Gessie has been making waves in the Philippines since her first original release in late 2020. The Tarsier Records signee has since then released three originals, each showing her growth both as a woman and as an artist. In celebration of her latest single, “Callin’ It Quits” – we sat down with the rising RnB act to discuss her sound, her influences, and more.
Calling It Quits tells an intimate story of unreciprocated affection that speaks through pain and wasted love. With laid-back vocals and smooth arrangements from bass lines to looped drum beats, this R&B song captures the doom laden blues of getting back to someone you once loved.
Q: First and foremost, let’s have those who are meeting you for the first time get to know you more through your music. Send us three clips, can be anything from released songs, music videos, TikTok challenges, covers, etc for our readers to get a glimpse of your sound.
Q: Describe your sound in 3 words:
Raw, emotional, vibey!
Q: Who are your biggest influences as an artist?
My biggest influences would be my mom, Kehlani and Jhené Aiko. Jhené and Kehlani changed how I perceive artists because their music is so honest and unapologetic. My mom, on the other hand, was just there guiding me along the way. She allowed me to explore music and create my own stuff. It took a bit of time, but she is always just supportive and happy whenever I sing.
Q: What was your inspiration behind “Callin’ It Quits”? What was the creative process behind the song?
It stemmed from a past relationship that was going through a tiring cycle. I wrote the song when I was at my breaking point and when I decided to finally end it. I’d like to think “Callin’ It Quits” helped me move past the heartbreak from that relationship. This was a necessary release for me.
Q: Is there any advice you can share with women who are going through a similar experience like the one “Callin’ It Quits” details?
Never settle! You’re allowing better things to come in your life by letting what’s burning you out go.
Q: Name 3 other Filipino artists you’d like to collaborate with in the future:
Curtismith, Kiana V, Jess Connelly!
Q: Any upcoming releases that we should be on lookout for?
“Callin’ It Quits” is out NOW under Tarsier Records. Also, watch out for another one, a collab song coming out real soon!
Check out Gessie’s music below: