RockPages Talks To JANET GARDNER

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Highlights: Janet, I guess the first question is quite obvious…why did you decide to record your first solo album now, aftter all these years?
Janet Gardner: It just happened really…together with Justin we sset up our home studio and we started playing around, exchanging ideas…wee wrote a few songs and then we saw that we were really coming up with something special. The album was completed before we knew it. In the past I have worked with other people but this time, with Justin, it's really important to me. Actually, it's the best thing that I've done in ages. So, in answer to your question, I just knew that it was the right time to do it. Janet, did it feel any different working on your own compared to your previous recording experience with Vixen?
Janet Gardner: Well, it's quite a bit different obviously due to my personal relationship with Justin but also due to the fact that we are only two people that made the decisions. We were only two people that we had to agree upon certain things. So that was the main difference compared to the other records that I did with Vixen. Also, we were able to move things quickly that's why the record was completed so fast. On the one hand, it's great that we finished the album so quickly but also I must say that it's also great when there are other people on the band adding something to the album. This time was faster and it felt great to create something with your life partner. I wrote in my review that the album is diverse and it sounds like a bridge that connects the 80s with the 90s. What's your point of view on the musical style of the album?
Janet Gardner: I think it's pretty accurate because our roots go back to the 70s up to the 80s and the 90s. I must tell you that we both loved some of the 90s bands. In the 80s everything was about fun and all we wanted to do is have a great time. But I must tell you that as an artist I love the depth that came in the 90s with the lyrics and the overall darker mood of the albums. I guess you can say that we love both eras…the best of both worlds. We definitely combine those two elemments that's why there is some diversity on the album. The album is modern sounding. Did you have any worries regarding the reaction of the old school Vixen fans?
Janet Gardner: Well, it's not a Vixen album…it'ss me and Justin. So I hope that they won't think that it's that different. Naturally, it doesn't sound like Vixen. But I must say that there is a lot of stuff on that album that I truly believe that the Vixen fans will appreciate. I still have some of the 80s anthemic choruses in there so I guess they should all give it a chance and listen to it. I am sure they will find things they will love.