Artst to watch: dance, cry, hex your ex: what should you do while listening to banks?

BANKS — aka Jillian Banks, aka our new favorite ethereal badass, aka MTV’s Artist To Watch for the next two weeks — is so tuned into our emotions that she lists her personal phone number on Facebook. Which means, guys, that you can call her any time you want and spill your deepest, most buried feelings.

She’s also so tuned into our emotions — particularly the moodier ones — that her debut record, Goddess, is the perfect accompaniment to myriad activities of the ruminating variety. We made you a quiz to help you choose what to do while you explore our newest Artist To Watch’s tunes, but first, let’s get to know her a little better:

Who She Is


26-year-old LA native Jillian Mapes started making music at age 15, according to Billboard, after her parent’s divorce when she started messing around with a toy piano. “All of a sudden, my fingers were twiddling on the keys and I didn’t know what I was playing,” she told Billboard. “But a weird melody would come out and it was like unnngh. … Ten pounds — just all this weight lifted off me.”

She didn’t pursue music right away, though — first she majored in psychology at the University of Southern California. After a friend showed Banks’ music to DJ/producer Trevor McFedries (Katy Perry, Sky Ferreira), however, she became BANKS — with McFedries as her manager. From there, she toured with the likes of The Weeknd, contributed the song “Waiting Game” to “Divergent,” and her debut record, Goddess, dropped in 2014.

What You Should Listen To

Everything and anything BANKS has ever written, of course — but, today, we have two special performance for you: “Beggin’ For Thread,” which she wrote when “I was my feeling my most unhinged and broken,” BANKS told MTV News, and “Waiting Game,” the aforementioned sad and sultry song from “Divergent.”

What’s Next?


BANKS is currently playing all of the festivals this summer, but, in the meantime, it seems she COULD be whipping up some new tunes soon. “I just need to write right now,” she told Vice. “I’ll be playing a few upcoming festivals and shows, but I want to create so badly, that’s all my mind is on right now. I’ve been creating the past few weeks and I can’t even describe the feeling.”

We second that feeling — and you should, too, to the lady herself. BANKS is waiting for your call.