Interview: Jenny March Discusses Her Infectious Debut Single, ‘California Daze’
Photo: Dennis Leupold and used with permission

Los Angeles-based songstress, Jenny March, has always been unafraid about challenging the status quo. That’s why her music is filled with metaphoric innuendos of real life scenarios. As is also the case with her infectious debut single, “California Daze.”

Produced by Tony Rodini (blackbear, Weezer, Terror Jr.), “California Daze” has an ethereal feel to it. With March’s sultry vocals set against a groovy vibe, the track instantly draws the listener in and doesn’t let go. The song is part of a larger EP that March plans to release later this year. A video for “California Daze” is also in the works.

In addition to her career in music, March has been predominant in the acting world as well. Having appeared alongside Marisa Tomei and Minnie Driver in the horror film, “Laboratory Conditions” as well as starring in the shorts, “The Stanford Letter” and “Meanamorphosis”.

AXS recently spoke with Jenny March about her new single and more in this new interview.

AXS: What can you tell us about your new single, "California Daze”?

Jenny March: “California Daze” is the first song that Tony Rodini and I worked on for my EP project. I had started dating a guy and the two of us were going through the honeymoon phase. Living in L.A., it was easy to get lost in the relationship, and I felt as if I was losing myself and having trouble getting on with my career. The daze is actually a metaphor about the world being full of distractions and the things that hold us back.

AXS: How would you describe your sound?

JM: It’s definitely edgy pop. I love ballads and upbeat pop songs. I grew up dancing, so I was into Madonna and Britney, but I also love artists like Usher and Outcast and the groovy vibes they have. It's a mixture of all of that.

AXS: What was it like working with Tony Rodini on this track?

JM: It was great. Tony and I have great chemistry and have become really close friends. He’s a fun guy who totally understood what I was looking for. We worked really well together.

AXS: What’s your writing process like?

JM: A lot of the time, it begins with a track. Other times, I’ll start by writing chords and then put a melody on top of it. Then I’ll put lyrics to the melody. If I’m feeling sad or emotional when I write, I’ll write chords that empathize with the way I’m feeling. Sometimes, I'll even write poems and put them in a song.

AXS: Is “California Daze” part of a larger project?

JM: Yes. I’ve just finished a seven-track EP with messages of female empowerment and confidence. There’s even a ballad that’s very close to my heart. It’s an album about who I am and about not holding anything back. With this album, you’ll get to see everything I’ve gone through this last year. I’m really excited about it.  

AXS: Was a career in entertainment something you always aspired to do?

JM: Oh, yeah. My mom put me in dance classes when I was two, and I would dance nearly every day. Growing up, I also did pretty much every sport. So, I would go to practice and then straight to dance practice. I did competitive dancing and musical theater for several years as well as played piano and had classical vocal training. I went to a theater camp for five summers in New York before I got an agent, and my Mom and I moved to Los Angeles. Eventually, I met Tony and we created some magic. I haven't looked back since.

AXS: Do you find that you get more creative satisfaction from music as opposed to acting?

JM: I think it’s a better emotional outlet for me. I still love acting and will continue to pursue it, but music, singing and writing allow me to get more out what I'm feeling. It was always my main passion.

AXS: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?

JM: I recently did a collaboration with CMC$ that was just released. It’s a song called “Love Parade” that Tony and I wrote together. I love that song and am so excited about that one as well.

AXS: What excites you the most about the new single?

JM: I'm excited to be able to release this new music. I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and to hopefully be an inspiration for people. I want to be the voice for youth and to let them know that we all go through trials and errors when we transform from kids into adults.  If I can help someone with my music and career, that would make me so happy.