Someone is the moniker for multi-disciplinary artist Tessa Rose Jackson. As Someone, she releases cosmic art and psychedelic pop music. The British born artist, based in Amsterdam, finds great joy exploring the intensity with which art and music can be fused in a way that they enhance each other fully.
Hence, in May 2019, she released her second EP ‘ORBIT’ in a rather unusual and innovative way – via an Augmented Reality art exhibition and smartphone app.
For each of the five songs she created a matching artwork, using abstract shapes to suggest scenes of distant planets and strange constellations. When viewed through a tablet or phone the artworks come to life, and the song linked to that piece will start playing through the visitor’s headphones.
When she takes to the stage with her 5-piece band, Someone aims to create an equally immersive experience. She created trippy animations that she projects onto a see-through screen in front of the band. These visuals build together with the musical dynamics throughout each song, enhancing her story-telling and bringing the band and the audience together into the same surrealist universe.
The ‘ORBIT’ exhibition and live show was presented in January 2019 at Eurosonic in the Netherlands to great enthusiastic response. NME wrote: ‘Amsterdam alt-pop artist Someone steals the week, singing behind a transparent screen full of space waves, floating planets and sunrises.’ … ‘Mark our words, Someone is gonna be someone.’
But 2019 is promising to be an even more exciting year for Someone. Having already played at MaMa festival (Paris) and Reeperbahn (Hamburg), she will be taking the ORBIT experience to Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven) and BIME festival (Bilbao) in November.
At Sonic Visions she will discuss the ideology and artistic development of the ORBIT Augmented Reality app, demonstrating how it works and performing one of her songs in a solo, acoustic setting.