JANET GARDNER have had an illustrious career so far and with her going solo now it seems to keep going for a bit more. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Do you feel that is has gone the way you intended when you started back in the days?
-The music business is a crazy roller coaster ride so I have always tried to keep my expectations in check. I feel very fortunate to have had some wonderful experiences over the years.

How do you feel about your latest recording? Did it come out the way you expected it to? How important was it that the album had an 80s feel with a modern touch or did that just come natural?
-I am extremely pleased with the way it came out! My husband, Justin James, and I just started writing whatever came to us and never put any limitations on what we were writing. We both have lots of 70’s and 80’s influence, but we also like new rock. It was fun to experiment with different sounds.

Do you feel that you by are secure enough to front a band with your own name? Why aren’t JANET GARDNER a household name?
-Janet Gardner is a household name at my house! Haha! This project is mine in name only. It’s really a collaboration between Justin and myself.

Is having a message in the lyrics important to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-This release has a variety of topics…everything from relationship songs to worries about everyday life and the future for our children. Some songs are just fun and some have a deeper meaning.

How important is the cover art work for you? Can a really cool cover still sell an album in this day and age of digital download?
-I’ve never purchased music based on artwork so no, I don’t think it’s very important.

Why is it so hard for bands that come from places not the US or UK/Sweden/Scandinavia to break big? What is success to you and is it something you’d like to achieve?
-It’s hard for any band to break big from anywhere. I create music because I love it. As a musician, success is very fleeting so you have to truly love it to withstand the ups and downs.

Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-You just have to do what’s in your soul and let the chips fall where they may. You have to promote yourself any way you can and seize opportunities to be heard.

What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-Justin and I live in Connecticut and there is very little opportunity for bands playing original music to showcase themselves live. We live fairly close to New York City where there is a much more active music scene so that helps. I think the internet does help bands reach beyond their local scene.

Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How accepted is rock/metal in your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-Here in the US, pop, country and rap dominate the music charts but rock fans are diehards everywhere and they are always looking for new bands to embrace!

What does the future hold for you?
-Music, music, and more music! Rock on!

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