Jenn Vix

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Jenn Vix
BornProvidence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
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Years active1984–present
Associated acts
Websitejennvix.band

Jenn Vix is an American solo electronic-rock recording artist, songwriter, producer, and recording engineer, who has ventured into other genres including alternative rock, trip hop, darkwave, modern new wave and electro-industrial.[1]

Early life[edit]

Though she was born in Providence, Rhode Island, she spent her teen years in New York City,[2] doing her middle schooling at Simon Baruch 104. Actor Jon Cryer was also at this school with her, and Vix appeared in a school play with him, Bye Bye Birdie.

Career[edit]

In 1984, Vix performed in a one-off band, singing back-up, along with singer/songwriter Nicole Willis from Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators,[3] Adam Horovitz of The Beastie Boys on bass, musician Phil Painson on drums and investigative journalist David Strahan on guitar, called Disco Donut.[4]

Jenn Vix[edit]

Vix's first solo release was Jenn Vix,[5] a self-titled album of 8 tracks on her own label, Umbrella, which was officially released in January 1995, through a New York–based distributor.[6] Later it was sold on CDBaby, one of the first artists on that site. Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars, saying "Vix sounds perpetually enraptured. And the Rhode Island multi-instrumentalist has reason to be. Her music--clear, simple melodies awash in echo--is all dreaminess and shuddering, and from inside its swirl, her voice wafts up lightly. Catchy but otherwordly."[7]

The February 1995 CMJ New Music Monthly included Vix's song "Devils Chasing Angels," saying: "Vix played virtually all the instruments on her self-titled debut album (Umbrella). 'Devils Chasing Angels' is an airy, dreamy pop song, with wisps of synthesizers coiled around tendrils of Vix's trademark watery bass sound."[8]

Hope Springs Nocturnal[edit]

Vix's second release was Hope Springs Nocturnal,[9] officially released in October 1998 (rather than 2000 as listed on AllMusic). It is a longer release of 18 tracks.

3[edit]

Vix's third release was titled "3" and it has 10 tracks. It was released on Nov 1, 2003.[10][11]

Singles[edit]

In 2010, Vix released a single track titled "Vampires",[12] first exclusively at CDBaby, then in wide release.

On January 24, 2012, Vix released a fourth single track, titled "In the House of Dark Shadows". It is a collaboration with Reeves Gabrels, former guitarist for David Bowie and Tin Machine, and current guitarist of The Cure.[13]

In 2012, Vix released a single track titled “Sick” on March 14.[14][15] A year later she released a sixth single titled "Speed Of Light", her second collaboration with Reeves Gabrels.[16] The release date was April 22, 2013.[17]

Her seventh release was a single track collaboration with Andy Anderson, former drummer of The Cure, Iggy Pop and Hawkwind, and guitarist Mark Montalto. The track title is "Eyes Roll Back"; Popdose praised the song saying Vix's "voice is striking; warm, enveloping and emotional."[18] The official release date was June 29, 2015, and it was pre-released on Bandcamp on March 13.[19][20] It blends post-punk guitars and drums with light and sensual synthesizers.

Her eighth release was a double single, titled "F*ck, Rinse, Repeat" and "Burn."[21] Both tracks are a collaboration with Dirk Ivens, Belgian electro-industrial pioneer from the bands Absolute Body Control, Dive, and The Klinik. Vix‘s ninth release was a single track titled "I Don't Trust You". This is yet another collaboration with the former drummer of The Cure, Andy Anderson.[22] Pre-released on Bandcamp on June 17, 2015, then officially released on June 29, 2015, "I Don't Trust You" opts for a dark synthpop meets trip-hop approach "which frame Vix's Annie Lennox style vocals very nicely. It is a much more complex, intriguing and engaging track that more appropriately shows off the depth of Vix's songwriting skills."[23] The tenth release was a single track, titled "Hands On My Heart (Waiting)." It was released on August 29, 2015 on Bandcamp.

Strange Buildings[edit]

Vix's eleventh release was a five-track EP titled "Strange Buildings."[24][25] It features two collaboration tracks, "The Woman with No Fear" and "Weirdo", with the original guitarist of The Psychedelic Furs, John Ashton. It was released on Bandcamp on November 16, 2015, and then officially released on November 17, 2015.[26][27][28] Popdose said of Strange Buildings: "Vix’s voice is a wonderful instrument on its own; warm and embracing...she’s onto something truly special."[29]

Other projects[edit]

Vix also has several unofficially released single tracks on YouTube, Myspace, Reverb Nation and SoundCloud, including "Wave Of Sound", "In Your Sleep", "The Poisoner", "There", "Rover", "Pretty Knives", "Snake", Electrocution Man" and "Show Me The Sun" featuring former Adam and the Ants and Bow Wow Wow drummer Dave Barbarossa, aka Dave Barbe. There is also a cover version (tribute) of "Mouth To Mouth," by The Glove. Vix has also contributed vocals and music tracks for Bob Robertson's singing skeleton group, Sindy Skinless and the Decomposers, featured on YouTube.

In January 2016, Jenn Vix performed the tracks "Strange Buildings", "Unlocked" and "The Woman With No Fear" live for WBRU's Home BRU'd; the radio station said "knows how to create an atmosphere," offering "beautiful lyrics" with "the Massive Attack influence...evident in the echoing drums."[30] She was accompanied by Paul LF and John Ashton.

She was on the cover of Boston, MA, Noise magazine, and was the feature story; feature 291, April 22, 2009.

The video for "Vampires" was animated by cartoonist and writer, Scott Bateman.

In September 2014, Vix collaborated on a single track with guitarist Marco Pirroni, formerly of Adam and the Ants, Rema Rema and The Models. The track is a cover version of Shirley Collins' "Turpin Hero" and it is featured on the digital download of the compilation album "Shirley Inspired", official UK releases date 8 June 2015. She has also contributed three tracks to the PBS (New England) series "Hit and Run History", featuring Andrew Giles Buckley. Vix also recorded vocals on tracks by Rodney Linderman, known as Rodney Anonymous, of the band The Dead Milkmen in 2014.

Shy Child sampled Vix on their 2010 album, Liquid Love; The Guardian said the "Jenn Vix narrative ('I used to be in bands...') recalls how the Orb used a Rickie Lee Jones conversation in Little Fluffy Clouds."[31]

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Jenn Vix - 1995
  • Hope Springs Nocturnal – 1998
  • 3 - November 1, 2003[10]

Singles

  • "Vampires" - 2010
  • “Sick” - March 14, 2012[32]

Collaboration

  • Reeves Gabrels - “In the House of Dark Shadows” - January 24, 2012
  • “Speed of Light" - April 22, 2013
  • Andy Anderson – “Eyes Roll Back” - March 13, 2015[19]
  • “I Don't Trust You” - June 29, 2015[22]
  • Dirk Ivens - “F*ck, Rinse, Repeat” and “Burn” - May 23, 2013[21]
  • John Ashton - "The Woman With No Fear" and "Weirdo" on the EP, "Strange Buildings" - November 17, 2015[24][27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jenn Vix - Alternative, Electronic, Rock". Music New England. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Jenn Vix - Electronic, Singer-Songwriters, Gothic, Trip-Hop, Female Vocalists". Last.fm. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ the artist
  4. ^ http://liamlusk.com/14-questions-for-jenn-vix-vocalist-lyricist-songwriter-producer-multi-instrumentalist-and-remixer/
  5. ^ "Jenn Vix Discography - (Jenn Vix)". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Jenn Vix's self-titled debut album". ReverbNation. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ Evans, Paul (June 2, 1994). "Rollin' & tumblin'". Rolling Stone (683). p. 72. Accessed July 12, 2016 – via EBSCOHost.
  8. ^ "New Music Monthly". CMJ. February 1995. Retrieved July 12, 2016 – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "Jenn Vix - Hope Springs Nocturnal". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Jenn Vix Discography - 3". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Musician: Jenn Vix' Third Album, "3"". Music New England. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Jenn Vix's Vampires". Sonic Hits. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Jenn recorded 'In The House of Dark Shadows' with guitarist Reeves Gabrels; of David Bowie, Tin Machine, and The Cure". Groovesharks.org. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Muzoic Album release Sick - Single by Jenn VIX". Muzoic.net/. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  15. ^ "Sick". US Copyright Catalog. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  16. ^ Jeni, Bharo. The Cure. AnVi OpenSource Knowledge Trust. p. 135 of 187. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  17. ^ "Jenn Vix and Reeves Gabrels "Speed of Light"". Horizon VU Music. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  18. ^ Ross, Rob (April 24, 2015). "SINGLE REVIEW: Jenn Vix, "Eyes Roll Back"". Popdose. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "Review: Jenn Vix And Andy Anderson – 'Eyes Roll Back'". INTRAVENOUS MAGAZINE. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  20. ^ "SINGLE REVIEW: Jenn Vix, "Eyes Roll Back"". Popdose.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  21. ^ a b "Review: Jenn Vix & Dirk Ivens - 'F*ck.Rinse.Repeat' / 'Burn' (Single)". INTRAVENOUS MAGAZINE. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Jenn Vix Teams with The Cure's Andy Anderson on New Single 'I Don't Trust You', Out 7/14". Broadway World. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  23. ^ Palfrey, Sean (June 25, 2016). "Review: Jenn Vix And Andy Anderson – 'I Don't Trust You'". Intravenous Magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  24. ^ a b "E.P. REVIEW: JENN VIX (Featuring John Ashton), "Strange Buildings"". Popdose.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  25. ^ "Jenn Vix - "Strange Buildings"". MTV. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  26. ^ "Jenn Vix and John Ashton - Woman With No Fear". TeamRock. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  27. ^ a b "Jenn Vix and John Ashton – 'The Woman With No Fear'". Gigslutz. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  28. ^ a b "Jenn Vix - The Woman With No Fear (Feat. John Ashton)'". TheSoundOfConfusion. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  29. ^ Ross, Rob (November 18, 2015). "E.P. REVIEW: JENN VIX (Featuring John Ashton), "Strange Buildings"". Popdose. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  30. ^ "Home BRU'd Session: Jenn Vix". Wbru.com. 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  31. ^ Simpson, Dave (11 March 2010). "Shy Child: Liquid Love | CD review". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  32. ^ "Muzoic Album release Sick - Single by Jenn VIX". Muzoic.net/. Retrieved 23 December 2015.