Jesca Hoop is a Californian singer-songwriter whose musical influences range from modern folk to timeless balladeering. Raised by strict Mormon parents, as a child she performed in a theatre built in her basement. She's worked as a nanny to Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's children, which proved an education on several levels. Hoop's toured with Polyphonic Spree, Elbow, Mark Knopfler, and in 2009 with Greg Laswell. Her self-released album Hunting My Dress was released in November last year to huge critical acclaim and heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music. The Observer noted after her sell-out show in London that Jesca, 'spins a balance between play and poignancy, complexity and catchiness without breaking a thread'. Her single Feast of the Heart is out now.

When and where did you last have a really good night out?

In Brighton, with my band mates after a show

What's your favourite item of clothing and why?

Right now, it's a big wool coat because it is cold as in Edinburgh today

When did you last shed a tear?

Today in a radio session after laughing my head off

Apparently you've been living in Manchester- tell us three things you love about the city….

Elbow/Guy Garvey, Mark Riley, Radcliffe and Maconie

If you could own any piece of art in the world, what would it be?

I would own an original Banksy piece.

Who makes you go weak with desire?

My man

Ultimately, what made you break away from Mormonism?

My parents divorce and making my first true friend who was raised by atheist parents

Would you encourage a dance mix of your material?


When was the last time you told a lie?

If I did tell a lie, I wouldn't admit it in this interview

With a theatre in your basement, did you not feel inclined towards acting?

I was an actress from early age, but I haven't acted for many years

Do you think marijuana should be legalised?

I don't think it should be illegal....however it's good that the government can't tax it and that the growers and dealers take the income. If it became legal, the governments would get their greedy little paws all over it.

Is the UK election of interest to you and what do you make of the candidates for PM?

I think David Cameron comes off as extremely pompous. Other than that, I haven't been following the campaign.

Who is your favourite fictional character?

Amelia Badelia (Amelia Bedelia is the haphazard and slightly naughty character in a series of American children's books written by Peggy Parish)

You've spent time helping at a rehabilitation centre for troubled children, did it change your views of motherhood?

Not that I know of. The parents are often times just as messed up as the kids.

Apparently you lost some stuff at Glastonbury, but what did you find?

A gorgeous copper tin made by one of the blacksmiths.

What is the biggest misconception about folk artists?

I have no idea really

What show/advert/corporation would you refuse to let have your music, even if the money was obscene?


Do you think the X-Factor/American Idol is good or bad for music in general?

These kinds of shows disgust me to be frank. The shows and the judges are one big joke. I get really embarrassed for human kind when I watch them. It puts me in a shit mood. I'm irritated just thinking about it.

What album would you take to a desert island?

I couldn't choose between them...they all serve different purposes, so I guess I would just have to go with what was on me at the time.

You've collaborated with a wide range of musicians- who would you like to work with in the future?

I would love to do something with MIA and Bon Iver

How would you describe your music?

beautiful, dark, uplifting, schitzo , fun, musical, smart etc

You got a hot date/guest you wanna impress- what do you cook them?

Tacos made from scratch including the tortillas.

What song will you have played at your funeral?

'This Woman's Work' by Kate Bush

What would you change (if anything) about your physical appearance?

I would rather be ginger

If your music was a recreational drug, what would it be?

A little acid mixed with some ecstacy, mixed with some ketamine, mixed with some heroin, mixed with absinth, mixed with GHB, mixed with whiskey, mixed with coke, mixed with pot.

What's the most embarrassing thing on your iPod?

L'il Wayne... I like L'il Wayne, but only when he guests on other peoples stuff...his records don't do it for me.

If you could be trapped in a lift with any 3 living people - who would they be?

My man, my neighbour and his girlfriend...those four minds together...we wouldn't be stuck long.