“I want to feel the energy of our community on the dance floor” — Catching Up with Jenner

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In the words of one music legend, “the times, they are a-changin’!” Indeed they are. And while there’s no sure telling what exactly that change will look like, Toronto’s admired DJ-Producer Jenner remains positive and inspired by life around her. At the core of music, one will find a vibrant community. For Jenner, this truth has been the driving force throughout her years as an artist in the industry. Her story, she says “begins with the support of my friends” and when asked what she’s most looking forward to once COVID has passed, she responds without hesitation, “I want to feel the energy of our community on the dance floor. It’s what I’m missing most right now.” Here to share her story and keep our community elevated, it’s Jenner.

Before we begin, do you have any words you’d like to share with your audience amidst this transformative shift that’s taking a hold of the world?

This is an incredibly difficult time for many people, but there are some positives that we can acknowledge too.  The main one being that this quarantine period has forced us all to scale back, allowing Mother Earth, Pacha Mama, to heal herself and breathe. It’s quite beautiful what is happening, and I really hope we are able to maintain this momentum for our planet that is so desperately needed once the COVID pandemic is over.  Obviously there are a lot of uncertainties regarding the economic situation and the industry on a whole but I’m remaining hopeful for a positive flow.

You were at SXM Festival in St. Martin during the COVID breakout on this side of the globe — tell us how the festival went! How was your set? What was the overall feel of the festival and how did they handle closing it down 1 day early?

I was at SXM when everything started crumbling back at home. It was a very surreal experience.  When we left Toronto the day before the festival began, everything was practically ‘normal’.  I was fortunate that my set was at the beginning of the festival.  Things still felt relatively normal at that point so the mood was high.  My set went really well and I got to play with my Colombian family DEFAM CLUB, alongside Defam (DJs) and Britta Arnold. It was a great turn out and the venue was beautiful. It was such a great day.

As the festival progressed, we kept getting more news of artists’ flights/sets being cancelled all around the world. The festival was definitely taking more precautions too – they had a lot of hand hygiene stations and temperature readers on entry. They did a great job of keeping everything together, balancing guest experience and safety.  My heart goes out to the organizers, as I’m sure it was really difficult navigating this as the world rapidly changed, practically overnight.

This quarantine period has forced us all to scale back… I really hope we are able to maintain this momentum for our planet that is so desperately needed once the COVID pandemic is over.

What music is keeping you going during life in quarantine?

Actually, it’s been the sound of my own productions that has been keeping me going during the endless time at home. I’ve been working quite a bit on them, learning a lot in the process, and I look forward to some releases really soon!

I was also quite busy with my first virtual dance party last week in collaboration with Summerdaze and DEFAM Club – there is definitely a LOT of new learning working through the technology but we still had a lot of fun in the process.  Looking forward to more!

Tell us how you first got your leg in the door when it comes to DJing? Where does your story begin?

Well, I would say my story begins with the support of my friends. I would spend hours playing for them back in the day – they believed in me so much, and they still do!  They are my biggest fans and my motivation to keep going. I think my first big break was when Summerdaze asked me to open for Oona Dahl at Boehmer in Winter 2017. The vibe was incredible and the party was packed. I had really positive feedback from the crowd, and the feeling was amazing. That’s when I knew I really had to pursue this more seriously.

I want to feel the energy of our community on the dance floor. It’s what I’m missing most right now, and it’s why I do what I do.

Over the past year, you’ve also taken to production. How has this contributed to your overall relationship with music? Has it affected the way you DJ?

Production changes the way you listen to music. It’s definitely made me more selective with respect to the tracks I choose to play – as if I wasn’t selective enough before!! It makes you more critical of the sounds you are hearing. You will find yourself listening more intently to one specific sound that grabs your attention and make you wonder ‘how did that producer do that’? This curiosity often leads to inspiration and the motivation to learn more.

Have you got any new productions or sets on the horizon that we should look out for?

Yes, soon I’ll be releasing the track I played last year at Cherry Beach and I’ll have another track release shortly thereafter. I have a few upcoming podcasts that I’m working on, but I’m not at liberty to say which yet! I am also hoping to have my SXM set from the DEFAM Club party at Roxxy Beach released soon too!  Oh! And we just released the set from the Virtual Party we did last week with Summerdaze and DEFAM! Hope you like it 🙂

What is currently inspiring you? Any specific artists, emotions, revelations or events that are fuelling the creative flow?

In terms of musical genre, I would say Downtempo has been inspiring me a lot lately. There are some really beautiful productions that I find very captivating, including from artists, Arutani and Deisen.

On the flip side, I still love my dark melodic techno and deep house. I have to mention my mad respect for Britta Arnold here. The last two times I have seen her play, she has blown me away: really amazing track selection, mixing, and energy. I also really loved Who Made Who’s performance at SXM Festival. That was… wow!

Once life in quarantine has passed, what’s the first thing you’re going to do? 

Play music and dance! I want to feel the energy of our community on the dance floor. It’s what I’m missing most right now, and it’s why I do what I do.

Any final words or news you’d like to share with our readers?

I know these are dark times, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are going to get through this my friends! We need to stay connected within our communities as I truly think that music is the answer. Find some virtual parties on the weekend and dance like no one is watching (but really, they might be on ZOOM!).  Remember that feeling that you cherish so deeply, and hold onto it until we can all be together again.

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