On the Couch with Jess Hitchcock

MSO Jess Hitchcock photo by Tessa ThamesWho is Jess Hitchcock?
I am a singer-songwriter who doesn’t stick to one genre

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I wasn’t a singer I would have loved to have been an archaeologist or an osteopath. Saying that, I’m happy where I am in my career, but could do with a few more hours of sleep.

Who inspires you and why?
On the music front; it’s Dolly Parton and Paul Kelly. I’ve had the honour of working with Paul and he’s taught me not just about songwriting but also demonstrated integrity and care in looking after his band and crew. Dolly, actually like Paul, can speak to a spectrum of people. Her songwriting is incredible and her talent with instruments, too. She radiates kindness and intelligence. On a personal front; my mum and brother for their ability to care for others and also to enjoy life.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I hope my music makes a difference; person by person.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
Rome, Italy. I love that this city is existing amongst the ancient ruins of another time. It feels so out of this world, the food, the culture, everything about it feels exciting to me.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Local beach for a walk if the weather is nice enough and a local Mexican restaurant

What are you currently reading?
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara.

What are you currently listening to?
Olivia Dean’s 2023 album, Messy.

Happiness is?
The people I love being happy.

What does the future hold for you?
Music, lots of it! Performing it and writing it!


Jess stars with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Hopelessly Devoted: A Celebration of Olivia Newton-John – which will be presented at Hamer Hall – Arts Centre Melbourne from 7 – 9 March 2024. For more information, visit: www.mso.com.au for details.

Image: Jess Hitchcock – photo by Tessa Thames