WHO ARE YOU?
Kia ora! I'm Jessica Lee Hansell but everyone calls me Coco.
I'm a musician, rapper, writer and artist. Depending on who you
ask I'm also a mentor and an activist - but I just call that not
being an egg. I am a Māori German Samoan woman hailing from
Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand. I produce heaps of creative work
under the name Coco Solid.
YEAH BUT ARE YOU LYING?
Nope. Here is my website with my music and art:
My animation series 'Aroha Bridge' I wrote and directed
A Sunday Star Times story about
My interview in I-D Magazine:
Noisey presents 10 Women and gender non-conforming
artists you should support right now
Saturday Paper Melbourne
Starling Literary Journal interview:
DO YOU HAVE AN INSUFFERABLE INTERNET PRESENCE
You know I do!
SAY SOMETHING THAT MAKES ME TRUST YOU
Look basically I like telling stories on my terms, the alchemy of
art, empowering my people, moving culture and conversations where I
can. My jam is offering 21st century Māori & Pacific people,
women, our young people, our queer people and those with very
little access to resources, education and money a new way of seeing
themselves. It makes me happy(ish).
OK I BELIEVE YOU. SO WHY DO YOU WANT
I'm not really asking for one particular project to be supported.
It's more living costs, that way I can stay alive so I can execute
several projects this summer. I want money just to live, make and
finish my sh*t.
I'm recording my mixtape 'COKES' this summer. In recent years I've
put out tracks and videos at random, while playing in my bands Badd
Energy (Flying Nun) and Parallel Dance Ensemble (Permanent Vacation
Germany). But this will be my first solo Coco Solid
album in five years. Everyone has been hassling
me so I need to take the time (aka money) to make it good.
I have an unfinished book of illustrated essays called 'Foodcore'
which was due at the publishers about 400 years ago. It's about
race and food. Thankfully Matt Emery at Pikitia Press (Melbourne)
is da man and has been patiently chill about it. But I have to get
it finished, meaning I need some pens that don't run out and some
time (aka money) to get it done.
I'm one of the writers in film collective Piki Films (Taika
Waititi, Oscar Kightley, Madeleine Sami, Victor Rodger). We've been
workshopping my screenplay for a feature length animation and you
guessed it a) I'm obviously mental b) it's almost finished but not
quite. Recently I got to go to the ImagineNative film festival in
Toronto to screen our cartoon Aroha Bridge. There I found out I
would be the first Māori woman to direct a film of this length and
nature, so (after I threw up from imposter syndrome and nerves) I
decided it should probably be good. This means, yep, I need a bit
more time and money.
I gotta move from Wellington back to Auckland this January.
If you have ever experienced the logistical bloodbath that is
relocating cities and getting into a new place you probably know
what I am about to ask you for. Money m888
YEAH YEAH ALRIGHT, HOW MUCH DO YOU
I am asking for $5,000. I figure it's not a scary amount and it
should cover the very, very, very bare essentials. I have been told
I should ask for more but I think I'll just let donators determine
what I'm entitled to and I'll be sweet either way. Also times are
hard, especially on people who typically support me (minorities
lol) so I'll keep it simple. I am also a hustler and I know how to
make 5k go a long way. This crowdfunding is an experiment. I wanted
to try something different from the arts funding racket, working on
stuff I hate and my stressful freelance work as a paid
WHAT IF YOU DO GET MORE?
If by some miracle this happens, I'd put extra money towards
1) A series of panel talks focused on rape culture and gender
inequality in New Zealand music and media, as this is a much-needed
conversation and no one in the industry is doing anything about
2) I would probably expand my inclusive club night Kuini Qontrol
to a national night, where we support more women DJ's, more POC and
queer people in the club.
3) I would contribute and signal-boost the work of other
kaupapa-driven collectives in my community
4) I'd put money towards a scholarship I've been offered in
Montreal next year
5) For the sake of transparency I would probably get my nails
done, get an NBA league pass subscription and order extra cashews
at the food court.
Please check out my work, make a donation or just share this link
page if you can. I am a real one and it would be cool to share some
of these projects with you, help a sister out :)
Ngā mihi nui!
Fa'afetai tele lava!
Thank you for reading!