FOCUS: "YOUR OWN WORDS"- Interview to JANE ALLISON
Award winning musician, actor, writer and songwriter Jane Allison releases her second single from the album ʻLike Magdaleneʼ, her third collaboration with musician and producer Alonza Bevan (Kula Shaker). A call to action for anyone with a rebellious streak. A song dealing in the quiet rebellion against vampires and villains who come in the guise of leaders, lovers or friends.
Hi Jane. What are a few words that would best describe you and your musical world?
Music for me is good medicine. A soundtrack to life. My life blood. My music? Well it's been described by others as "Fragrantly filigreed and frocked, folk rock". I thought that was a cool description. And another reviewer said "What I imagine Jefferson Airplane would have sounded like if that had been from this side of the water and had favoured red wine over psychotropic drugs". I thought that was funny and apt.
What would you say is your greatest strength as a singer-songwriter?
I enjoy working on the poetic nature of the lyrics. I'm a big fan of allegories, metaphors and double meanings. I like to have many layers of meaning to the songs. Whether I succeed or not is in the ears of the listener. I hope I do
Do any of your songs based on personal experiences? If so, can you tell me about one that’s particularly special to you?
I think it's better when someone can add their own interpretation to a song, right? Makes it more personal for the listener. Then if you do discover what the song's about for the artist then it's way more exciting! Like you've been let in on a secret. Got to keep some mystery alive in this world of over exposure. Plus I'm not very comfortable with revealing my deep personal experiences, that feels kind of too exposing, hence the penchant for allegories and metaphors I guess.
On Rotation: JANE ALLISON - Frayed
How do you come up with ideas for new songs? Do you write with a specific audience in mind?
I've lived a fairly long and rather full life so there's been a lot of experiences and insights, over the years to inspire my songs. I draw on things I'm passionate about, affairs of the heart of course, things I notice about people, how I interpret the world, our existence. Each song has its own life, it's own dawn so to speak...quite often they seem to just appear, much like a character does for me as an actor/writer, as if they're already there, hovering around and just waiting to be plucked out of the ether. My job is to make sense of it and articulate it in it's poetic form.
What are some of the challenges you face as an artist?
We there's always a financial challenge as an unsigned artist. How to fund the next album, how to create revenue when everything is downloaded for free. I still live in the dark ages and produce cd's, mainly because I personally love them and still buy them , I like the art work and having a physical copy in my hand, but to be honest it's a pretty fruitless thing to do really. I need to get with then program and become a TikTok star!
What's the best advice you've ever received about your career in music?
Persevere, keep doing what you love, stay true to yourself and don't worry about being old.
Tell something to your fans.
Thank you for listening and for continuing to support, thanks for turning out to shows and buying my music! Seriously without the fans it's all pretty pointless, because art in any form is there to be shared. Love and light to you all! Keep hopeful, stay strong and God bless x.