Jesca Hoop has toured with Elbow and The Eels, sung a duet with Peter Gabriel, and co-presented a BBC radio show with Guy Garvey.
Besides her busy life on the road, Jesca Hoop keeps a ‘dreams’ blog where she can connect with her audience on a personal level while stoking her imagination.
We ask her to reveal why she started documenting her dreams, what she has learned from the process and how it helps her musical career.
Harvesting Creativity From Dreams
Writing down dreams is a cross training of sorts. There are many ‘cross trainers’ for creativity: cooking, painting, dancing, walking… and dreaming!
To articulate a dream especially one that is abstract or non-sequitur is a great challenge and it exercises the imagination’s connection with all of the senses.
Recalling the taste in a dream, feeling a range of emotions or physical sensations as they happen in a dream is a magical experience.
The practice of connecting my senses in this way, I do believe, helps me communicate my ideas through song.
It is a practice and a skill you can build like exercising a set of muscles. It can help you dream even more than you already do!
Perhaps this technique is not for every song writer, but if you dream and you wish to recall more of what you dream, spend time each morning to record them.
Trace the steps, if not just to enjoy the dream realm for a bit longer.
Gaining Personal Insights
Dreams can help you understand yourself better, but sometimes it appears like a whole lot of craziness! – Like the paper recycling is over flowing with junk mail.
I do love it though when I have a flying dream, or especially a breathing under water dream which I take to mean a deep sense of calm.
I try to connect to my senses through music, through singing and writing these songs in ways that color the world and expand this realm beyond these limited and apparent dimensions.
I wish to increase love and compassion through the great challenge of expressing fully what it is to experience this life in this body.
Making Social Media Personal
We all know that social media established is the most heavily used tool in reaching one’s audience.
But, I recognize that I am quite a private person and it often works against my nature to project myself through social media.
I wanted to provide more for those who wanted to hear from me personally, so I began to think about how I could reach out in genuine ways that remain still creative and stand as an offering from myself and insights into who I am.
Social media gives you a chance to have and hold direct connections with those very people that enable you to keep working. For these people, I am continually grateful.
Jesca Hoop’s rich life experience is reflected in her distinctive voice and inventive song craft. Tom Waits described her as being “like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night”. Peter Gabriel took her to South America to sing with him, and she has supported the Eels, Andrew Bird, Punch Brothers and Elbow. Guy Garvey even had her do a stint as guest presenter on his BBC radio show in early 2012. Find out about her next album ‘Memories Are Now’ on her website www.jescahoop.com.