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TH: Since you did all the producing and the writing, I imagine that was pretty fulfilling to complete it knowing that it was your accomplishment?
JM: Absolutely, yes. I was blessed with a few really talented collaborators that came in here and there on different tracks. But yeah, it's mainly my baby and my brainchild. It felt good, it felt like an accomplishment. Because, believe me, there were moments where it was really difficult. I'm a completely independent artist where I don't have a label at this time. So I pretty much just do everything on my own, which I think a lot of musicians nowadays are doing. It's a wild frontier out there; you forge ahead, kind of blindly sometimes. You learn by what works, and by what doesn't work. There's no roadmap anymore. It's completely open right now, which is exciting and scary at the same time.
TH: Do you have a favorite song off of the album?
JM: It changes all the time. It's really funny, it's like there are certain songs that I like performing live at certain times. I have a couple tracks that I'm really fond of: "Indigo Child" and "Semantix." They're really dear to my heart. But in general, I go through phases with certain songs. At times I'm like "Oh, I really love this song again." It's funny, after working on the album for that long, you hear them so much and then you step away from it and then go back to it and hear different things. You always say, "Oh, there's something I could really do better" or "There's something I would do different this time."
Music is very mutable; it kind of evolves even after a song is done, even when you perform it live. That's what I like about music in general, it's always unfolding.
TH: Have you begun working on your next album, or, with the first one taking so long to finish, are you just enjoying that it's complete and looking forward to playing the songs live?
JM: I'm enjoying performing live, I have a full band now, but I'm also working on new tracks. I have a few completed already, one or two are being mixed right now, and I'm still writing. I'm thinking I want to put something out by the end of next year. I'm not going to rush too much, because I really want to get out there and perform and start building a fan base that way. But I'm definitely always working on new material.
TH: Now if you had an opportunity to perform with any musician, who would you choose and why?
JM: There's so many that I admire. I love Nine Inch Nails, I have a lot of respect for Trent Reznor and I would love to perform with him. I love the band Muse, they're a big influence. And older bands like Blondie, I love what Debbie Harry did. Underworld, which is an electronic band from the UK, love them. And Depeche Mode, I can't forget Depeche Mode, they would be a band that I'd love to perform with. I'd love to perform with any of those bands.
TH: I hear that you practice martial arts, kick boxing, and tai chi. Should Chuck Norris be worried if he happens across your path?
JM: (laughs) Maybe, I'm a little tougher than I look. It depends, if somebody gets me in that space then for sure, but usually I'm a pretty peaceful, loving girl.
TH: And you grew up on a farm in Michigan?
JM: Yes, I did. A 180-acre farm.
TH: Wow, was there a little bit of a culture shock when you moved to New York and then L.A.?
JM: Definitely, but I was ready for it. I felt really confined in a small town, so when I left I was beyond ready. I left as soon as I finished High School. But at the same time I'm really grateful to have been raised in that kind of environment, because it grounds me a lot.
TH: Right, you've kind of seen both worlds, if you will.
JM: Yeah, it's good because I can adapt more. I'm not just from one element, I can adapt to different elements, so I'm grateful for it. I didn't realize at the time that it's a very organic and pure way to grow up, around nature and animals. It's beautiful, and a lot of kids nowadays don't get that opportunity, unfortunately. So I feel that I'm lucky.
TH: And of course you have an interesting name, so does it annoy you when people mispronounce your name?
JM: It happens all the time. I think I'm pretty used to it.
TH: You probably don't even correct them anymore, right?
JM: Yeah, unless it's just horribly butchered I don't. It's one of those things where I expect it almost. But it's kind of fun because it's a conversation piece and people are always curious as to how it came about. It's neat, I don't mind.
TH: Do you have any upcoming shows with Auradrone?
JM: Yes, September 25th we're playing at Cinespace in Hollywood and then we're doing October gigs, I believe the 24th and the 28th, at Bar Sinister and Club Moscow, which are in Hollywood as well. We're playing L.A. mostly right now, but we are looking in the new year to get out of L.A. and start playing either colleges or festivals. Or anywhere that's a bigger exposure to audiences.
TH: And hopefully you can open for Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails.
JM: That would be pretty amazing, yeah. That would be pretty cool.
TH: We have one final question, which we ask everybody. We end all interviews with word association, so I say "wombat" and you say...
JM: Tom Petty.