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Interview: Jessica Rotter Talks ‘Pitch Perfect’ & New Album ‘Plains’

From singing on the soundtracks to films like Pitch Perfect to launching her debut album Plains, Jessica Rotter has wound her way through a musical upbringing to become a powerhouse talent. We had a chance to chat with the Los Angeles native about everything from staying true to yourself to biggest guilty pleasures.

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Jessica Rotter brings a natural vibrance to her self-written songs.

Check out what she had to say here:

BandRumors: You just released your first album, congrats! What was the most challenging part of the process? The most gratifying?

Jessica Rotter: Thank you! The most challenging part was finding my sound. This is my first album and up until this project I had been singing for everyone else’s music so I was always morphing my voice and fitting into different genres. This was my first time discovering who I am as an artist and putting together a piece that is wholly myself. That is incredibly gratifying. And learning the skills to be an open hearted collaborator was also really gratifying. I made friendships and relationships in this process that are so valuable.

BR: You also sing for film and television. What has been your favorite project to work on and why?

JR: I think the Pitch Perfect movies have been my favorite. It’s incredibly fun and soloistic in nature. And the producer Harvey Mason, Jr. is just a blast to work with!

BR: Do you remember what first sparked your interest in music?

JR: My whole family is musical so I have always been around it. I started singing scales with my mom when I was a baby and I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love music. But I do remember standing at the top of our stairs singing classical arias at 10 years old. That really sparked my love for singing in a serious way.

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Jessica Rotter performed her track ‘Porch Song’ live on KCAL9.

BR: Your dad is also a successful musician. Did you ever feel pressured into going down this path?

JR: Both of my parents are! My mom is an incredible flute player and has been playing for movies since before I was born. My dad was a composer but is now a music contractor and hires musicians for orchestras. My grandpa wrote music for artists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and was a very talented multi instrumentalist session player. I never felt pressured to be a musician. It always felt very natural, normal, and organic.

BR: Do you ever face pressure from other music industry professionals to make your music into something you don’t want it to be? How do you deal with that?

JR: I do, and I hold on to the fact that my music is mine. And the people I collaborate with are in support of this sound we find together. There’s no point in putting yourself in a box if that box isn’t your size. I love the wonderful things that happen musically when you’re not trying to be someone else.

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Jessica stunned at her album launch party.

BR: You’ve performed at incredible venues like the W Hotel and the Standard. Do you have a favorite venue to play at?

JR: Hotel Cafe has been my favorite thus far. I played there multiple times last year and it has a great vibe. There’s also a new spot on Fairfax called Open Space and they have the best sound of any venue I have heard. It’s a really great listening room.

BR: What’s your favorite way to get motivated to write?

JR: I play the piano and just fool around and usually something will come to me. But a lot of times, a song will just come to me – usually while driving!

BR: Now for the really serious stuff–what’s your biggest guilty pleasure?

JR: Hilary Duff. I have a huge friend crush on her. Can’t we be moms together?


Jessica Rotter’s debut album Plains is available on iTunes and Spotify.

About The Author

Katie Meschke is the assistant editor for BandRumors. Her publishing experience dates back to her UCLA days when she was a writer/editor for the Daily Bruin. She has appeared in several films, including American Sniper (2014) and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016).

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