Jen Janet is no stranger to making music. As the lead vocalist for alternative rock band Blind Revision, she’s used to belting out lyrics over heavy bass and percussion. But that doesn’t mean she’s stuck to one genre.
As a solo artist, Janet is exploring the pop and EDM side of music. Her new EP, Dangerous (out today) is four tracks of her soaring vocals over pulsing beats.
Check out the title track “Dangerous” below, as well as an interview with Jen Janet herself!
When/how did you start making music?
I started singing in front of people when I was four years old. I’ve been singing pretty much as long as I can remember. It was something I always loved to do, but I started making music professionally about two or three years ago.
How would you describe your sound?
This EP is very pop and EDM influenced. If you like Tove Lo, Lady Gaga or Marina and the Diamonds, you’ll probably get into it. I wanted to get people dancing with this project, and I hope I’ve done my job!
What are some of your favorite bands? Who (or what) else inspires/influences you?
I listen to a lot of different genres of music, so these will be all over the place. But my influences include Deadmau5, Nirvana, Pvris, Avril Lavigne, Florence and the Machine, The Pretty Reckless, Paramore, Lana Del Rey, New Year’s Day and many others. I’m inspired by anything I hear.
Who in the music industry would you love to work with (other bands/musicians/producers, etc)?
I’d love to work with Obeson someday. He is a producer and musician based in Toronto, Canada, and he creates very atmospheric, strong electronic music. It’s some of the most unique electronic music out there now, in my opinion.
Do you have any tour plans in the works? What would be your dream tour line-up?
Currently I do not have any confirmed tour dates for the Dangerous EP. However, I will be going on an east coast tour with my band Blind Revision in May. We will most likely be playing dates in New Jersey, Maryland, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts.
As for my dream tour line-up, I think it would be awesome to tour with Sevdaliza. I’ve been listening to her for a while now, and she’s a very artistic and creative electronic musician.
What kind of advice would you give someone who just started a musical career? What was the best piece of advice you’ve received?
My advice would be to do as much networking as possible! Opportunities will come to you if you meet the right people. As with any industry, there’s always some people who have ill intentions, but you’ll be able to find people who genuinely enjoy the music you’re making. And of course, make sure you cut out the toxic people from your life. If someone is manipulating you or causing you problems, that will continuously stress you out and hold you back.
My second piece of advice would be to try to become as self-aware as possible. If you are indecisive, it will take you a lot longer to do things in the industry. You need to set clear goals and stick to them. If you have a big work ethic and you can motivate yourself, you’ll be fine. But you definitely need to work hard, and be cognisant of who you are and what you want in the future. Get to a point where you can understand what you will or won’t sacrifice for success.
Some of the best advice I have gotten was from Ash Costello of the band New Year’s Day. She told me to remember that music is a business, and you need to understand the business aspect of it in order to be successful. That is definitely true. I know a lot of talented musicians who deserve to be heard, but they can’t focus on the business aspect of their craft. They only want to focus on the art. I understand it’s difficult, but in order to be successful you need to know both. If you don’t know something, do your research or ask for advice.
Who are some of your girl crushes (real or fictional)?
My girl crush growing up was always Natalie Portman. I think she’s gorgeous, and of course, very talented.
I’m also obsessed with pretty much all the female characters from the Batman franchise: Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, etc. I’m a nerd!