GENN – dance, travel, express your emotions – whatever you do – do it passionately πŸ’–πŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ§‘πŸ’š

Fun, passionate, sometimes angry (. . . ) Always emotionally charged.

[Answers by Leanne] πŸ’–

πŸ’– What’s GENN about?/ Where did the name come from/How did you set up?

GENN (maltese for crazy – pronounced Jenn) is a collection of misfits that initially came together in a girls’ school in Malta ten years ago that just kept shifting & evolving over the years until we ended up in Brighton. 

πŸ’– What inspires you to play music?

Life! It sounds ambiguous, but it can really be anything – moods, experiences, other artists.

I would say what inspires me is the strong feelings listening to my favourite artists gives me. 

πŸ’– What’s your writing process?

Every writing session has been different!

I would say the consistent element of it is that everyone writes their own parts, though we do go through sit down meetings to assess each song in depth & whether it’s stylistically relevant, minor adjustments & such.

I would say the ratio of quality control to just having fun & seeing where it goes is what changes time to time.

πŸ’– Who are your main influences in music/life?

Personally, being a goth stereotype I love my horror, metal (very prog, but not exclusively – my favourite bands right now would be opeth, gojira, tesseract, sylosis, architects, psychedelic porn crumpets, royal blood..), & general introspective media.

I have a big fondness for funk as well, & songs with dancey & punk elements ( !!! is a good example of this, β€˜chk chk chk’ if you want to google it).

I’m a very media-centred person & I am fuelled by the media that truly shakes me to my core.

Or makes me dance.

Sometimes both?

πŸ’– Tell us about your aesthetic.

Our band-sthetic (pun very much intended) is fun, passionate, sometimes angry, I would say youthful as well. Always emotionally charged.

πŸ’– What one word describes your band?

Genuine. It’s our most rigid requirement in everything we do. 

πŸ’– You write about some very heavy issues, can you give us a synopsis of some of your heavier songs & what change do you hope that your music inspires?

Of what’s been released so far, I would honestly say all the songs off the album are quite heavy. Even the fairly cheerful sounding β€˜Japanese Erotica’ was about a night I had where I was terrified, by myself, in a bar district where I was approached by men with questionable intentions.

I would say the hope is that these songs help people with finding the words &/or sentiments for their own experiences.

Being adolescent to early-twenties women (from the earliest time of writing to now) our experiences around learning about love, justice, confidence & the like are, I think, things most people can identify with in their own lives.

πŸ’– Who is Suki & what is their duty?

Definitely the wrong band member to answer that!

I believe Suki was a girl escaping a totalitarian regime, but the lyrical process is very heavily Leona’s department, so.

πŸ’– You all have some of the most amazing personal styles I’ve ever seen which makes for quite a performance.

How did you develop your individual styles?

It’s a bit difficult to say since I think it was mostly organic, really.

I have noticed though that how animated we’ve been over the years has matched up to how lively the songs are (& how much we’ve rehearsed them too).

What I do know is that in my personal path as a live bassist specifically, I often felt like there was no precedent for how much or little involvement was β€˜required’.

So I kinda went all in. Hopefully for the better!

πŸ’– From looking at your insta you seem to tour a lot & have a hell of a LOT of fun!

What have been your funnest experiences & what would you say about being in a band that would inspire others that are considering taking their first musical plunge? 

The most fun thing is definitely the exhilaration of getting to go place to place to just let loose on stage! Plus the random hijinks in between getting from one to the other.

There’s something exciting about the chaos of having to rush to the airport exactly after a show, just to do the same thing somewhere miles away. 

As far as being a budding musician goes, I would say it always starts with a push to develop your creative voice.

Write, develop, record.

Know what you’re offering.

Play anywhere that’s near you & do it regularly.

If you want to take it to the next step, use what you have & be prepared for a lot of emailing.

Don’t be afraid of the push it takes to get the momentum rolling. It all starts with having the courage of putting your musical voice out there, even if it’s not perfect by your own standards.

There’s something exciting about the chaos of having to rush to the airport exactly after a show, just to do the same thing somewhere miles away.

It all starts with having the courage of putting your musical voice out there, even if it’s not perfect by your own standards.

πŸ’– When you’re not doing band stuff what do you get up to?

In my case (aside from my day job of course) I mainly just hang around watching movies, video essays about movies, video games sometimes, or of course music related things.

It’s not much in the way of hobbies, but I just really like learning about creative disciplines! I still have a social life, I promise πŸ˜‚

πŸ’– What does feminism mean to you? / What 1 thing could everyone be doing to make the scene a better place?

Within the context of the music scene, I think feminism means the social openness in standing up against any kind of dismissal as a musician or industry professional solely on the basis of gender.

As far as making the scene better goes – a little basic respect can go a long way. We’re all in it for the love of music, & the bodies we come in shouldn’t be a factor.  

We’re all in it for the love of music, & the bodies we come in shouldn’t be a factor.

πŸ’– Tell us about your next release, what’s the feeling to it/what’s it about?

It’s a bit tricky to talk about what’s coming up next without giving a whole lot away, as our next release will be songs we’re writing right now (spoilers).

Even though we’re still in the process, we’re super hyped about sharing what we’ve got. It’s going to be the same fun &/or strong energy we put into all our songs & live sets, but with a sense of greater maturity, I think.  

πŸ’– What’s next for you guys?

Well, with the current chaos of 2020 we’ve put our focus on the behind the scenes, songwriting & some other goodies here & there.

I would like to say that it’s a lot to look forward to! 

πŸ’– Dates for any upcoming shows/livestreams?

At the time of writing, we don’t have anything booked of course!

But to those that are interested I would suggest following our socials as we plan to keep active with new content regardless πŸ™‚

πŸ’– Links to any social media πŸ™‚

facebook.com/genntheband

instagram.com/genntheband

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