Jessica 6 (band)

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Jessica 6
Jessica 6.jpg
Jessica 6 performing at the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York City, United States
GenresDisco, house, nu-disco
Years active2008-present
LabelsMignight Sun Sound (2009), Peacefrog Records (2011–present)
Associated actsHercules & Love Affair
Websitehttp://peacefrog.com/artists/jessica-6
MembersNomi Ruiz
Andrew Raposo
Morgan Wiley

Jessica 6 is the electronic pop performing alias of Nomi Ruiz which began as a Brooklyn-based Nu-disco and R&B trio that formed after helping put together the Hercules and Love Affair live show. Formerly known as Deep Red,[1] their name was taken from the lead character of the same name from the 1967 novel Logan's Run.[2]

History[edit]

Nomi Ruiz first met Andrew Raposo and Morgan Wiley in late 2007 after they helped put together the Hercules and Love Affair live show,[3] but didn't form the band until 2008. The band's bassist Andrew Raposo stated that the band formed after “Nomi [Ruiz] brought over a kick-pattern and a song she’d written called ‘Fun Girl.'” Raposo first met Wiley in college before joining the now defunct DFA produced hip-hop act Automato together.[2] The single "Fun Girl" was later released in October 2009 through the label Midnight Sun Sound.[4]

In 2010, Jessica 6 added drummer Jim Orso to the band, and also contributed a cover of David Bowie's "I'm Deranged" to the tribute album We Were So Turned On: A Tribute to David Bowie.[5]

After signing to Peacefrog Records, Jessica 6 released the single "White Horse" on 7 January 2011.[6] The music video for the song premiered on Perez Hilton's website on 28 February 2011.[7] "White Horse" was released as a free download on RCRD LBL.[8] "White Horse" became a minor hit in Belgium, peaking at number 34 on the Belgian Wallonia Ultratip Chart.[9] To promote the album See the Light, Jessica 6 also released a limited edition vinyl of the song "Prisoner of Love."[10] "Prisoner of Love" features Hercules and Love Affair collaborator Antony Hegarty and was featured on Pitchfork Media.[11]

Their debut album See the Light was released on 6 June 2011.[12] The album received positive reviews from contemporary critics, earning an average score of 66/100 on the music review aggregation of Metacritic.[13] To coincide with the album's release, Jessica 6 released a free download of the song "East Went Funk" on RCRD LBL.[14]

Artistry[edit]

Jessica 6 has been influenced by Vanity 6, Apollonia 6,[15] and Britney Spears circa Blackout.[2] Their music is described by Allmusic as a "mix of R&B, disco, and hip-hop -- along with healthy doses of freestyle, funk, punk, and pop."[16] Jessica 6 also identified Cuban-mafia fashion, the works of Dario Argento, and camp themes as sources of inspiration for the band's fashion and visuals.[2]

Band members[edit]

  • Nomi Ruiz – vocals (2008–present)
  • Andrew Rapasso – bass guitar (2008–2013)
  • Morgan Wiley – keyboards (2008–2013)
  • Jim Orso - drums (2010-2013)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • See the Light (2011)
  • The Capricorn (2015)
  • The ELIOT Sessions (2018)

Singles[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Album Video Director(s) Link
2009 See the Light "Fun Girl" Bijoux Altamirano[17] Video on YouTube
2011 "White Horse" Marco Ovando[17] Video on YouTube
"Prisoner of Love" Marco Ovando[18] Video on YouTube
2015 The Capricorn "Down Low" Gabriel Magdaleno Video on YouTube
2015 The Capricorn "Can't Tear Us Apart" Gabriel Magdaleno Video on YouTube
2018 The ELIOT Sessions "The Storm Inside" Juampi Mejias Video on YouTube

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Deep Red is now Jessica 6 + The Berg Sans Nipple is touring". Brooklyn Vegan. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Gould-Simon, Alisa. "Peacefrog : Artists : Jessica 6". Peacefrog Records. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  3. ^ Adams, Robyn (11 March 2010). "Jessica 6 Interview: SXSW 2010 - Spinner". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  4. ^ Hartner, Dan (9 October 2009). "RA Reviews: Jessica 6 - Fun Girls (Remixes) (Single)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  5. ^ Breihan (16 July 2010). "Pitchfork: New Release: Various Artists: We Were So Turned On (David Bowie Tribute)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Peacefrog: Releases : White Horse". Peacefrog Records. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  7. ^ Hilton, Perez (28 February 2011). "Watch & Listen: Take A Ride!". PerezHilton.com. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Jessica 6 - White Horse". RCRD LBL. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Ultratop.be - Jessica 6 - White Horse". Ultratip. ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  10. ^ "Peacefrog: Releases : Prisoner of Love". Peacefrog Records. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  11. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (21 April 2011). "Pitchfork: Listen: Antony Collaborates With Jessica 6". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  12. ^ "Peacefrog : News". Peacefrog Records. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  13. ^ "See the Light Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  14. ^ Kaylor, Hillary. "Jessica 6 | Free Music Downloads". RCRD LBL. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  15. ^ Chapman, Alex (8 June 2011). "Jessica 6 For Paper Magazine". Paper Magazine. Archived from the original on 31 August 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  16. ^ Phares, Heather. "Jessica 6". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  17. ^ a b Blodgett, Sam (8 April 2011). "BrightestYoungThings: Jessica 6's Nomi". Brightest Young Things. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  18. ^ Neyland, Nick (27 October 2011). "Jessica 6: 'Prisoner of Love' f. Antony (Video)". Prefix. Retrieved 12 November 2011.

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