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From Vibe Vixen — Jack Davey is striking, confident and clear on who she is. As one of half the electro-pop and punk band J*Davey, I imagine there’s no other way for her to be. But I’m wrong. Between her LA nook and my small space at a New York Starbucks, we chat about her growth into becoming the self-assured queen whose New Designer Drug we’re currently addicted to.

I first felt the punch of this electronic funk duo with 2008’s The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost and instantly when likened the outlandish sound to Prince. Fast forward, the free-spirited frontwoman, with the assist of producer and partner Brook D’Leau, has toured with the Purple Rain legend and championed a new age sound of pop-rock perfection. Successful, right? Jack, born Briana Cartwright, didn’t always think so. “I had this crazy idea of success and considering all the amazing things I’ve done in my career, I still didn’t see myself as successful,” she admits. “It was really strange.”

Thanks to baby Keane Tripper, the 30-year-old new mother has fully transformed from strange to solidified in her purpose for life. “I got the love, the baby and still have the career, and it’s grown,” she realizes. “It’s changed and gotten better. I just really had to settle into, into the reality of my success, instead of chasing something that didn’t exist.”

Jack tells Vixen of her partying ways of pre-baby past, shares some wisdom for young women and what the future holds for the Lady Tripper. Oh, and what can make your Instagram as cool as hers! —Niki McGloster

What is your life like now being a new mommy?
It’s the same. Not as wild, of course, but it’s just…I think women were born with the gift of multitasking, so it’s just another ball to throw into the juggle pattern. It’s not like it’s difficult; it’s just something that you know that you have to take care of him and so you do it. You don’t really think about it being difficult or is this too much? It’s just another …

It’s just another thing on the to-do list.
Yeah, and you don’t even have to think about it. I have an amazing baby. He’s really chill, he rolls with the punches and he likes being on-the-go. I love that.

Before you became a mom, how was your lifestyle?
Wild. It was fun and scandalous, and I was working like crazy and partying even crazier. I had no limits. I could just go on and on forever. I wasn’t sleeping and I wasn’t eating right, just carelessness. You’re just pushing yourself beyond the limits because you’re young and you’re gonna live forever. You’re meeting new people and loving people and breaking hearts and all of that. I did all of that, and I did it to the max. That’s why I tell young girls, Live your life to the fullest. Don’t compromise on any life experiences. Do everything you can before you really settle down and become a mother because now I feel like I’m not missing anything. I still have friends who are single and going out and doing the thing that I’ve had the luxury of doing since college and I don’t miss it. I think if I would’ve had a baby before this time, I would feel like I was missing out on something, but now I got it all out of my system, so I’m able to really settle into this process and settle down. I was getting to the end of my road of being wild. It’s not that I’m not free-spirited; I’m still a free spirit in the way that I raise my baby and our daily routine and mind state. I’m just not a wild child anymore.

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  • iQgraphics

    love her

  • omfg

    i lurve me some j davey.

    i like new designer drug but i luuurrrvveee The Beauty in Distortion/The Land of the Lost cd.

  • Bee

    She is not rock, and she is definitely not a queen of rock. They need to stop abusing that label “rock”. If we want to use labels, the girl is a just an indie pop artist, like a slightly more interesting and un-slutty Rihanna. Not rock. If we want to talk black girl rock stars, this is rock: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3paK30yBgF0&feature=relmfu or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuTxSmuZ9fI&feature=related or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDDfZpyKVBw&feature=related. Shingai Shoniwa is rock. Tina Turner is rock. Grace Jones is rock and whole lotta something else. Lisa Kekaula is rock. Skunk Anansie is rock. J’Davey is fairly typical indie pop. (Okay, I’m done with my admittedly elitist rant.)

    This is not to say that I hate J’Davey’s music. It’s all right. I’m just a little of tired of people calling/labeling lame pop music soul and rock and rap. We should just ditch those labels–rock, soul, rap–because they don’t apply to most of our new singers anyway.

    • Right…

      Thank you!! She makes house sounding pop music (IMO). Definitely not rock music. Label abuse for sure.

  • gwan gyal

    she’s super cool. Saw them a couple of months ago in Chicago..love their style!

  • Like I said in my comment on VibeVixen.com that got removed (lol) a woman is not a “cruel and heartless bitch” if she don’t desire to have children (read the entire article). I love JDavey (the collective) but I have always hated Jack’s attitude.

    Shut up and sing.