Jennifer Walton. 8.4.17

Damian: Hi Jennifer, I’m a huge fan of your whole body of work and find it incredibly interesting musically and visually.  Where does the creativity come from and which art form do you consider the primary point?

Jennifer: In most cases I will start with a sound and see where that leads me.  On a deeper level I really believe in the do it yourself ethic.  I love the idea of the bedroom studio and appreciate that, if I want to, I have the tools to make a music video or a piece of visual art.  I don’t think bedroom production should have a limit on the final product.

Damian:  And then you build a live show from the sound I guess?

Jennifer: Absolutely.  Live electronics is something I’ve been trying to unpick for a while.  Some elements of DJ culture seem to be just about pressing a button, which seems strange as nothing is gained, you’re effectively taking the role of the machine. I’m trying to work out what, as an electronic musician, I can add to a live experience.

Damian: Wow, that’s interesting.  Where have you reached in that thought process?

Jennifer: I’ve been trying to do a lot of live improv, or find elements of a track that I can play live with, something to try and add the human to the machine. It’s a challenge I see a few electronic acts trying to figure out also.

Damian: Is there anybody who you think is doing this well?

Jennifer: Yeah, one of my main inspirations is Holly Herndon she does some interesting work in live coding and changing the sound of the music in the live setting.

Damian: So you’re live equipment must be quiet complicated?

Jennifer: Not necessarily, everything I need is in my laptop and I try to make this the centre of all I need. I’m not one for hardware so it’s all quite modest whilst trying to make the biggest noises possible.

Damian: I can’t wait for your Evolution Emerging show.  I imagine that it’s going to be a banging show.  Do people’s expectations help or hinder you?

Jennifer: I think the pressure I put on myself is making sure that the show is similar to the live interaction you would have with your favourite live band. I want people to have that live experience.

Damian: I’ve seen some great examples in the past of bands achieving this.  Kraftwerk, Underworld, The Pet Shop Boys, it can be done.

Jennifer: Absolutely.  Electronic music can be demonstrated well for sure in a live setting. I hope that comes across at Evolution.

Damian: In terms of the next 6-12 months, what’s next for you?

Jennifer: I’m doing some work at the moment on some EP’s.  At the same time I’m trying to find the right project to fit the music.  I release my music under my own name, which is perhaps rare in electronic music where people tend to have an avatar or stage name, so I find that what and where I release music is important to who I am and needs to feel personal.

Damian: I’d never thought about the name of electronic acts before, thanks, you’ve given me some interesting context to think about.

Jennifer: I try to be conscious that my music is an extension of who I am and would rather not place my work behind a different name.  It’s a step I take to make me really think about my work.