Jessye DeSilva’s (they/them/theirs) brand of indie folk music centers around a philosophy of radical openness and specificity in storytelling. They believe in the idea that empathy is an artist’s greatest tool in nurturing a sense of community with their listeners. Having grown up queer in a religious family, issues such as queer love, religious trauma, chosen family, and societal alienation figure prominently in their work. Armed with a piano and a voice which is both fierce and fragile, Jessye “… evokes a chest-ripping emotion that hovers inches above the ground, pouring forth the kind of wellspring folk music rarely witnesses” (Jason Scott, B-Sides and Badlands).
Hear them now on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/jessye-desilva
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Drawing inspiration from artists like Rico Nasty, Frank Ocean and Audrey Nuna the EP became PixieShawty’s introduction into the music industry. Zai became almost obsessed with freestyling and this new way for a filmmaker to tell stories. Soon after and to Zai’s pleasant surprise they booked their first two gigs as an official rapper/vocalist one day after the other. The Pixie performed Hamilton’s “My Shot” (a song very different from their previous Hamilton performances) at the LOMA Black History Month celebration and “Pixie” (the first song off their EP) at one of the last big New York City parties before the Quarantine of 2020. PixieShawty dropped “Social Isolation”, a reflection of the times, a few weeks into Quarantine from their New York home. Currently, Zai and Ryan are working on several singles and supporters of Zai anticipate several other virtual modeling projects PixieShawty has been teasing.
From Strangermusic.org: “If you took the One from #TwentyOnePilots and doused him in #Logic, then lightly dusted him in the crazy of #SlimShady… You would get Stranger. A crazy caring rapper who once was a lady. #NF said.”
Hear him on https://strangermusic.org/music
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