Jenn Vix is becoming a regular here on Horror Addicts, as this is her third time on the podcast. I decided to catch up with her and play her new song, “Burn”. Jenn is a solo artist but does live shows with bass player, Paul LaFleur, and also just started working with a new guitarist. She describes her music as “dark, dancy at times, and a little quirky I suppose.”
I really enjoyed listening to “Burn” as it has some pretty heavy and deep imagery that one needs to be pulled out from under. So I asked what it was about and what it meant to her. “It means a lot to me, as I am a domestic violence survivor. The song is about that, and my experience with PTSD; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (I was diagnosed with it in 2004.) I’m still not as mentally strong as I was before it happened. I hope that one day I will be.”
Of the places she has played live, she said, “I’ve received a great response so far; no complaints here. I recently played a show where people were dancing in front of the stage. I love that! I’ve played in NYC, Providence, New Haven, and Chicago. I would like to go to London, Brussels, Edinburgh, and Berlin.”
Among her own works, she has a few favorites. “The first one is a track that I recorded with Reeves Gabrels, guitarist of The Cure; and formerly of David Bowie. It is titled ‘Speed of Light’. It’s mostly instrumental, and in 9/8 tempo. The other ones are ‘Burn,’ featuring Dirk Ivens, of Absolute Body Control, and Dive, and the third is a new track called ‘The Woman With No Fear,’ which is going to be on my upcoming EP, this autumn. It is based on a true story of a woman who has a rare, congenital brain disorder that began to destroy her amygdala in childhood.”
About her favorite bands, she said, “I like a lot of bands, but I’d have to say that The Cure, Wire, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Massive Attack, UNKLE, Tricky, New Order, Joy Division, Depeche Mode, The Velvet Underground, Marc Almond, Lee and Nancy, Associates, John Foxx, Alan Vega, and Absolute Body Control, have inspired the Hell out of me.”
When she isn’t writing music for her solo projects, she also enjoys writing and recording soundtrack music for films.
Her current plans are “to release a new EP in the coming months, and then I’d like to go out and support it by doing more shows.”
What is her advice to new bands? “Don’t be afraid to send your music to big magazines and radio shows. I sent my first album in to Rolling Stone magazine, just for shits and giggles, and they ended up reviewing it.”