XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Jenny Teator: I just released a new song “Daughter of the Devil” on November 8th! I am currently in the studio right now recording another song 🙂
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Jenny Teator: I’ve had some rotating players, but I’ve been playing with a full band for the last year and a half.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Jenny Teator: The more I started playing music and writing the more it made me want to create my own band and sound. I saw what it did to me and I wanted the opportunity to be able to show others what music can do for you.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Jenny Teator: I was in the choir from sixth grade and on. I loved to sing! I sang coming out of the womb… but then I picked up a guitar at 15 and taught myself how to play.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Jenny Teator: An edgy, honest depiction of what it is to be human.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Jenny Teator: I’d like to tour with the full band next year, that is next up on the list. There are certain venues I’d like to play over the course of my career as well…like the Ryman Auditorium and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Jenny Teator: Playing for a live audience.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Jenny Teator: The overall theme is just being a human being. We are all more alike than we think! Topics of lust, fear, fantasy, communication, and independence to name a few. All of my songs encompass something I have personally experienced and written in a way that the listener can relate to in some way.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Jenny Teator: To put out music that I genuinely believe in. You can tell when an artist is singing a song and not into it. Maybe they didn’t write the song, or someone else is telling them that they need to fit inside this “box” the industry can push you into. I’m not about that shit. I want to proudly stand behind the art I create and have the final say in how I create it. If someone doesn’t like it, they don’t have to listen to it. That’s a choice.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? How about performing stories? If so, please fill us in.
Jenny Teator: Not really… but I’m sure there will be soon enough.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Jenny Teator: To prove that I was actually me. They didn’t believe it was me replying to a DM on Instagram haha. So she said, “take a picture of you holding a piece of paper with my name written on it”. So I sent her a video of me saying her name, haha and she was like omg it is you! I am not at a level where personally replying to messages is unheard of (in my opinion) but I enjoy engaging with fans!! I wouldn’t be here without them so why wouldn’t you?
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a band?
Jenny Teator: Absolutely! Super supportive. They’re always sharing my content and posts which is awesome. My dad has personally gotten a kick out of my latest song “Daughter of the Devil” because I’ve used him in a lot of the content. I am a daddy’s girl though, so it works haha.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Jenny Teator: Don’t give up when shit hits the fan. Just keep going, it takes consistency, persistence in this industry. You’re going to get a LOT of “No’s” before you get Yes’s, the key is to not give up when it gets hard- that’s where the growth happens.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Jenny Teator: I love to play “Daughter of the Devil” live, it has a crowd participation section that always gets them going and creates a fun environment. It sets the vibe for a fun set. I also love to play “Rise Up” which is the next song I’ll put out. 🙂
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Jenny Teator: Grace Potter. When I first saw her live it blew my mind. She put on such an incredible show and her stage presence was ROCKIN’ it just inspired me to do that same thing in my own way. It lit a fire in my ass basically.