Today we are sharing an interview with Jennifer Juan: 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.
1. First of all, tell us about how did you start your music career?
- I used to do a lot of musical projects when I was growing up. I did a lot of theatre projects at school, I was in a band with some friends, I used to make up songs and stuff, but I kind of drifted away from it as I got older and went to University, because I was so focused on my poetry and those kinds of things. I came back to music around 2016, because I was working on a film, Drowning In Us, and we needed a soundtrack, so, I began just experimenting a little and seeing what I could come up with, and that was how I ended up releasing my first single, Past Preston.
2. Who are your music inspirations?
- The Beach Boys, Julie London, Shelly Lares, lots of different kinds of artists. More recently, I've been very inspired by Aja. I love that they make music on their own terms.
3. Our readers would like to know more about your new music. Any interesting facts?
- My latest single, A View From The Bridge, which was released on February 22nd is something I started working on in 2018. It was originally going to be part of my upcoming EP, Subliminals, but as I worked on that project, I realised that A View From The Bridge was very different from the other tracks and didn't really fit with the rest, so I decided to release it as a standalone single. It's about the very lonely and isolated side of love, when you love somebody, but you know you can never be together, and you're just trying to find a way to deal with it and accept it. I called it A View From The Bridge, after the play by Arthur Miller, because when I was writing it, I went through some of my old notebooks, and I found notes from when I was studying the play at school, and it really conjured up a lot of memories of my life at that time, and this person that I was involved with. I really thought, at the time, that it was the most important thing that would ever happen in my life, and that I'd never move on and be happy without him, and so I really tapped into that to create the song.
4. What projects do you have on the way in 2019?
- I'll be releasing my new EP, Subliminals a bit later this year. I'm in the final stages of getting it all together at the moment, which is really exciting. I'll also be releasing a new poetry book, Ol' Brown Eyes Is Back this year too.
5. What do you like to do more: songwriting or performing?
- I think I prefer writing. Creativity is really the core of my life, and when I can be creative, I'm definitely my happiest.
6. Which countries do you want to visit with tour?
- I'd really like to visit other parts of Europe a little more. I'm very fortunate to live in such a beautiful continent, that is so full of culture. I'd love to return to Spain soon, especially, because it is still a very big part of me, even when I'm far away. I would like to go to Australia, because I'm interested in their culture.
7. How do you deal with haters?
- I just try to stay focused on my work and what I'm doing, as well as the people who have enjoyed it. Life is too short and too precious to get so caught up in people who have already made up their mind not to look deeper at what you do, or give you a chance, so there isn't much point getting involved in negativity.
8. What would you tell to your fans?
- I'd like to say that I'm grateful. Getting to be creative and share that with people is really a blessing, and it makes me feel very honoured that they make a little space in their life for me.