I had the chance of interviewing Jenny Wilson in a small cafe just before she had to move towards the venue she was going to perform, in Groningen. And that was kind of a bliss, because if I had to interview her after her show on the 17th of January, I might have been speechless in a full status of admiration for how she arranged and delivered her performance.
As we were talking, she was completely dressed in black, only during her concert I’ve been able to notice the white T-shirt with the writing “Demand the Impossible” title of her last album.
As I asked what Danish audience should expect by her acts at Voxhall and Roskilde Festival she told me that what she tries to do is to “ capture the energy of the audience, making performances with a lot of funky energy, here and now sounds, and love”. And that’s what you should actually expect, in a unbelievably not already sold-out show at Voxhall on the 4th February.
At the moment Scandinavia female performers are quite predominant in the music scene, what are your experience and feeling regarding women in the music industry, especially in Sweden?
When I was releasing my first album in 2005, I was sensing that something was changing in the music industry and what was happening was that the big industry was collapsing because nobody was buying albums. And that was good because it made people start to produce by themselves. It made it easier for women as well, there has been a tendency going in that direction, that you did not have to bag the record company and ask a man for permission. In 8 years there has been a strong trend in which female stepped forwards, and Sweden is a good place to create and produce something that is really personal.
What is the most difficult part of producing an album in your case: the music, lyrics… ?
I do not compose separately, I make everything together. What takes a lot of time is to find my language, both lyrically and music wise: to capture the universe I want to push my music into. The biggest challenge is to re-invent. It is difficult to find new sound and a new universe. However, it is also the thing I love the most, because I enter in that creative place where I search and I dig in myself and define what I want to say.
How does sound this album from the previous one?
In this album I have a much more eager and aggressive vibe. I think you can hear that I do not want to compromise, I do not give a fuck of what I think. That what I felt, I wanted to do something with a lot of nerve. Still obviously have to make sense , with energy and good lyrics of what I have done. You can sense I have done a lot of records before and I worked with the right people. My drummers and engineers have been really important in this album, in helping me doing what I wanted to do. So I am actually a better producer than I was before.
What is the song you consider the most representative of the whole album, but as well your feelings?
I would say “Pyramids (Rose Out of Our Pain)” a song that lyrics-wise is inspired by beat pop, but as well hip-hop, as the lyrics pick topic these genres use a lot. It is full of anger,yet with a dancy vibe: the person slipping in the song is observing what is going on all over the world. I made a great production, I feel that this is the best song I ever wrote.