XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jem: Due to Covid, the gig scene has been non existent however the forced downtime has been a blessing in disguise for us as its allowed our axeman Bro-D to take the time to recover from much needed shoulder surgery.
We are currently focussed on new tunes and have a new album in the pipeline.
There may even be a trip that requires the use of an aeroplane to partake in a tour…when the world is feeling better!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Jem: Mojo Alice started out in a garage around 2016ish, but it was about 1 & 1/2 years ago that we actually locked in our final lineup and decided to ‘get a little more’ serious.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Jem: I just have to sing – its my thing.
The shower is simply not enough for me and being in a band is the best way for me to get my fix.
I just thank the stars I can hold a tune well enough to pretend to be a lead singer!
I sure got them Mojo Mofo fullas Morpheus, Bro-D & Matty-Ray fooled…!
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Jem: My dad’s family were very musical and most weekends they’d get out the guitars & beers & sing the night away.
My dad also had quite an eclectic collection of Vinyls that I used to play while he was at work
I ended up with an appreciation for music regardless of genre.
I did take guitar lessons but just dont have the patience needed to learn an instrument.
I much preferred to just open up my gob and sing 😁
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Jem: Hopefully ‘Fun Badassness’ 😈
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Jem: Currently we are working towards getting our new songs sorted and recording our 2nd album.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jem: Ooooh! That has to be a 50/50 answer!
There’s nothing like playing live to an appreciative audience.
The validation for all the time, work and effort put into creating your music comes from seeing souls enjoying it.
But to write new music and get it to a state where you want to record and share it is exhilarating.
Its like this big wheel that you want to just keep going round and round
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Jem: There is an underlying darkness to the lyrics. There’s voodoo, magic, emotions and each song is it’s own story – they are first inspired by a beat or riff that then evokes a word, idea or memory and then grow from there, like a little baby monster lol!
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Jem: To keep the music as honest, real – as possible.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Jem: I have a terribly inconvenient timing for toilet breaks…
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jem: To sing a Cher song…
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Jem: We are all extremely blessed!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Jem: Make music because you’re passionate about it (don’t do it for the fortune & fame)
Be open to critique (but don’t let it defeat you)
Stick to what feels right in your bones
And what will be, will be!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jem: ‘The Creature’ has an awesome rumbly beat right through it that gets me pumped and has heads bopping
‘Master of Lovin’ is smoother & velvety and I get to slide my voice around the lyrics, it also has sexy guitar running all the way through it.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jem: For me, I still remember the moment I said “I HAVE TO JOIN A BAND”
I was at a Katchafire concert (one of my fave NZ bands at the time) and the opening act KORA started up.
The bass boomed through the speakers, rumbled through my bones and literally woke up my soul – the lead singer started to sing – and I was blown away.
They were amazing.
I wanted to be just like them!
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Jem: To share the bill with Mojo Alice, I reckon: ACDC, ZZ Top, Joan Jett, Led Zep, Pantera, Rival Sons, BB King, Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm…I could go on forever really!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Jem: Recording our first album ‘Liquid Sin’
We did all but the Mastering at Mojo HQ – aka the garage. Old school!
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Jem: If I could’ve, I would’ve been a professional martini-by-the-pooler.
If you asked me when I was little, I would’ve said an Archeologist. Was always fascinated with Egypt, the Afterlife and the Universe!
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Jem: I have a Shure 58 microphone and a BASS VE20 vocal foot pedal for delay.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Jem: Very tech and visually driven.
To perform live, a lot have to use backing tracks & pre recorded samples.
One day in the near future, I see music going completely tech.
Even vocals will simply be a collection of sounds to mimic words – they won’t be vocals…
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Jem: I can move my eyes simultaneously in opposite directions (old party trick)
I hate eggs and I swear like a sailor.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Jem: Simply say thanks so much for the continued support! The world is full of fabulous artists, we are humbled you have found us.
Each like, each share and each play inspires & helps us to continue on.
Life is short, make sure you love and live it to the full!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!