By Jack Barnes
Jennifer Juan is a cultural melting pot of an artist. She is a writer, a musician, a producer, a film maker and a podcast host, currently residing in the Kent countryside, but dreaming of the ocean. A tornado of darkness and delicacy, Juan creates engaging and powerful projects, using a variety of mediums and platforms, each dripping with her signature playful, yet powerful style of writing.
Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself?
Jennifer Juan: I’m Jennifer Juan, I’m 26, and I’m a musician and author living in the UK.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Jennifer: I’ve been releasing my own music for about a year, but I’ve been performing and creating music, along with creating other media projects for almost ten years now.
Getmybuzzup: How did you get started in the first place?
Jennifer: I did a lot of theater and musical performance when I was younger, and I used to be in a band with some friends from back home, but I did less and less of it as I got older, due to focusing more on writing. I wanted to create some music for a film project I started in 2016, so it seemed to perfect time to start dedicating more time to music, and sharing my music with others.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your sound?
Jennifer: I’d say it is quite experimental, and atmospheric. I write a lot of poetry, so I like to think my music is like if my poetry came to life and walked off the page.
Getmybuzzup: Who are your inspirations in the music industry?
Jennifer: The Beach Boys are probably my biggest inspirations. They have tried so many different sounds and made every single one work, which is very hard to do.
Getmybuzzup: What is the concept behind your debut EP “Wildflowers”?
Jennifer: I wanted to write about different kinds of love, with different perspectives of what love is, how it works and what it does to a person, all being looked at and explored through not just lyrics, but the way the voice sounds when different emotions come into play, as well as different instrumental sounds and moods that reflect different feelings.
Getmybuzzup: Any plans on touring to promote your latest project?
Jennifer: I’m looking into it at the moment, so possibly. I’d like to do a show that combines my music and my poetry.
Getmybuzzup: How difficult is producing a weekly podcast?
Jennifer: Harder than I thought! The podcast is actually on hiatus at the moment while I work on some other projects, but the new season will be beginning in August.
Getmybuzzup: What did you buy with your first check off music?
Jennifer: Some new video editing software, so I could improve my video content. I want to try and connect all the different parts of my work, writing, film, music and other mediums, and try and make things as interesting and enriching as possible for my audience.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Jennifer: So many people have said how important it is to be polite, and they are absolutely right. Not just in business, but in general day to day life. The world is a hard place, so being nice, and being thoughtful towards others is a good way to make things a little better.
Getmybuzzup: Will you be collaborating with any other artists on this project or in the future?
Jennifer: I haven’t got any musical collaborations planned just yet, but I’d definitely be open to it. I went to school with THOMA, another musician from the UK, and we performed at a lot of the same music shows together. He’s making amazing stuff right now, so it would be really cool to work with him again, in the future, maybe.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Jennifer: I’ve had different answers when I’ve asked people this, actually, some people like different aspects, so I’d say maybe it’s about even.
Getmybuzzup: What area do you need to improve on in regards to your career? (Example: Better production, Delivery, Stage presence, etc..)
Jennifer: I want to get better in every aspect really, but I think my main focus is improving production. I do a lot of stuff myself, so I think working with others a little more might help me with that, and would be a great learning experience.
Getmybuzzup: What’s your all-time favorite song?
Jennifer: Kokomo by The Beach Boys. I honestly think it is the perfect song.
Getmybuzzup: In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Jennifer: Probably Lana Del Rey. She has been hugely successful, both commercially and critically, even though at the beginning of her career, people were trying to attack her for being different. She turned those differences into the things people love most about her today, and I think that is what makes her so influential, she isn’t afraid to be a little different, and to do things in a way that people don’t initially understand, and in the end, she delivers content that people love.
Getmybuzzup: Who have been some of your favorite artists that you’ve been able to work with?
Jennifer: I used to perform in a lot of the same productions as Kate Murnane, who has done some amazing work over on her YouTube channel, and with her Jewelry brand Dolly Bow Bow. She’s really made her mark on the fashion world, but she’s also an incredible performer, and she was always such a sweet person to work with. My favourite memory was when we were both appearing in a production of Sweet Charity, she was playing Charity, and I was Helene, and I was so nervous before opening night, and she gave me a pep talk, and gave me so much confidence, and I’ve always remembered that.
Getmybuzzup: How do you feel about the current state of music?
Jennifer: I think there is certainly a change happening, more and more types of music are becoming embraced all the time, and people are able to find success doing a wider variety of things with their music, which is really cool to see.
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Jennifer: I just want to create things that people enjoy, really. That’s pretty much my main goal with anything I create. As long as people are enjoying it, that’s good enough for me.
Getmybuzzup: Who would you say your music relates to the most?
Jennifer: People who aren’t afraid to take a chance on something a little different. The adventurers of the world, I suppose.
Getmybuzzup: What separates you from other artists? (What’s makes you different?)
Jennifer: I think maybe it’s that I create using so many different mediums. Music, spoken word, written word, film, still image. Using so many different ways to express myself and create things gives me so many potential options for how I want to present my ideas, and what I want to deliver to an audience.
Getmybuzzup: When your not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Jennifer: I like to grow flowers, especially poppies and roses. I enjoy reading and listening to records, too.
Getmybuzzup: If you could work with any producer who would it be?
Jennifer: I’m not sure how likely it is, but Mariah Carey. I love everything she does, and she’s such an underrated artist, who is just overflowing with talent and knowledge, so getting to work with her would probably be the best moment of my life, but would also probably result in the best work I’ve ever done.
Getmybuzzup: What’s the biggest highlight of your career thus far?
Jennifer: My second single 2AM got some airplay on a few internet radio stations, and getting to hear it playing was such an awesome feeling. It was in rotation for a while on a station in the US, so knowing that people in a completely different country were hearing my music was so cool.
Getmybuzzup: What artist music are you currently a fan of?
Jennifer: I really like Jane Machine, and I’m really enjoying Anastasia Rizing too. Timothy Heller and Nicole Dollanganger are some artists I’m really into right now too.
Getmybuzzup: When performing live what are some of the things you do to get the crowd involved?
Jennifer: I try to just relax and not make it such a serious affair. We’re all there to have fun, so I just try and let everyone know that, and we just end up having a great time.
Getmybuzzup: When performing and the crowd is singing along how does that energy make you feel?
Jennifer: It’s so exhilarating, it’s a really magical thing.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Jennifer: I’m working on two new tracks at the moment, called Hard Drive and Love Her Better, so I’m looking forward to sharing those soon. I’m also working on another audio poetry collection, where I will be writing instrumental music inspired by poetry I’ve written, and putting them together, so I can’t wait to be able to share that with people too.
Getmybuzzup: Anything else you wanna add?
Jennifer: Thanks for having me, and please feel free to check out my website, JenniferJuan.com, where you can find information on all my projects, as well as free music and video downloads, and an archive of hundreds of free to read poems and short stories.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Jennifer: My music is available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, and pretty much every online music store and streaming service. They can also check out my website, where I post free music downloads and music videos too.
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