Stunting around

Hi there!

After a successful week in London, full of meetings and interesting people, my first thing up when I got home, was an interview about my stunt work for MTV3 News in Finland.

Writing music and performing is one of the best things on the planet.
Its when the creative part of your brain can dance on purple clouds without limits.

However, if you want to make it as an artist you have to inlcude the business part, which can sometimes be very demanding and shrink my braincells into small raisins.

Stunting is a great counterbalance. It’s like a playground for grown ups, where let the little Tarzan in me out and release some energy.
Here’s a combo of action projects I’ve been a part of. Big thanks to Mikko Löppönen for making this video.
Enjoy! (To see the interview, check the link below)

Here you can check out the news insert.

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Rock On!!!

 

Cheers!

A Haunted Castle And A Nubian Rose

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The castle gates

 

Hi there!

Greetings from the Swedish country side.
I tried to find a hotel near by my vocal coach, and ended up in a “haunted” castle from 1600th century with a history all the way back to year 990 when the first version of the castle was built.
To my disappointment the ghost didn’t care to introduce themselves…. How rude…

After a good nights sleep ,I woke up early for a morning jog  and by the time I got back I was soaked by the rain from head to toe,  feeling more like a frog than a princess.
Since I didn’t stumble over a pair of dried shoes I ended up wearing slippers the whole day, resulting in a lot of confused face expressions and some interesting comments.

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Like an overly excited scout I got the brilliant idea to walk 10 km before starting the singing session. One of the best ways to feel out the new songs.

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Plant house selfie with Sofia. Picking tomatoes and cucumbers for lunch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sessions with Sofia Lilja ( also known as the Swedish “Idol coach”) have been filled with lots of wonderful tunes, brainwaves, emotions and laughter.

She is by far the best sining teacher I’ve ever come across.
5 years ago, when I was still studying theatre, a manager from Sweden discovered a demo song and without hesitation,  I jumped out of school and straight into the unknown.

I had no connections or clue what the music business is all about and what it takes to be a solo artist.
One of the first actions, was to choose the songs and to find a good coach.
Patric, the manager, connected me to Sofia, and before I knew it I was standing at her doorstep.

With a classical background and a fresh spark for pop/rock, I was facing a lot of new ways to express myself as well as challenges.

I remember feeling nervous, outside of my comfort zone, just like standing infront of too judges wondering if you meet their expectations.

Sofia quickly turned that feeling upside-down by welcoming me with open arms and such a
warm hearted, positive energy, that I soon felt at home.

When she heard I’m an actress she started applying it into our sessions.

To discover the corners of my voice, we started “breaking” the songs apart and stretching them to the extreme.
She had me performing like a heavy rocker while singing a ballad, going through all sorts of emotions, physical gestures and characters, just to see how it effected my voice.
By the time I went to the studio for the first songs (You Should Get Over Me, Playing For Keeps, I Will Live On etc..), I had a big bag of tools with me.

She´s one of the few people who’ve seen my path from “where it started” to where I am today. These 3 days with her have been simply amazing and once again I leave the session with new tools to use for the next album recording.

I can’t wait to get to the studio!!

- Jessica

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One of the beautiful chill out spots in the castle

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Music Behind The Bars

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The day started well at 07:00. Went for a nice jog with the bass player,Cheri. It’s a little routine we picked up in Tokyo. But instead of being surrounded by millions of people and a Japanese garden we had the landscape of forest, more forest and fields.

After breakfast we jumped into the pink bus and headed to the prison.
Our stage was in the middle of the prison yard on the back of a big truck.

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Unfortunately I couldn't bring my phone in but should get some pictures later.

Together with the band "Ground Breakers", we had to plan 2 sets of 20min each, since there are 2 groups of convicts that don't get along.
Soon the first group started to show up. They kept a pretty good distance from the stage.
They didn't dance much but based on the applause and the vibe I could sense a positive energy.
One of the guards told me they haven't got any live music or entertainment in decades, and apparently they were way calmer than normally to makes sure they don't "mess it up".

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After lunch and a "sight seeing" in the prison we got ready for the second gig.
Afterwards one prisoner shouted out that he wanted a signature.

He thanked me, gave me a hug and before I knew it there was a big line behind him resulting in one huge sign & hug party.

Sukeva is said to be one of the most "dangerous" prisons in Finland. It's probably true but I can't complain about the hospitality. We got well welcomed and the convicts were very respectful.

Now were on the road on our way to Pelso where we'll perform tomorrow before heading to Kestilä.


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See you soon!!

Sukeva Prison

 

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Hi everyone!

Tomorrow I’m heading out on a prison tour. I’m really excited about this one.
First one up is Sukeva, around 7h drive up north from Helsinki.
There we’ll stay over night before doing the first show next morning.
We only got 20 min though, which is reaaally tight, so I better not babble too much.

Stay tuned, I’ll be posting from the road!

Cheers

Back To Prison!

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I believe the best change comes through motivation and positive energy rather than judging and black painting. That’s where music comes in handy and one of the main reason why I chose to become a singer – to effect people through music.
I was in the middle of paying bills when all of a sudden I got hit by a brainwave so hard I almost fell off the chair.
“I have to make a prison tour!! I just have to, no way around it!”
I don’t know if it was the memories and impact from my last prison performance in Sörnäinen, but it felt like I could walk through a wall to make it happen.

I quickly forgot the bills and with my fingers on fire I wrote a long email to the person in charge.
He got more than surprised to hear from me since he was actually in the middle of planning a prison tour himself and had thought of me. It couldn’t have clicked better.
A month later the tour got confirmed and I could finally do my happy dance.
People might wonder what’s going through my head and why the hell I’m so happy about going to prison.
This is my little story and how it began.

I got very excited when I first got invited to play at “Sörkkä Rock” one year ago in the spring 2013. 

After finally getting through the security check with the metal detectors, dogs and the whole shibang we got to the backstage in front of the prison yard.

There was a fence between the stage and the audience but we were still allowed to go inside the yard where the convicts served juice and something to eat.

One of them came up to me and kindly asked if there was any chance I could dedicate a song to him since it was his birthday that day.
I was the last artist on stage, and right before my performance it started raining so much the power went off.
 The audience waited patiently for 45 minutes tucked under a tent, hoping we could fix the problem.

When we ran out of time they still gave us applause for trying and one of the staff members promised to invite me back.
A half year later I once again stood outside of the prison ready to go through the metal detectors one more time with the band members.
This time the security was way stricter than before since the gig was inside the prison and many doors and hallways to go through.


Some happy convicts welcomed me on the way in and one of the guards told me they had waited eagerly for this gig for months.

The first 4 seats were empty, and the fifth was filled with policemen with their backs against the stage.
Out of 300, 80 convicts were allowed to participate.
It was a very intimate gig, and in a way a very revealing and relaxing one.
A place where I could go very deep into the feeling of the songs and express myself freely.
 You can’t do the normal  “Are you having a good time!!! Lets rock the dance floor!!”  yet you can’t make a big deal out of it either.
With other words the only thing that makes sense is to be your true honest self, share the message in the songs, and send out good vibes.  Like a gift.
Normally when you look someone into the eyes during a gig they either look away or jam with you. In this case I was met by the best poker faces I’ve ever seen.
Except for 2 people who had their smiles glued to their ears through the whole gig. The rest  of the 78,  didn’t move a single muscle in their faces……but their feet did! ;)

Even though I didnt get the normal response, the energy and vibe was very strong and positive and by the sound of the applause I could sense it was very appreciated.
 I found the birthday hero in the audience and could finally dedicate the song.

I few months later at a party, someone randomly came up to me and told me how much the dedicated song meant to his friend in prison.
When music goes around like that serving a good purpose, it feels like completing a mission.
By the end of the day we’re just people. Criminal or no criminal, we share the same feelings.
Whatever is the reason for a crime, I believe it comes from only a part of the personality. Once a crime is commited its easy to put a “criminal” stamp in the forehead and forget that there’s more to a person than a bad action.

Trophy Girl

 

Hi everybody!
After writing songs for my new album in New York last spring, I took a quick stop over in the Dominican Republic before heading back home.
On my second day, I decided to make something musically productive out of the trip.

With only one camera and no crew, I got Alexis Pierret from AP Visuals, to film my daily activities and after weeks of editing he turned it into this music video!
There are not many photographers who can kite while filming as well as dive deep under water and keep the camera steady!!!

It was such a fun challenge!  Singing while kiting, as well as under water.
Not just having to guess the rhythm of the song, but also avoiding to crash into other kiters or getting swallowed by 2 m waves!!

A couple of times I was too close to the camera and the kite lines got all tangled. It took us almost an hour to get back to land.

Enjoy the video and please share! )

Rock on!!

Ps. The “big news on Monday” I wrote about in my last blog is still on the way. I just have to get the green “ok, to release light”.  So stay tuned!

Monday

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Hey guys!!

I’ll send you a T-shirt and my pet snake if you can guess what kind of news I’m about to break next Monday the 18th!

Until then, rock the weekend!!

– Jessica Wolff

Sneak Peek

 

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“We need a castle, a metal detector, special made costumes as well as make up that looks like something between the style in Hunger Games and Alice In Wonderland”

During the first meeting I wasn’t sure if the producer was gonna laugh or cry when I dropped the news along with the budget.

Still it’s just a fraction of what was needed in order to pull off the music video concept , that has been on my mind since I got home from LA after recording my album last year.

It’s the most complex video so far, but thanks to an absolutely amazing team we pulled it off in 2 days!
Here are some juicy sneak peeks for you!

 

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Together with the “friendly” joker, played by Rasmus Branders. I can’t think of anyone who would have done a better job on the character!

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Lights, smoke, behind the scenes filming, make up, costume… one part missing and the puzzle wouldn’t be completed! I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

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In just 10 days, the costume designer, Ilkka Salakari, made more than 5 special made costumes! This talented young man went way over my expectations <3

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“Vanajanlinna”

 

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The producer Henri Kiviniemi made sure to keep the team entertained by giving himself a soap shower after a long hot day!!

 

There are a lot of people left to mention, not let a lone the story and where the song itself, but those details will be saved for the actual release in a couple of months! Until then, stay tuned! In a couple of weeks I’ll have some new surprises for you ;)

Rock On!

– Jessica Wolff

Home Sweet Home

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Hi there,

Just got back to Helsinki a few days ago after an amazing trip!

My last days in Los Angeles were just as awesome as the first one. The songwriting session I was supposed to have never happened, but instead a lot of other things took place.

Jumping from one couch to another, I met some good friends, interesting people, film directors and had very inspiring conversations that planted new headlines on my goal list. It’s going to be interesting to see how they grow into reality.

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Here’s the trailer for the short movie we made with stunt team in San Diego for the 48h Film Festival:

 

After a long flight home I had a couple of hours time to rest before heading to the Kurki Festival in Vesilahti.

It was by far the best jet lag I’ve ever had. The audience was really great, jamming, dancing and singing along with me.

Next thing in line will be a music video shooting for an up-coming release, followed by a very special tour this Atumn which will soon be revealed.

Stay tuned!!

Jessica Wolff

 

The City Of Angels

 

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Hi everyone!

When I travel, something weird always happens to me… Always.
Last time I went to the US, I got sent to a room for questioning cause of a stupid misunderstanding.
This time it started with my heart almost dropping down to my stomach as I was going through customs, and realized my Esta Visa might have expired.
After asking a bunch of questions the officer wanted to see if I was actually an artist and told me to sing.
Before I knew it a shaky “Amazing Grace” slipped out of my mouth, why that specific song I’m not sure but I’m glad it didn’t include the words “bomb” or “terrorist”…
All good, he seemed entertained and I got through.

After over 20 hours of traveling, 2 sweet hours of sleep and 7 espresso shots, I got picked up by the stuntman/actor Fernando Jay Huerto, at 6am to film a short movie in San Diego for the 48h Film Festival.

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The combo of an awesome team, stunts and acting must have switched on the reserve battery cause 10 h later I was still standing, with a big smile on my face surrounded by happy people and marshmallows.

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I’ll post the film on my blog sometime between the end of July and middle of August.

Still got a couple of days to go.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings!

– Jessica