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INTERVIEW: Jen Janet

Hi Jen, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been very busy! I was just in the studio last night recording some music.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Dangerous”?

Sure, there’s a lyric video for it up right now on Youtube. The rest of the EP will be released March 6th. “Dangerous” has a fun, cool vibe to it. I really wanted it to be a song people would get up and dance to. The lyrics have a fun, glamorous, and mysterious vibe to them and I hope people will have fun with that.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

There wasn’t one event that inspired it. Growing up I always loved comic book heroes and action movies, especially the women in them. I love watching a badass, powerful lady save the day or take on the bad guys. That’s really more where the subject came from. It’s just about celebrating powerful women who do what they want.

Any plans to release a music video for the single?

Not right now, but you never know what the future will hold.

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

I felt that this was the strongest song on the EP in many ways- it’s arguably the most upbeat and dance oriented song. It’s also strong because it’s about a strong woman. “Dangerous” has a nice vibe to it, and I really wanted this particular song to stand out to people.

How was the recording and writing process?

I actually wrote most of this song when I was about sixteen. I’ve tweaked it here and there, but the basic concept was the same. I had a little notebook where I wrote bits and pieces of lyrics, and then I put them all together. For the structure of the song, I used a computer program to create the sounds I wanted. In the studio, I teamed up with producer Larry Ohh of the band Scare Don’t Fear. The process was very fast- we recorded it in November and now it’s on Youtube.

Do you take a different approach when you are writing for another project than when you are working on your own music?

Yes, definitely. I’m in a rock/metal band called Blind Revision also. For that project, writing is a collaborative effort. Usually other band members bring an idea to the group, and then we all write our separate parts. For our first EP Fight or Flight, I brought a lot of initial song ideas to the group, but for our upcoming EP I took a step back and only contributed vocals and keyboard parts. I think it’s better that way because if it’s more of a collaborate effort, we can appreciate each other’s talents more. I think the new music sounds much more cohesive, and everyone is very happy with it. It allows everyone to have pretty much the same degree of control over the music as everyone else.

When I’m working on my own music, the control is all with me. I like being the one to make the decisions, but the  downside is that if I make a mistake, it’s completely on me. I’m excited to release this EP though, and so far it has been very well received and well reviewed, so that makes me very happy.

What aspect of love and relationships did you get to explore on this record?

A few of the songs are really just about having fun, and having fun with people you care about. Those are more lighthearted, because I just wanted people to enjoy what they hear and get up and dance. However, the serious song on the EP is called “In Bloom” and it’s more of a piano ballad. That song is very personal, and I wrote it with the intent of showing how complicated relationships can be. You can feel that you love and hate someone at the same time. But even when relationships go bad, you always learn something from it, and I wanted to showcase that as well. Toward the end of the song, the lyrics involve looking back on that relationship and understanding what I gained from the experience, not necessarily just what was lost.

Any plans to hit the road?

Not yet with my EP Dangerous, but I will be touring with Blind Revision this May. We will be doing an east coast tour of the U.S.

What else is happening next in Jen Janet’s world?

Since this is my first official release, I have no idea! I’d like to hear everyone’s feedback and continue to make upbeat music. I think whatever I release next will have a more dark, serious vibe to it though. I’d like to write more about serious issues that are going on in the world. I’ve written some very serious music for my band, but I have not yet done that in the electronic music genre, so I’d love to explore that.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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