Meet an artist who puts herself and her personality into her music. Someone who has been through a lot and harnesses that into strength. She exudes confidence with style and much like the inspiration of big cities where she wrote her new song, “Prada,” unapologetically cocky. Meet Jessie Malih.
[RADX:] Tell us about your latest dope music video?
[Jessie:] My latest music video was CRAZY! It was shot in New York City Times Square. None of it was planned. I met with a mutual friend found out he did videos and it went on from there. It was just me and my friends roaming around the city going off the energy that was attracting us. I was able to capture footage in a DeLorean, aka the “Back to the Future” car. Also just having random strangers hop in the video and vibe out with me. It’s wild, because my friend on the flight to NYC was telling me how dope it would be to shoot something there. It really manifested.
[RADX:] What does creating music mean to you?
[Jessie:] Creating music to me means putting me and personality into a song. Writing music is just a way for me to get everything going on inside of me out. Good or bad. It’s like telling a story about who I am and what I experience.
[RADX:] What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
Listen to your intuition.
What you are currently going through is temporary.
Be protective over your energy and soundings.
You can do anything you put your mind to.
[RADX:] How old are you? When did you first start in music?
[Jessie:] I’m 18 years old. I’ve always wrote songs and played with music. It wasn’t until a year ago that I started recording and actually releasing tracks.
[RADX:] How has your journey been?
[Jessie:] My journey has been a roller coaster ride. It’s been filled with so many emotions, blessings, and opportunities. From having days where I’m having the time of my life on stage, or in my zone in the booth, to having self deprecating thoughts questioning if I can really do this.
[RADX:] Where did you grow up? What was your upbringing like?
[Jessie:] I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fl. My upbringing was not always a walk in the park. My mom was a single mother raising me and my brother. She always had to work so my brother kind of played a parent role to me. Growing up I went through a lot of stages/environments. From living paycheck to paycheck struggling to living quite well. This was an up and down cycle. I also had to battle depression and anxiety a lot of my childhood years because of traumatizing experiences I had went through. Life just wasn’t always the sweetest.
[RADX:] How did that influence your interest and efforts in music?
[Jessie:] Music was an escape for me. Whether it was listening to others or writing my own music. It was just like being able to take my experiences and my feelings and create them into art/sound.
[RADX:] What’s the correct pronunciation of your last name?
[RADX:] What is your ethnicity?
[Jessie:] My ethnicity is Syrian.
[RADX:] Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
[Jessie:] Five years from now I see myself living off the freedom of my own art. Inspiring boys and girls all over the world to chase their dreams.
[RADX:] How do you like to relax and chill out?
[Jessie:] I love to relax by nature or beautiful city lights. I also enjoy visualizing my future, chilling with myself, and thoughts.
[RADX:] Who is your greatest music role model?
[Jessie:] My greatest role model currently is Rico Nasty.
[RADX:] Where can we find you on Social Media?
[Jessie:] Instagram, Twitter, and SnapChat: @akajessiee