Hi JAN3T, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
It’s f*cking hot, I’m sweating. I had some terrible sushi yesterday. I haven’t called mom in a while.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Allons Y”?
It was written in that insane summer of 2020. America felt like it was unraveling. I woke up everyday and checked for news – coronavirus, sociopolitical mayhem, violence on social media. I realized that I was essentially starting my day by downloading anxiety into my brain and after a while I started to wake up in the middle of the night in a state of panic. That’s generally the kind of mental state I was in at the time.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Generation Z was my inspiration. There was this one video I saw of a young white girl telling her dad off for his racism. I was struck by the boldness – because first of all I would never get away with talking to my dad that way, but second of all, the fervor for social justice was palpable in her tone and message. It struck me as kind of courageous. I think people who are millennials and older in general tend to be more complacent about these issues for some reason – it seems like the “ism’s” are just baked into us a little more. We can take some cues from the Gen Z folks for sure. I witnessed an exchange between some younger guys where one used the term “spirit animal” and his friend said “hey, on some real ish I think that term is reserved for certain indigenous groups”. His reply? “Alright, noted”. To me, that’s significant – I’m pretty sure I knew just about zero teenagers that would be able to handle being corrected in that way when I was growing up.
Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?
Yea, there is a lyric video, a music video, and an acoustic live performance video all in the works.
How was the recording and writing process?
I had just moved into a new place – I set up my desk and monitors and finished the whole thing in a couple of hours.
Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?
I wrote a whole album in the summer of 2020. So I’m taking my time with the mixes and all that but it’s coming along fantastically. I’d say almost half of it finished itself without too much of a struggle. The other half is pure pain.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
Off the top of my head: Confessions of an Android or American Prism or Limp Bizkit Is The Greatest Band Of All Time
What other aspects of war and society will you be dipping your feet into moving on?
Honestly, most of my writing isn’t too deep or political. It’s not usually where I naturally end up in my writing process. I’m going to be doing work as a mental health advocate in the coming years so aspects of war and society are something that I will be dealing with in my regular life. If it gets prismed into my music, then that would be cool – but I’m not forcing it.
What else is happening next in JAN3T’s world?
I’m just trying to work on my muscles.
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