On the Couch with Jessica Hitchcock
Who is Jessica Hitchcock
I’m a singer, songwriter, teacher and composer. My family originates from the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea, and I grew up south of Sydney with a massive musical family.
What would you do differently to what you do now?
I studied anthropology at Sydney University before being drawn back into playing music full time. So I suppose I’d be an anthropologist! I like the idea of really immersing yourself in another culture and hopefully being able to help the deal with the ‘bureaucracy’ of life.
Who inspires you and why?
People who I see giving music as a career a real proper go. I admire their determination and watching them succeed, knowing that days or even hours before, they weren’t sure they ever wanted to play a note again! Those people inspire me to keep going.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Keep spreading important messages through music. Music has the ability to draw in even the hardest of listeners… it can convey so much in just 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
New York City – it’s bustling with life and with people who are trying to make their stamp on the world through music, art or dance – and even through money and business. It’s exciting!
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I take them on a tour of all the best cafes, restaurants, laneways, cocktail bars and nightlife. That’s what Melbourne is about.
What are you currently reading?
The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts.
What are you currently listening to?
The new album I’ve recorded but not yet released – Bloodline.
What does the future hold for you?
More of what I’m doing now: singing, composing and eventually touring with my own stories to tell.