ARTIST NAME: Jane Silver
SONG TITLE: The More You Say It The Less I Believe It
ALBUM TITLE: Wooden Fortress
RELEASE DATE: 29th March 2019
GENRE: Folk Rock
Jane Silver is a singer-songwriter and guitarist originally from Barcelona and resident in London, where she is currently preparing her debut E.P. ‘Wooden Fortress’.
It will consist of a collection of stories made-song, which she has already performed with her four-piece band in both London and Barcelona.
Her updated version of folk music is influenced by artists like Joni Mitchell or David Crosby, and bands such as Pentangle and Led Zeppelin.
Jane Silver has already released two singles, ‘Marble’ and ‘Life Goes On’.
The last one is a collaboration with fellow folk artist and friend Gabriel Kazz.
Her upcoming E.P. will be out on March 29, 2019.
Discuss your music career.
I can say that as long as I can keep writing songs and making music, I am a happy woman!
The simple concept of having a music career has become an unattainable DIY fantasy.
Musicians and artists who are now starting out are required to not only be musicians but also be managers, booking agents, promoters, producers, sound engineers… which often leaves little time to what should be the core aspect of a music career: making music.
It is important to be proud of one’s work and share it with the world, yes, but not to the point of exhausting your days by doing self-promotion.
Focus on writing amazing tunes that make you happy!
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
The best way to honor an audience who’s there to see you is by making sure to prepare an honest, beautiful performance.
Practice; don’t leave it for the last minute!
List the names of your biggest supporters.
Friends, family, and amazingly talented artists around me.
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
The feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment when being able to express myself through the songs I write, and also the fact that hard work does pay off in a journey where you are constantly learning and evolving.
Discuss your experience as an artist.
I come from an image-making background, having studied an arts degree before shifting to music. In a way, this interest I have for imagery becomes an extension of the music I like to make, which to me is pretty colorful and narrative.
I often think more of myself as a writer rather than a performer, since I feel way more confident and experienced in that department.
However, being an artist often requires stepping out of one’s comfort zone, and that’s why I put effort to become a better performer.
Tell us the biggest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
At times, when there are too many voices speaking at once, your own voice becomes dimmed. I normally find myself regretting a decision where I neglected what my gut was telling me to do.
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.
When people go to see live music, they want to have a good time, unwind. It is sad and concerning that some of the excitement of going to see live music can be taken away by the fact that there may be a threat of being harmed at the venue.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
Trust yourself, your instincts, but also be open to listening and learning from those who are more experienced or knowledgeable.
Tell us what you will improve or change in your music.
As long as I keep making music and learning, there will be an organic improvement in the music, regardless of what I plan to improve on, I think!
However, the same way that I once consciously decided to improve my lyrical ideas, I am very excited about improving my production skills.
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
It was almost a year ago since I started actively working on how to make my vocals sound clearer when performing. Something as simple (and necessary!) as doing a vocal warm-up before singing can make such a huge difference in the way your voice sounds!
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
Relaxed, eager to have a good time, and at peace with the fact that I may make mistakes!
List your best artists with reasons.
Most of the artists that I love are those from which I see that I can learn in one way or another. I really admire good songwriting, so it’s needless to say that I love The Beatles. I’ve been very interested in a while in folk music from the 60s and 70s. I’ve been listening to a lot of Pentangle, Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. I love the sound, the themes, and the vocal melodies!
Discuss your existence as an artist.
I try to keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle. I don’t really like the idea of the “tortured, miserable artist” that feeds his / her life into the work. It rarely ends up well! That’s why I really like telling stories in my songs and creating characters and distant lands in order to express my ideas.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
We are slowly and steadily losing touch with our own primordial nature. We are losing touch with nature and with each other, which in turn gets translated to an increasing apathy towards everything that surrounds us, be it the environment, be it the relationships we establish with one another.
Discuss your songwriting and recording.
The process of writing and recording a song changes slightly depending on the song, I’d say. However, like in any creative process, I think it is important to be assertive and capable of decision-making.
The way you put together a song can go many ways, but it is important to keep in mind that if you don’t commit to some of your ideas, you may never finish such a song!
My creative process tends to change slightly depending on what I am working on. Sometimes lyrics come first; sometimes a musical idea may be the beginning of a song.
Sometimes a song can be written in an afternoon, and sometimes it can take a week. It really depends.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
My artist’s name is Jane Silver. The name was inspired by one of the main characters from the book “Treasure Island”, John Silver. He is not the best of guys, but the first time I stumbled upon this character was on a prequel series about the book.
On the show, especially at the beginning, he is not so bad, and he gets out of most trouble because he’s really good as a storyteller.
My flatmates at the time seemed to see some parallelism between his skill and mine when it came to getting out of sticky situations!
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“The More You Say It The Less I Believe It” (what a mouthful!) is a song about unfulfilled relationship expectations. There isn’t a big story behind it, more than just a bunch of observations put together about what it is to love someone and how such an immense feeling becomes a parody of itself through the different clichés depicted in popular culture.
State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.
Wooden Fortress is also the name of the 5th song of the EP. It references a symbolic place in which we all remain kids, like some kind of Peter Pan’s Neverland.
I have always found it ridiculous how as we grow up we convince ourselves that we no longer know how to do certain things. A very clear example is how we all used to draw freely when we were kids, but once we grow up we automatically state that we cannot draw!
I guess that as we grow up we adapt to certain constructs of what “a real drawing” should look like, and hence we discard our own “not good enough drawings” and drop the pen and paper.
The Wooden Fortress is a place where we don’t need to care about that, it is the place where we hold our inner child alive and free.
I decided to name the E.P. Wooden Fortress because it has been an exciting process of making mistakes and learning along the way.
The moment I decided I would produce it myself, I knew the result wouldn’t be perfect, but I also knew it would result in an accurate representation of where I was at the time.