Jessy Rose was just 18 when he first came to attention as frontman of Hare Squead. They soon became Ireland’s hottest emerging band, amassing 50 million streams, performing at festivals all over Europe and collaborating with GoldLink. But in 2018, he stepped away from the spotlight to focus on a solo project.

Here is what Jessy had to say when we got a chance to ask him some questions.

Can you tell us a bit about your new single ‘Set Free’

“This single is a song about redemption. Its the first song I wrote for the EP im about to put out and it sorta encapsulates where my mind was at that time”.

Who were your musical influences growing up

“Some of my influences growing up include Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chris brown, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and John legend”.

Where do you get inspiration for your lyrics?

“I get my inspiration for my lyrics from dreams, movies, and real life experiences”.

What has been your best gig?

“My best gig was with my ex band Hare Squead in ancient belique on the Dua Lipa ‘Hotter Than Hell’ tour”.

Can you describe your music in 3 words? 

“Poetic, Eclectic, Descriptive”

Can you tell us anything about your new EP?

“One thing I can say about this EP is that it’s the first of many to come!”

What are your plans for the rest of 2021?

“My plan for the rest of 2021 is to release more music and hopefully start playing some shows again granted ms. Corona goes away :(“.

If you had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?

“One thing I’d like to be remembered for outside music is that I never held back…”

By Siân Parker