29 Aug Jenn C & The Listening Party, Singapore Community Radio Interview
Singapore Community Radio is introducing a new interview and mix series. Getting to know musicians, DJs, collectives and culture pushers around the world. Also included is a mix especially from them to you. So get to know more about our first guest Jenn C, on who she is and what she does below.
Firstly, could you please introduce yourself?
Hi internet friends! I’m Jenn. You can find me at the back of most rooms, pretending I know what’s going on. Currently in Singapore, coming from Kuala Lumpur and Melbourne. Other than crises, I manage to dabble in dance and graduated in fashion. High key will admit Carly Rae Jepsen’s latest album has some bangers. Anyways, moving on!
Secondly, how long have you been working on music and what got you into this?
(Working on music would be a grand overstatement but) I’ve been actively learning (DJ-ing), organizing and performing for 2 years. I started DJ-ing when we threw our first party (The Listening Party) in Melbourne. I was really inspired by my friends I met in New York that runs Funknvibe (https://soundcloud.com/funknvibe) and wanted to provide for our community in Melbourne.
The Listening Party
In fact, tell us more about The Listening Party.
Our wallflower origin story! A group of our friends were heavily into Soulection 3 years ago and were actively attending gigs regularly. Then we kept bumping into each other and wanted a way to stay in touch. Jay (Mac Mayor) created a humble private Facebook group (The Listening Party or ‘TLP’) for everyone to share what they were listening to. Over time with a lot of patience and good intentions, it just grew organically through word-of-mouth. It’s still private.
We decided to take it to the next step by creating a public identity, The Listening Co. Moreover to properly contribute to the community and started organizing parties. Currently, the directors are Jay, Xander, and myself. Bunch of kids making it up as we go, with an amazing crew of friends.
Surely the becoming of TLP has a lot to do with the unique culture of Melbourne being a tight, helpful and powerful hub of culture. And, of course, Internet music/creative culture. We are foremost an inclusive culture and a platform for independent music. But we don’t throw a bad party either 😉
Inspiration & Style
So could you share with us about the kind of music that inspires you?
Forward-thinking, genre-bending styles that are their own sound. Acts like jazz-influenced hip-hop (Avantdale Bowling Club/Jamila Woods), soulful drum and bass (Dub Phizix), rap on a house progression (Finn Foxell), live band left field house (ZFEX), etc. Surely anything that comes out of the Rhythm Section label.
I’m inspired by artists/producers that throw the entirety of themselves in their art without holding back and are able to stand on their own (Big Words, Fauxe). Asian independent music is also very interesting to me right now. So much to discover.
Then how would you describe your DJ style?
Highly functional anxiety.
Haha, I would say I try to be responsive, free and surprising as a DJ. Feel free to feel good, really. That goes for myself and the dance floor as well. Easier said than done sometimes but I’m learning from experience.
At the present time, what are your favorite performance venues?
Among the ones I’ve performed in so far, I would have to say the gardens of Werribee Mansion for Let Them Eat Cake 2019. Horse Bazaar (Melbourne) for sentimental value and our great relationship with the owners (the Tamura’s – Matteblacc alumnus/friends).
I fantasize about throwing a party/performing in unique venues like the newly established REXKL which is a repurposed cinema in KL. Art galleries and planetariums. Big shoutout to fono KL for believing in a no-frills, zero-BS, all-real cultural hub.
In addition, are you going to be dipping your hand in producing music as well? Also given the opportunity who would you like to be creatively involved with?
I’m aiming to start learning how to produce house soon! I just really want to hang out with the Chaos in The CBD brothers and have some laughs, to be honest. Wouldn’t say no to having an existential discussion with Jordan Rakei.
Finally, what can we expect from you and The Listening Party in the near future?
So the current strategic plan for TLP is still in the works but we hope to extend our value and role in the community beyond parties. We really want to solidify our position as a platform for advocating in the interests of music enthusiasts and artists. Technology is changing the way we consume music and how music is being marketed. Always scheming ideas and collaborations, please hit me up.
From myself as a DJ personally, I hope to create a space for creative interaction between dancers and musicians. Learn more technique and behind-the-scenes matters. Perform with different acts. Just here to have a good time really! Hopefully, I meet everyone soon 🙂
Singapore Community Radio : Jenn C
Certainly, have a listen below to the new mix Jenn C recently recorded for Singapore Community Radio.