Interview: Jen Janet talks new EP

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After releasing music with her band Blind Revision, pop/EDM vocalist Jen Janet is stepping out on her own for the first time with her brand new EP Dangerous. Although her band is alternative rock based, she’s diving head first into an addictive pool of catchy pop beats and dance influences through all 4 of the EP’s tracks. Alongside being signed to a boutique modeling agency, Jen shows how well-rounded she is by adding the piano ballad In Bloom to the tracklist, recorded with Chris Piquette of Trophy Wives.

 Jen Janet brings a refreshing dance/EDM vibe to pop music with her debut EP, Dangerous.

She is best known as the vocalist and keyboardist of alternative rock band, Blind Revision. With the band, she has shared the stage with nationally touring acts Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Hawthorne Heights, and Revocation, among others. Now as a solo artist, Jen Janet seeks to delve back into her love of catchy pop beats and write music anyone can dance to.

 

We managed to catch up with Jen as she talked about her new EP, fans, proudest moment and more!

So how has your EP ‘Dangerous’ gone down so far?

So far it’s doing better than I thought! Every review has been great, and it’s really nice. When you put your music out in the world, you never know how it will go.

Tell us a little bit about the EP
The EP is called Dangerous and it has four tracks. The first three are upbeat dance tracks that are EDM influenced. For my first release I really wanted people to have fun. The last song is called In Bloom and it’s more of a piano ballad. I think it’s important to be able to be vulnerable and have a serious song along with all the pop songs.

Would you say it’s a lot different working on this release?
Yes, I also write rock music and perform in the band Blind Revision, which is a hard rock band with metal influences. So this is definitely very different. That’s part of why I did it though- I love both genres and wanted to show that I can do both. Writing music with a group of people is awesome, but when you write by yourself sometimes I think the process goes faster, at least for me.

What is your favourite song on the EP?
That’s a tough question. It always changes, but my favorite right now is Dangerous. It’s the title track and in my opinion it’s the most upbeat and fun one.

Do you ever connect your modeling with music?
All the time. I started modeling recently. It was something that I always thought would be fun to do, but I never really thought I could. Music and modeling go hand in hand because they can both complement each other. For example, followers love to see photos of who is singing their favorite songs. They might know my voice, but it’s fun to be able to interact with a person and know who you are interacting with. So image is very important in the music industry. I actually just shot a photoshoot for a new fashion and photography magazine that will be published in the spring. In the issue, I’m featured as an artist spotlight, so I think music helps me in the modeling world and modeling can help me in the music world. They are complimentary.

How much do your fans mean to you?
Without fans and people who support your music, as a musician, you wouldn’t be able to have a career at all. So fans are everything!

What has been your proudest moment as a solo artist?
This is my first release, so I actually have not been a solo artist for very long. It sounds simple but I enjoy it when people tell me they dig the music, especially if they don’t normally listen to pop music. I recently had a well-known metal musician in my area tell me that he really liked Dangerous. I think that’s wonderful when you can bring different types of music to different people, and that open-mindedness is really important in the music community.

If you could work with any artist on a new song, who would it be and why?
This will probably never happen, but I’d love to work with Sevdaliza. She is an insanely talented artist from the Netherlands, and I’m surprised more people in the U.S. haven’t heard of her. I really like her style because she creates art with her music, it’s not just a song. With each music video, she always puts a lot of symbolism into them, and it usually has to do with social issues or societal commentaries. Basically, she’s very smart and creative, so I’d love to be able to work with her.

Have you got any live dates coming up?
I do not have any tour dates for Dangerous planned, but I will be on tour with my band Blind Revision in May. We will be visiting Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. We will also be going to Maine this summer. If anyone is interested, our website and Facebook page has all of that information.

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