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Wednesday 23rd, May 2007
Jennifer Rene

Vocalist Jennifer Rene and Jose Amnesia DJ/Producer teamed up for the smash hit "Louder" which was spun by the likes of Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, and Above & Beyond. Now they are back with their follow-up "Wouldn't Change A Thing", which has already been named a tune of the month in the April'07 issue of MixMag, and will be featured on Armin Van Buuren's new CD "A State Of Trance 2007". We interviewed Ms. Rene about her success and upcoming plans.

Jennifer Rene ďWouldnít Change a ThingĒ
By Mike Schirtzer



Trance.nu says:

First question, how do you pronounce Rene?

Jennifer Rene says:

It sounds like "re - nae"

Trance.nu says:

Ok good now that we set that straight, where are you from and where do you live now?

Jennifer Rene says:

Well Iím happy to be doing this interview first off, so thank you. I was born in Riverside, California and grew up here in Indianapolis, Indiana. Where I live now!!

Trance.nu says:

Wow Indianapolis doesnít exactly sound like the hot-bed of clubbing

Jennifer Rene says:

Youíre exactly right it's not, you say "I do dance music" and they call it "techno". In fact I did go out last night with some friends and at this club they played "Sandstorm", one of them leaned to me and said "so this is the kind of music you do?" They don't have knowledge as to what dance music is here, that is what Chicago is for and I love going to that city.

Trance.nu says:

When did you start singing?

Jennifer Rene says:

Since I was very young, itís just something that came naturally to me, I sang in churches, at festivals, in choirs. Itís always something I loved to do.

Trance.nu says:

When did you first go to a club and hear Electronic music?

Jennifer Rene says:

Actually not until I turned 21, I always felt alone in loving this music so much in Indy because no one listens to it here. Somehow I heard about this club called "Vision" in Chicago and one of my friends took me there. It was a Blank and Jones show and that night I remember standing in the middle of the dance floor clearly thinking "Wow Iím not alone, Iím not the only one that loves this and I want to do this as my life someday."

Trance.nu says:

How did you hook up with Jose Amnesia?

Jennifer Rene says:

Through a mutual friend "Arturo Bonetti", we met through the internet. He had been friends with Josť Amnesia for a long time. Arturo knew I wanted to sing for this genre and he said "send me your vocals I know a producer who could use them." and thatís exactly how it happened,

Trance.nu says:

Some producers like to make music first then put down the vocals, other do vocals first, which way do you prefer to record?

Jennifer Rene says:

I donít have an "official" or preferred way. Sometimes I hear music and write the vocals that come to mind. Sometimes I hear vocals and then later the music is put to it. Sometimes itís a mix of both. ďLouderĒ and ďWouldnít Change a ThingĒ were both this way. I wrote something and sent it to Josť. He sent me back his musical ideas, and I in turn wrote more to the original idea. We work really well together creatively. Sometimes its like we can read each others minds musically and with Jonas Steur and "Fall to Pieces" he sent me the music, then I wrote the lyrics over it. It just depends every track is different.

Trance.nu says:

You are signed to Armada, Any plans to do a track with Armin

Jennifer Rene says:

Back in march of this year I was in a studio with him in Washington DC. We recorded two songs there. One I originally wrote and another we wrote together, and we have plans to continue in the near future. I would assume it will still be some time before it gets released. Right now heís busy promoting "A State of Trance 2007" plus his tour schedule is just crazy. When they are finished and ready, I know the wait will have been worth it.

<img src="http://www.trance.nu/media/images/djs/jennifer_rene/jennifer_rene.jpg" />

Trance.nu says:

Which DJís would you like to work with in the future?

Jennifer Rene says:

Well, Armin was a big one, so to say Iíve gotten that opportunity already, in this very short period of time is amazing. The fact that Iíve been in this business, is a real blessing. I do however have a few other producers in mind for sure.

Trance.nu says:

The big discussion within the music industry is the importance, or lack thereof, of MySpace, how has it made an impact on your career?

Jennifer Rene says:

I never saw MySpace as a "networking" tool, but a few years ago, a producer told me "you should sign up for MySpace its great for networking". I saw it as "this 30ís something DJ uses MySpace for picking up chicksĒ, but once I signed up for it, I realized it's so much more than that. Without MySpace I wouldn't know almost ANY of the artists I know today, possibly not even Josť. I wouldn't be getting the gigs Iím getting now and couldnít promote my music in the way Iím doing now. Most importantly, I couldn't be connecting with the fans the way Iím doing now. There is nothing in the world that means more to me that reading what fans of my music write to me and replying. I would basically be sitting at home wondering if people are enjoying my voice! I know MySpace isn't everything and it's not the entire world, but it's been very beneficial to me.

Trance.nu says:

Along those lines, what is your involvement with message-boards/forums such as trance.nu?

Jennifer Rene says:

I used to use tranceaddict.com a lot, but, and I know Iím not the first to say this; there is a lot of negativity that comes with these message boards. Itís like, some people are just sitting there, ready to pounce on anybody who posts something they disagree to, or to any artist that releases a track or a compilation. Its one thing to post oneís opinion, but itís another to attack a person or an artist or their work, but there is a lot of good to the message boards too. I do use them, I donít post as much as I used to, but I read alot.

Trance.nu says:

Which vocalists do you enjoy?

Jennifer Rene says:

Jes, Nadia Ali, Tiff Lacey, Sarah McLachlan, Imogean Heap, Sir Adrian (the vocalist from Ronski Speedís "The Space We Are")

Trance.nu says:

Other than Armin and Josť, who are your favorite DJís?

Jennifer Rene says:

Gabriel and Dresden

Trance.nu says:

What is the future for Jennifer Rene?

Jennifer Rene says:

Always singing and writing. Josť and I have talked about doing an album together. Thereís even talk of possibly doing an artist album down the line, but I also want to push myself as a DJ too, which not many people know I want to do. Iím going to try to focus on that with radio shows and gigs; also I want to learn to produce for myself down the line. Music, music and lots more music.

Trance.nu says:

What is your ultimate goal, cross-over pop hit, or something else?

Jennifer Rene says:

Cross over dance hit. I want to take the music I do, and make it the "pop" hit, not with the "pop" sound but the popularity of it I mean; I want to change the world with this music. There are still so many people who's ears I havenít had a chance of opening to this. If I can make them dance, then my mission in life is accomplished and I can die happy.

<a href="http://www.myspace.com/jenniferreneb">http://www.myspace.com/jenniferreneb</a>
<a href="http://www.armadamusic.nl/artists/jenniferrene">http://www.armadamusic.nl/artists/jenniferrene</a>


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