Welcome to The Daily Show. -Thank you.
-And congratulations on all of your success. Congratulations on being
nominated for a Grammy. Congratulations
on doing so well. I mean, you-you seem like
you’ve just come out of nowhere, but you have been doing this for a really,
really, really long time. One of my favorite introductions
I’ve ever heard you give is, you said, “Hi. I’m Jessie Reyez,
and I write sad songs.” -(chuckles)
-Is that how you see yourself? Pretty much, yeah.
I write a lot of sad songs. But… it’s-it’s not,
like someone play, like, a little violin
or something, like… It’s… it’s just,
I just happen to get more motivated to write
when I’m sad. I write happy songs– they’re
just few and far in between. Right. But you-you… you’re… the songs that you’ve released
so far, you know– ’cause we’re still waiting
for the album, which is gonna be coming out– but the songs
that you’ve released might have a sad tone to them,
a sad feeling, but it’s… it sometimes feels like there’s
always an undertone of love, there’s always…
there’s always, like, a dream that you’re going for,
there’s always… there’s always a feeling of hope
in the music itself. Is that something that
you’ve saved for the album, and then, like, you write
fun songs for other people? I guess. That’s funny. Um, sometimes,
sometimes when I… make songs for others, it’s kind
of like if I made a sweater. You know? And I knit
this beautiful sweater, and I’m like, “Oh, it’s nice,”
and I try it on, and I’m like, “This doesn’t fit right,”
you know? And then I give it to somebody
else, and it fits them perfect. But it might be hap… Like,
I’ve given away sad songs, too, but I feel like in life, when
you’re conscious of the fact that, like, highs and lows,
black and whites, up and downs have to exist, then sad songs
have a little bit of love, and even love songs have
a little bit of sadness, ’cause you know that
that love can’t last… can’t last, ’cause nobody
gets out of love alive. Like, we have to… You know? -I know, it’s…
-Oof. -(murmuring and applause)
-Wow. Wow. “Nobody gets out
of love alive”? Well, no, ’cause it…
Well, ’cause… What is love, the coronavirus? (laughter) Wow, Jessie. You just, like… You just took us on that,
like… Do you really believe that? Well, well, yeah,
because think about it. If… I mean, it’s… Listen. (laughter) If you… if you fall in love and you’re lucky and you happen to be
the minority that finds
the love of your life… -Uh-huh.
-And statistically, no… Like, statistically,
someone’s gonna cheat. We’ve got Instagram.
We got Tinder. We got all this BS that’s, like, catered
to lying to somebody or catered to finding quick love -and not what you work for.
-Right, right, right. So, suppose you…
you get by all that and you find
the love of your life and you guys are down
for each other and nobody lies and you make it
till you’re old and gray, which is beautiful, eventually, somebody has to die. That’s, like,
the truth of human life. (laughter and applause) -Somebody has to die.
-So you don’t survive love. You don’t survive love.
But you know what, though? If you keep that in mind,
then today you might not cheat. If you know that tomorrow’s
your last day, then today
you might not be a jerk. Today you might be
authentically yourself. Today you might
confess something if you know that tomorrow,
it could be all over. Wow. (cheering and applause) That’s a…
See, that’s what I mean. It-it starts out sad, and then it becomes
this beautiful inspiration, -a story of hope.
-(laughs) Your-your story is one that’s-that’s full
of inspiration and hope because, you know,
you-you live in a family, a family of immigrants
who moved to Canada. Um, I mean,
Canada seems to be producing so much musical talent
right now. It’s-it’s really insane. -But you-you were busking
at one point, you know? -Yes. It’s not like you had this
immediate rags to riches story. When you were doing that,
did you think that you were gonna see
the blowup the way you have now? Because you have fans like
Billie Eilish, for instance, who goes like,
“I love Jessie Reyez.” -I love… -Which is…
which is really amazing. -In fact, you’re gonna be
touring with her. -I am. -I am. -That just got announced,
like, now. Today. (cheering and applause) I’m excited. So, when-when you look
at that journey and-and what it’s been, what’s-what’s the story
you tell yourself of your life? That I’m blessed. That I’m honored.
That I’m lucky. That-that my hard work’s
paid off, and I can’t really, like, stop. -Mm-hmm.
-I can’t stop. It’s-it’s not often
that I kind of… Like, it’s-it’s only
when people ask me that I’m like,
“Oh, man, this is crazy.” I remember the days
where I had to bartend till, like, 6:00 in the morning,
counting tips. I remember the days
that I made two bucks busking because I couldn’t get anybody
to stop. I remember the days
I had to hand out mixtapes, begging people
to listen to my music for free. I remember all those days,
so when I think about that, it kind of makes me
more appreciative now. And now when I’m tired, if I’m on a tour bus,
I just, like… I look at… Or, no, I’ll give you
a better example. When I’m at home,
I have my old… It’s like,
Sobeys was our Publix. So, you know how
they have Publix in the States? -We have Sobeys in Canada.
-Mm-hmm. I used to be a cashier there, and I used to write songs
on receipts. So, I keep my name tag
on my shelf just to, like, click back in that I’m like,
“This life isn’t normal.” Touring,
doing what I love isn’t normal, so I got to make sure
I stay on top of it, stay grateful,
stay focused, stay awake. -(applause and cheering)
-You… You strike me as someone who… You strike me as someone who has-has a-a passion
and a drive about you that-that not many people
naturally would possess. You know, um, one of the things
you said that I found
really interesting is… I read you… you-you talked
about Coachella. And you’re performing
at Coachella for the first time. -Yes, sir.
-Congratulations. -Thank you. -You’re on the bill.
-(applause and cheering) But you said something
really interesting. You said, a few years ago,
you had the opportunity to go to Coachella,
and you said, “No. “I don’t want to go to Coachella until I’m performing
at Coachella.” -Yeah, man. Yeah.
-(laughter) Well, it’s kind of…
It’s-it’s jokes. It’s how I… First of all,
I have to thank my parents. Like, that-that… that uphill immigrant battle
is a real thing. -And watching my parents
have to, like… -(applause) -Hell, yeah.
-(applause and cheering) -Watching my parents have
to, like, hustle… -Yeah. hustle… hustle twice as hard
for opportunities, have to navigate in a world
where they didn’t speak the… -Like, their first language
is Spanish. -Mm-hmm. Have to navigate
in a world like that. Have to just-just…
work their asses off. I feel like it taught me to make
opportunities from failure, make opportunities
from-from any time that something seems too hard. So… so… if friends ask me
to go out to a club, in my head, I’m, like, I think of my
bartending days, and I’m like, “I don’t want to be there
if I’m not making money.” So, Coachella was kind of
the same thing. I was like, “Do I really want
to go if I’m not working?” -You know what I mean?
-You got to make that money. -You got to make that money,
baby. -You’re doing it now. I mean, you’re gonna be
on tour with Billie Eilish, and then, you’re gonna be
on tour doing your own thing. You are blowing up
exponentially. What is… what is the one thing
you dream of doing? Is there one collaboration? Is there one place you want
to perform? Is there…? ‘Cause now, the sky seems
to be the limit for you. Um… Hmm. Well, ’cause I’ve had…
I’ve… I’m such… such a believer in affirmations
and of list of goals and making sure you have a map,
’cause otherwise, how do you know
where you’re going? So a map is like your list
of goals. For a long time, I’ve had
on there, go farm for my dad. I’ve had a few accolades
on my wall. My mom, um, in Columbia,
used to work with kids, and my dad lost his mom
very young, so I want to work with kids
that don’t have that-that… -like, a stable home base.
-Mm-hmm. -(applause) So I want to start an orphanage
and name it after my mom. Thank you. All this…
This is so funny. All this sounds like
I’m this great human being. Like, I-I drink, I cuss.
Like, don’t think -all this is all like that,
you know. -Hey, man. -But… -If you drink and cuss
and open orphanages, -I think that-that…
-It’s balanced. That more
than balances things out. Thank you so much
for coming to the show. -Thank you. -I’m so excited
to see you perform. -I think everyone’s gonna fall
in love with you. -Thank you. Before Love Came to Kill Us
will be available March 27. She’s phenomenal. You make sure
you get this album. Catch her on her headlining tour
this Spring and opening for Billie Eilish
in March.