With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to JENNY TEATOR. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Every band/artist has to introduce their music to new people. What is it that you want people to get from listening to you?
-Something NEW. I have so many influences in different genres, but in order to stick out, you have to bring something new to the table. I want the soul and blues to pour out from my vocal melodies with a rock/pop production that appeals to radio-friendly, catchy tunes as well. I typically write from personal experience and my goal in writing is to be able to have the listeners connect and relate with the song, knowing that they are not alone in this.
How hard was it to pick your own name as the leading name?
-Not hard at all actually haha. I knew I wanted to go solo coming to Nashville. My former band was named Jenny Teator and the Fevers which was more of a group effort towards writing, arranging and producing the music. Moving to Nashville, I wanted to really focus on my songwriting and creating a sound that best represents me as an artist.
Everybody is influenced by certain things. What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-For those that know me well, know I LOVE Tedeschi Trucks Band. Hands down, one of the best live bands out there. Susan Tedeschi is my favorite vocalist. She puts her heart and soul into her performances and its effortless for her. You can hear and feel the emotion in her performances as she sings, which I love. They are also a blues/rock band but have a big gospel influence in their music too. I love back up singers and horns, it just makes a performance so GOOD. They have all of the above so naturally, they are my favorite 🙂 Susan comes out in my vocal tendencies if you listen for it haha. Other artists that inspire me on the production end of things are Elle King and ZZ Ward. I love the vibe they put out, badass and bluesy but the production of their songs is also modern and pop-influenced which I like. I tried to harness that influence in my newest single “Surrender” and I think Red13 Studios did an amazing job taking my references and influences to mind when creating that track! Love me some Grace Potter too, she’s just a sexy badass.
When you started did you do so with the intent of knowing what to play?
-The first 6 months living in Nashville was more of exploring for me. I knew I wanted to focus on a blues/rock sound and I was toying with how the production would come out. I wrote a lot of songs and demoed some to try and test out what type of sound I’m looking for. A lot of it is trial and error. Some things I loved, some not so much but that’s how you kinda figure it all out. It hasn’t been easy that’s for sure! I’ve had my down moments and mistakes made, but I’ve learned 1048503 lessons along the way and I know there is more to learn! That’s the exciting part…
I believe that digital is killing the album format. People’s changing habit of how they listen to music will result in there being no albums. Is there anything good with releasing single tracks only?
-I agree. I’ve seen this happening with my own merch sales. It’s definitely changing to a single based, digital age. But I will say, I’ve learned to accept and adapt instead of complaining because honestly, that won’t get us as artists very far. I think by releasing singles, it keeps the content flowing, which is what fans want. The hype and momentum continue to rise as you put out single after single (maybe 4) and then release the full EP with a new song they haven’t heard on it. Seems to be working and appealing to the masses… but I’ve noticed most people in their 20’s won’t buy CDs anymore. I’ve noticed the older crowds will purchase the CDs and the younger will buy shirts etc. Another prime example, a lot of newer cars don’t even have a CD player in it! Mine doesn’t. So it’s also the fact that people don’t have access to a CD player, it’s much easier to download and stream on your Bluetooth device. We’ve gotten lazy, and we’re all a part of it, unfortunately.
What part do art-work and layout play when you release new recordings? How do you best catch people’s attention?
-We planned a photoshoot around the single and I really wanted it to be this stance of “surrender” of me holding the flag. Instead of just a portrait or something, I really wanted the artwork to go hand in hand with the theme of the song.
Has social media re-written the rules on how to promote your music? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way?
-Similar to adapting with technology, social media has definitely changed too. And it’s constantly changing!! Which is frustrating but you adapt, and learn and move forward. There’s always new tricks and overall as long as you are posting good quality content, that is always going to do well no matter what.
You have released your single, “Surrender”, will you be looking at releasing an EP or album this year?
-Yes! That is the goal at least.
How much of a touring artist are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of you as an artist?
-I’ve been doing a lot of house concerts within the last year and its a great way to get the word out as an artist. You really get to connect with the audience in an intimate house concert rather than at a bar. They get the chance to hear the stories behind your songs and actually listen to the lyrics. Getting out and gigging is the best way to gain new fans because its more personal, and they get that face to face connection you just don’t get through a computer screen listening.
What will the future bring?
-More shows, bigger shows, and more music. I can’t wait to record the rest of my songs! The hardest part is choosing which ones to release haha. Stay tuned…