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CONVERSATIONS: JENNY O.

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Artist photo courtesy Shelby Duncan. 

Jenny O. is everything we want to be most days. With the help of band members Jason Roberts, Mike Green, and Brian Filosa, she is spreading her ambient, ethereal rock sound around the world. With new new 11-track release Peace & Information – from which we greatly recommend the track “Funeral for My Former Self” – garnering so much attention here recently amongst her hectic tour schedule, we’re surprised she even has room to breathe.

But what is, perhaps, one of the most amazing facets of her personality has to be her genuine desire to connect with her fans. So, without further ado, check out the new album alongside some fun questions we had the honor of asking Jenny O. recently.

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Was there a moment that it struck you and you realized you were going to pursue music, or did it kind of slowly evolve?

Slowly evolved. I pursued it from childhood and searched for another more ‘legitimate’ path which never came.

Your video for “Case Study” is so fun with its mixed media and simplistic design. How did you come up with the concept for the video?

Thank you. I wanted to illustrate a physical manifestation of what we do to one another emotionally, psychologically. I always picture what unseen energy might look like in the space between us.

 

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We hear that – not only did you come up with it, but – the video was a long time coming. Could you shed some light on the behind the scenes of it all?

Well, I wanted the band in the video to be my friends Sam and Clay from Mapache, they are really great guitarists & singers but they don’t play drums or bass, so having them fake it was really amusing to me.

How punk rock did you feel when you shot the last part of the video? (I feel like we all aspire to that mic/guitar drop moment, and here you are!)

I was mostly rushing to get everything done in the time we had the warehouse and hoping I wasn’t getting too much bird poop on me. There had been pigeons living there.

Peace & Information was released recently. How do you feel, now that the pressure of delivery is gone?

So good, really. I thought everyone would be disappointed but the response has been really positive. So now I’m excited to start working on new songs for the next one.

What was studio life like for this one, perhaps as opposed to your previous studio time on previous releases? Did you have go-to snacks, a strict schedule, brainstorming time?

There wasn’t any food routine or stuff like that. We usually get going around 12 or 1 and work ’til night, then I’d go home and watch 2-5 episodes of Frasier.

“High Regard” is one of our favorites. Was there something that specifically inspired it?

Personal crisis, trying to convince myself through mantra.

What is your favorite venue to play and/or see a show at? Or is there an ambience you’ve preferred in a city or out on the road?

I really like Largo in Los Angeles. Pure vibe, great sound.

Favorite board game or video game?

Super Mario World, Tetris. I checked out after Supernintendo.

Guilty pleasure snack. Go!

Doritos or cheese puffs.

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Peace & Information is out now. Keep up with Jenny O. here.

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