A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Jennies record company regarding her (then) upcoming release Dreamology. Except getting sent songs pretty much daily through Sumbithub, this was the first time I was contacted by phone regarding the blog. It felt kind of big!
A fun little anecdote is that I the day before got a call from a similar mobile number, but then it was those guys from india claiming they were from microsoft and wants to rescue your computer from some kind of virus… So I guess I didn’t sound so happy answering the phone when Jennies representatives called. Sorry for that!
Back to Jennie then!
Hi Jennie! Where are you from? And where do you live?
I was in born in Östersund, in the northern part of Sweden. When I was 18, I moved to Stockholm, where I still live today.
How long have you been playing the piano, and do you play other instruments as well?
My father was a musician so growing up, we had a music room. I can’t even remember when I started playing the piano. I’ve always played the piano, haha!
I also play the flute, I sing and play a little bit of guitar and drums. I wish I knew how to play the violin or cello! It’s not too late to learn, is it?
Tell us about how you started playing music.
Playing the piano was something I did everyday, like breathing or eating. It was always there. I started playing the accordion at age 8 then I moved on to learning how to play the flute and then I started singing in a rock band at the age 12-13.
Tell us something about that moment you realized you could make songs yourself!
I was very young and I had heard my father play a piano piece by Chopin. I started playing the beginning by ear but I couldn’t remember the rest, so I just made up my own ending. My own version of the song.
That’s my first memory of realizing that I could actually write something myself. A happy memory!
What are your favorite artists in this “piano genre”?
There are so many it’s impossible to answer, but growing up there was a lot of Satie, Michael Nyman and Chopin and I think that sometimes comes through in my own music.
Is there one song which you play over and over again as soon as you sit down by a piano? Your own or someone else’s?
Michel Nymans “The Heart Asks Please First” – I ALWAYS play that when I come to a piano.
What rules (in making music) needs to be broken?
I love to strive for simplicity (it is MUCH more difficult then making something weird and complicated) and then just when you think you know what’s gonna come, I do a little unexpected twist so it doesn’t become boring.
How do you record your music? Yourself? In a big studio? etc.
I record it myself in my studio. When it comes to the piano: I work with a mix of 2 sampled pianos and 2 real pianos. It’s the secret recipe for “my sound”.
Whats your take on sampled instruments?
I love them! But I always mix them with real instruments and musicians. I love the luxury of recording a real string orchestra and then adding a fat synth bass to maximize the sound.
Anything else you want to share?
Take a warm bath and listen to my personal favourite piano-pieces in my playlist Dream On Dreamer on Spotify.
Thank you for sharing this with us Jennie!