Esjay Jones is one of the most accomplished musicians you may have never heard of. The South Africa native hit No. 1 several times with Stealing Love Jones, and has production credits on releases by Sean Kingston, Alien Ant Farm and Grey Daze, Chester Bennington’s former group. Now she’s set her sights on (We Are) PIGS project, the trap-metal fusion project on which Jones has vocal duties. The group plans to release a cover of Chevelle’s “The Red” on March 12. To learn more, visit www.facebook.com/WeArePigsBand. Jones is the latest to take The Lucky 13; here are her answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
If I remember correctly, it was a Cliff Richard concert with my mom and dad when I was about 7 or 8 years old.
What was the first album you owned?
My very first album was a cassette tape—DC Talk. I think it was called Nu Thang.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Chevelle, Deftones, and Sneaker Pimps.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I’m not madly in love with the mumble-rap game. I get the syrupy sonic vibe; however, the rapping-in-triplets vibe gets old fast for me.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I would love to see the Sneaker Pimps Becoming X lineup. That would be epic!
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
What’s your favorite music venue?
I always loved Brick by Brick in San Diego. Great memories!
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Erase and rewind, ’cause I’ve been changing my mind,” “Erase/Rewind,” The Cardigans.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Most probably Alanis Morissette. I had never seen a woman so powerful in vulnerability.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I think I would love to chat with (Incubus’) Brandon Boyd about the writing process behind Morning View. I think that record lyrically is so rad and conversational.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Wild World” by Cat Stevens
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
White Pony by Deftones.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
It’s not out yet, but We Are PIGS is about to release a cover of “The Red” by Chevelle. It’s out on March 12.