Jess Weimer has led a musical life. Weimer’s performing career began in musical theater, and has continued to evolve since the age of 5. The Kansas native’s musical style weaves indie, alternative, and pop to create a sound all her own.
“It was Jess’ big voice that first caught our attention. Her singing style is fresh and full of life. But after speaking with her, we really knew we found something special. Jess is extremely hard working, has a strong vision, and wants to win. We can’t wait to see/hear her talents blossom.” -Another Victory
We connected with Jess to see how she was handling life as a newly-signed artist. Check out this interview where Jess discusses what it was like getting signed, how her musical style is like a slice of pizza, and what’s up next for her.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Your musical style, influences, background, etc.
My musical style has evolved into an indie-alt vibe. My background and influences are pretty diverse. I grew up performing in musical theater, playing in chamber orchestra, singing and fiddling in a Bluegrass-Fiddle band, and fangirling over Vans Warped Tour. I started writing songs in the single digits and never stopped. I more seriously pursued a music career after releasing my first music video, “Telltale Signs,” in 2016. I just released my latest single, “In Your Fire,” on September 28th of this year and I’m planning on releasing another one early November 2018. My inspirations range from Etta James, to Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Bishop Briggs, K.Flay, and Dorothy.
If you had to describe your musical style as a food dish, what would it be and why?
Pizza. I might be biased because it’s my favorite, but there’s something about pizza that everyone can appreciate. It can be simple, deep (dish), versatile, and it’s open for interpretation.
How did you hear about ReverbNation and our opportunities for labels and artists? Had you heard of Another Victory before this opportunity?
When I first entertained the idea of pursuing music I did some research on tools for independent artists and discovered ReverbNation. I created a profile and fully dove into everything the site offered. I’ve gotten a lot of press coverage, I was a finalist in a songwriting competition, and I discovered Another Victory—all thanks to opportunities from ReverbNation.
What excites you the most about your future as a signed musician? What scares you the most about it?
I’m so excited to work with a company that’s invested in my future as an artist. Another Victory has already been incredible—they’ve hit the ground running and are planning to film a couple music videos for me late this month! All of the placement opportunities that this opens up are awesome. Too stoked to be scared.
Why do you think you were selected for this opportunity? What sets you apart?
My music adds to the experience of rocking out by empowering listeners to champion their voices, which seemed to align with Another Victory’s purpose very well. I think my definiteness of decision and dedication to my music also made a difference.
Do you have a mentor or a role model, musically or otherwise? How important have they been to get you to this point in your career?
My dad has been pivotal in getting me to this point. He encouraged me to perform when I was about ready to give it up out of fear at a young age. I’m eternally grateful to him and my mom for their constant support. Also my coach, Keenah Armitage, was the loving guide who opened my eyes to creating a full-time career as a musician. I’ve been fortunate to have so many extremely supportive people in my life. Couldn’t have done it alone.
What are you hoping to achieve with Another Victory? What are your goals?
I’m hoping for us to secure a placement and release a music video by the end of the year. I’m currently writing and recording for other people, so my goal with Another Victory is to create a sustainable career from the music I write for myself.
What’s your favorite venue you have played to date?
The Gibson Guitar Showroom was one of my favorites. It was an awesome show. Everyone from the venue was so professional, great, and fun to work with.
If you could give yourself any advice from when you were just starting out, what would it be?
I would tell my former self to keep up the faith, work on my craft, visualize where I want to be, and take inspired action like my life depends on it (because it does).
What inspires you every day to make music and perform?
I am my best self when I’m making music. Pursuing my passion of music is my medium to inspire others, which is what in turn inspires me. I have so much gratitude for this ability, and knowing that I could do something important with it keeps me going.
What’s next for you? Where is Jess Weimer going?
I have another single coming out in early November, we’re making music videos, I’ll be gigging around LA regularly, and I now have a wonderful publishing company to add to the mix. I’d say keep a look out for updates on Instagram or Facebook because lots of amazing things are happening and I’m so grateful for all of them.