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INTERVIEW: Janine The Machine

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

I’m amazing! I just dropped my new EP High Places and I feel like the happiest girl in the world! I’ve been creating music since I was a child, so it feels so good to finally share my art with the world.

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

Mañana is one of the first songs I wrote from the EP. It’s produced by Pierre Medor and Tricky Stewart. The vibe of the track is really flirty and playful, so I wanted to match feeling with my lyrics.

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

Mañana is all about getting caught up in the magic of the moment. It’s about that feeling you get at the start of a new relationship when everything feels exciting and beautiful. You laugh at all their dumb jokes, you get chills seeing their name pop up in your texts, you don’t have any expectations…you’re just enjoying the moment for what it is.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Creating the video was so much fun! I really wanted to bring people into my world so I decided to write the treatment myself and direct the video with my friends. I wanted it to feel real…less like a video and more like a vlog documenting my every day life. Authenticity is everything!

The single comes off your new album High Places – what’s the story behind the title?

High Places is a mindset. It’s about leveling up and operating at the frequency where greatness lives. We all have a purpose in life. A calling. Mine is music. I want people to hear my music and feel inspired. Whatever your goal or high place is, go for it! And don’t stop until you get there!

How was the recording and writing process?

For me, music is therapy. It’s how I express myself. I’m terrible at telling people how I feel, but if you ask me to write it in a song, I can do it with no problem. Writing and recording the EP felt so natural because the studio is my second home. When I’m in the booth, I’m fearless. It’s just me and the music and I love every moment of it!

What was it like to work with Tricky Stewart and how did that relationship develop?

Tricky is a living legend. Working with him is so dope because I’m constantly learning. I met Tricky through an artist friend of mine, Raja Kumari. I flew to Atlanta to co-write a few songs for her project and those songs ended up catching his attention. I ended up moving to Atlanta about a week later to work on my project. It sounds kinda crazy when I think about it but the vibe just felt right. I’m all about energy and good vibes.

How much did he influence the album?

Tricky and I executive produced the album together. He’s super hands-on with some songs like Gully & Mañana, and on others he kinda just let’s me do my thing. He trusts my process and that’s what makes our relationship so cool.

How your upbringing has influence your music?

My mom is Jamaican so I grew up listening to a lot of reggae in my house.  I love incorporating those swaggy, island rhythms into my music. I also traveled a lot as a kid, so I got to experience music from all over the world. I like experimenting with different sounds and genres. I want my music to feel international.

What role does Detroit play in your writing?

There’s something really inspiring about being from a place that has birthed so many amazing artists. From the whole Motown scene to Anita Baker to J. Dilla to Eminem… I’m just trying to keep the legacy of greatness going!

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I pretty much write what I feel. I’m very private in my personal life but I’m an open book when I’m in the studio. I write about shit that happens in my life, or the lives of my friends. It’s always a little awkward when I have to explain to them, that I used their drama for entertainment purposes.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! My live show is like a inside look into my crazy world and I can’t wait to share it with everyone!  It’s fun, it’s spontaneous, and 100% authentic to who I am.

What else is happening next in Janine The Machine’s world? 

Right now, I’m writing and recording music for my next project. (I’m always writing…I literally go crazy if I’m away from the studio for too long.) I’m also prepping for tour, meditating, and getting ready to receive all the blessings the universe has in store for me! I’m living my dream and I couldn’t be happier!

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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