Happy Sunday to all – hope you are having a peaceful and mellow day. We are so happy to get to spend a peace of Sunday with Jaenki. JAENKI is the collaboration and culmination of the artistry of weird pop, fine tuning the boundless musical realms of the mystical and other worldly. Hailing from Kansas City, Kenn Jankowski, Ryan Wallace, Stephanie Perkins, and Liam Sumnicht came together with ideas that searched the forefront of innovative melodies, rhythms, and overall composition, establishing a group that aims itself to share with listeners a creative and introspective look into their interpretation of music. So lets get into it and keep the good Sunday vibes going until Monday morning.
@skopemag: Where are we talking from today?
Kansas City, Missouri.. Under one roof, living harmoniously, even though we all share one bathroom.
@skopemag: What is the most current project that you are working on at the moment?
We’re always making beats and writing lyrics and brainstorming back and forth.. but I’d say right now, our main focus is the video shoot for our song “Done For” that we have coming up.
@skopemag: Got any music posted that we can stream and check out?
Let me tell ya, any opportunity we have to share our music makes us happy people.. here’s the link to our EP that was released in November, which is really special to us.
@skopemag: What is it about music that you knew this was more important than all other artistic endeavours?
Always felt music was like a super power, like it attached a string to your core and was tethered to everyone else’s, but they were unaware of its existence. It felt like the sounds you were hearing could move walls, or slow and speed up time. Like a symbiotic parasite that constantly was unlocking parts of your brain and expanding your field of cognitive vision in order to allow itself to ripen from within. Pllllbbbbbbbb. That sounded a lil hokey.
@skopemag: When you are not doing music what else do you enjoy?
We’re really big fans of taking shots….. for fun. Ryan really likes to work on stage lights, it’s like one of the only things that makes him smile. Kenn is really into gravity boots and ladies. As for Stephanie, she’s big into starting conversations with strangers using one of her accents until someone starts to feel uncomfortable.
@skopemag: How do you test whether your new song is a keeper or not?
There’s no testing..when we are working on an idea, we will know within the first day whether or not it’s something to follow through with. It either happens or it doesn’t. It’s not healthy for us to try and force something that’s not coming naturally.
@skopemag: How much time per week do you devote to music & social media marketing?
Every single day something is happening.
@skopemag: Should I feel guilt as an industry insider for paying $10 a month for Amazon Music Unlimited and having access to all music as I please?
We are not really sure what to think about any of it. I mean, it’s art. It’s nice to get paid for your work, but, we don’t really get paid. Maybe if there was more of a push to follow local, regional, national music like there is with food, things would become more profitable. It’s all about energy. If we cut ourselves short and thin, then products that dominate the market are slipshod, disregardable, and unadorned.
@skopemag: What kind of environment & mood do you feel most creative towards your music?
Dark, clean, 75°F, and no one home. Coffee, endless supply, no plans, did I mention clean? How about spacious. Cleanliness and spaciousness spawn creativeness.
@skopemag: When are you most inspired to create music?
@skopemag: What is coming up for you & where you @ online?
We are writing new music of course. We want to travel and bring music to the people who already love our music and the ones who have yet to discover it. We want to push ourselves to write and perform the best that we can. A visual/audio experience original and progressive. You can always find us at jaenki.com or on Instagram (@jaenki) or Facebook (@jaenki) or maybe sometimes twitter (@jaenki)