On the Couch with Jessica Hitchcock

Jessica Hitchcock AAR On the CouchWho 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.

Happiness is?
Hard work!

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.

Jessica is the Choir Director of the Boite Millennium Chorus 2018, who will present the Mission Songs Project Concert at the Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 12 August – 2.30pm. For more information, visit: www.trybooking.com or www.boite.com.au for details.

Image: Jessica Hitchcock – courtesy of the artist