and I hope that they appreciate that.
I think they like that you
can kind of dance a lot more to this record... it's very much us still!
As I mentioned, “Hook
Me Up” is quite a drastic departure from “The Secret Life Of...”,
is this kind of sound something you've been interested in doing for
a while or did it just naturally come about during the writing sessions
for the record?
Yeah, I mean it's been over
two years since we were writing for “The Secret Life Of...” so obviously
musically we had new influences and kind of... new ideas for it.
It's definitely something that
kind of just came around but it was also something that we knew we wanted
The single has just been
certified gold so you're obviously happy with the response but did
you expect your fans to embrace your new sound so quickly?
Yeah... I mean no! We weren't
expecting it. It's awesome!
It's always a great surprise
when things like that do well. You know, we were really surprised, ha
ha, and really happy!
The “Hook Me Up” tour
kicks off on November 30th, what can fans expect
from your live shows this time round?
It's going to be a bigger show...
it's going to be more production based. There's going to be a lot of
new songs as well.
We've got our band back out
and it's going to be a lot of fun!
Are you still going to be
playing with a full band or is the emphasis going to be on yourself
and Lisa given the direction of your newer material?
You know, live... we're still,
it's still a lot more rock orientated even though it's a more electro
You know, it's going to be
a little different live... there's a lot more keys involved. The boys...
luckily our band are extremely talented and they can switch between
guitar and keys quite easily.
“The Secret Life Of...”
was a huge success here in Australia. Now that you've already established
yourselves at home will you be focusing more on the overseas market?
Definitely! Next year we'll
be focusing on the overseas market... lots of touring and releasing
The “Hook Me Up” tour
wraps up in Mid December – what do you have planned after that?
Um... Christmas and birthdays
and spending some time with our family and loved ones, ha ha.
Sounds like some much needed
time off. Will you be planning a more extensive Australian tour for
Um... you now what? This is
probably going to be our last tour for a little while in Australia coz
they've we've got to head overseas to Europe, Asia and America so that's
why we want to make these concerts some nice big ones!
2007 has been such a great
year for Australian music – who are some bands or artists that have
caught your attention?
Oh, good question!
There's a lot of bands. I loved
Silverchair's new record. I loved um... I haven't heard much new Australian
stuff that's come out... I can only kind of recommend old bands, ha
Is that bad?
No, not at all. You can
stick to the classics if you want, ha ha.
Um... you know we've been in
America for the whole first half of this year so there's a lot of American
bands I can tell you, ha ha.
Feel free to reel off a
few of those if you'd like.
Yeah um, a band we've been
kind of listening to for the last year and a half or two years is ShinyToy Guns. They're a really cool kind of electro pop
Another band called Under
The Influence Of Giants. They're kind of a mix between electro,
disco and pop. They're really really cool and I love them.
I love The Sounds...
they're from the UK.
That pretty much wraps it
up Jess, is there anything else you'd like to say?
Um, that's great. Thank you!
Thank you and good luck
with the tour.
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