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

 

Age is just a number

 

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Adam Darius

“Yes, along with my performances in Venezuela, Macedonia etc. I still teach and write books” –  Was the answer of the 84 year old, Adam Darius, when I first contacted him a half year ago.

Adam Darius is not only a phenomenal mime artist and ballet dancer who has performed in 87 countries, but also a great choreographer, playwright,  and author of 17 books, let alone one of the best coaches I have ever come across.

With an old wise soul, a sharp mind and movements that even some 20 year olds can’t pull off, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I met Adam the first time.

Adam_dariusHe coaches me in expressing myself through singing, acting, speaking, dancing as well as writing and never fails to notice if I’m not “fully in the zone”.
Even though it requires a lot of energy and focus, I always seem to gain more than I lose after each session.

How he came to live in Finland 19 years ago is a long story, but I’m definitely not the only one who realized what a guru we have just around the corner. Along with his own continuing performances he has many projects going on as well as students and friends around him.
Our last session was accompanied by Eero Heinonen, the bass player of the well known band “The Rasmus”, who is in the process of making a documentary featuring Adam’s career.

So far he has filmed in Finland, USA as well as in Russia. It is a true pleasure to be a part of it, and as soon as I get info about the release date I will keep you updated!

Rock on!

- Jessica Wolff

Ps. Eero was very nice to work with and the following day we caught up for some song writing.

 

 

 

 

The pen is on fire!

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I bet everyone wanted to throw a TV out the window at least once in their life.
If not for anger management, than just for the fun of it or to feel like a rock star. At least I did, but I never thought I’d actually get the chance to experience it.

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Last Sunday was a hell of a fun day. I took part in “Soulcages” music video, where I got to do a lot of stunt fighting and trash up an apartment.

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After the shootings I quickly washed my make up of before heading to the airport to go to the middle of Finland to work on my next album.
I don’t think the security guards would have let me on the plane without some serious questions.

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( Make up by Kukka Raejärvi)

The last two days of songwriting with Janne Hyöty have been absolutely awesome! This guy is a genius and the only one in Finland who made 15 number 1 hits in Japan. 15!!! That’s just crazy!

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Within the first hour we completed the structure for the first song, like a dance on roses.
It’s funny how the lyric flow goes in periods. Sometimes I can be blocked for weeks and sometimes the text just pours out of me. This time it almost put my pen on fire!

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After finishing the first demo Janne left the room to work on a new melody while I polished up the lyrics.
When I went to grab a coffee, I found him jamming in the kitchen and 10 min later we got back to the studio room and started recording the second song.

A week ago reality bit me harder than a bulldog and now it’s giving me hugs and kisses!

Rock on!

- Jessica

Bulldog- and reality bites

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Hi there

When I got back to Finland over a week ago, “realty” bit me harder than the bulldog in DR, with a pile of to-do lists, bills and an empty snake cage….
I didn’t burn the bills but I did find the snake, fed him, but this time left the cage door open and now he is digesting on top of my heater.

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After a day of resting, I took the bull by the horn and so far so productive!

I had nice gig after a long break with the band, which felt great! I worked on some songs for the next album, acting, studying
and got back to Kung-Fu training.
Unfortunately not quite as smooth as before..
About a month ago I pulled a muscle (with a loud “pop”) sound.
I didn’t feel it as much in the warm weather of DR, and didn’t realize all my activities were making it worse.
Now that I’m back in Finlands cold weather I suddenly can’t lift my leg higher than 90° and have some difficulties walking. Lesson learned…. I just have to kick with the right leg instead.

Next thing up is some acting and stunts for the band “Soulcages” musicvideo as well as a song writing session in the middle of Finland with Janne Hyöty within a couple of days. Can’t wait!!!

Rock on

Jessica

A rough night

Hey there,

Here’s the latest stunt fight I did a few weeks ago. A bit random and weird with some good moments. Enjoy!

“Rough Night”

Rock on!

Ps. Just about to head back to Helsinki for an up coming gig next Saturday! More info soon!