We sat down with J. Worra after she crushed the Woogie Stage at Lightning in a Bottle last weekend and asked her a few quick questions to get to know her a little bit better. If you were at her set, you couldn’t have missed the deep and funky vibes that started the festival weekend off right. We want to share a glimpse into her life so we met up and asked her eight different questions after her set, ranging from her hometown, to artist influences, to what keeps her up at night. We also asked her to keep each answer as concise as possible, using one to two sentences or less. The result? Let’s get to know J. Worra:
Beautiful Buzzz: Where are you from?
J. Worra: Originally I’m from a super small town in Illinois, but I lived in Chicago for like 5 years. That’s where I get a lot of my influence from.
Beautiful Buzzz: What was your favorite thing to do when you were growing up as a kid?
J. Worra: Honestly, probably play sports - that was my big outlet.
BB: What is your favorite part of your career as an artist?
JW: There’s nothing that compares to making music and playing it in front of a crowd and having them react, and love it...so production is a big part of me.
BB: Who were your biggest influencers throughout your career, both initially as well as now?
JW: Chris Lake, Green Velvet, Gene Farris, those are some of the Chicago guys. And now, coming more into my artistry, Billy Kenny has been a big influence.
BB: Any artist or artists you’re hoping to work with this year or in the near future?
JW: Chris Lake, Walker & Royce, Justin Martin are all artists I’d like to work with in the future, but it’ll come in due time.
BB: Most memorable show you’ve played thus far for you personally, and or most memorable moment taken from any show at this point?
JW: Honestly -- it might be Lightning in a Bottle when I f**in’ got up on top of the decks. I’ve never stood on top of the decks and talked to the crowd...I’m usually not allowed to get on the mic haha. That’s a high right there.
BB: Last two questions… What gets you out of bed in the morning?
JW: My dog, ‘cause he has to go outside
BB: What keeps you up at night?
JW: Probably just thinking about my music career, and thinking about the things I have going for me. You know, I think it’s natural for an artist to always question what they have going on and if it’s going to impact the industry and for me it’s really important to have a career that has longevity and I want people to look at me like I’m changing the industry for the better.
Lightning in a Bottle is unlike any other festival, due to its eclectic mix of music, art, and culture, and people. We talked with J. Worra after her set last weekend to get to know a little bit more about her and her hometown influences, favorite artists, and hopes for the future. Her deep, groovy set under the bright sky at the beautiful Woogie Stage fit flawlessly within the festival’s incredible setting and we are incredibly excited to watch her continue to climb.
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