INTERVIEW: Juanita Stein

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

Hello! I’ve been well thanks, navigating my way through this Alice in Wonderland maze we all find ourselves in 2020!

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

Snapshot was the last song to be written for my new album (title of the same name) I suppose it makes sense that it came after recording all the other songs, I had a chance to process a little bit more. So for me, the idea of holding on to someone as a lasting memory is the snapshot. A photograph, a letter, a possession, something physical that allows you to hold on to the person you love, but can’t hold in that moment. 

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

As explained above, it’s about keeping someone you are missing close to you. I lost my dear father in early 2019 quite suddenly, and so it inspired this record for me. Music was/ and is an extraordinary blessing for that reason. 

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Well because of the lockdown, and at that stage, it was the very start, we were barely allowed outside of the house, so it inspired me to create inside. We used an old bed sheet as a green screen and filmed me performing to the camera. I was able to use that footage afterwards using special effects. I actually really enjoyed the process as i had full control over how we made the video and i was able to edit it exactly how I would have wanted. 

How was the recording and writing process?
The writing was very cathartic for me, it was essentially my way of grieving and moving through that initial period of devastation. The recording was immense, and i mean that in a positive way. I had 8 or so months to really consider the songs and the lyrics, the sounds, the phrasing, i was able to hold it up more than I’ve been able to in the past. 

What role does Brighton play in your music?

Brighton is a free spirit! A hippy, hipster, eccentric bum, nomad and city dweller all at the same time. I resonate with all those characters, so essentially living here allows me the mental space and encouragement to make exactly the kind of music i need to. I’ve also grown my hair out.  

What aspect of grief did you get to explore on this record?

I was able to explore grief on a more poetic and spiritual level than I think i might have were I not recording this album. I was able to phrase exactly the kind of silence and eeriness I was feeling in my mind and body at the time. I could realise certain things, I would not have. Talking about something a lot, is a double edged sword for sure, but in this case, I believe it helped me get through some things at the time. It also helped me remain close to my father who was a musician. 

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

Inwardly, it was purely inward looking. If anything, i can see now, how deep inside my own head and heart iwas, which allowed me to access a certain spirituality and creativity I would never have been able to otherwise. 

What else is happening next in Juanita Stein’s world?

November 1st i’ll be streaming a 24 hour ‘on demand’ live performance at a rehearsal studio in brighton. So I’m def looking forward to that, playing the new songs and holding an electric guitar again!

Watch Snapshot on Youtube

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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