Rising artist JVNA finally released their long-awaited debut album, Hope in chaos. As you’ll hear below, the 12-track project is a deeply moving listening experience as the classically trained musician takes us on a wonderful personal journey through heartbreak, love, determination and love. other strong emotions she has faced in recent years. Employing a melting pot of sonic influences ranging from electronics, pop and rock, this eclectic LP is captivating from start to finish; not to mention full of meaning and passion that will leave you feeling inspired and truly touched. On the heels of Hope in chaos, JVNA will hit the road on an album-themed tour starting February 19. We had the pleasure of sitting down with the artist herself to talk about the inspiration behind this impressive project; Check it out below and make sure you blow up the album as well.
JVNA – Hope in Chaos (Album) | Flux
RTT: Taking charge of writing, singing and producing an entire album is awesome. What was this creative process like for you and how did it influence the final product?
JVNA: Thank you! I really like being able to express my creativity in all aspects of my music – production, melodies, lyrics and music videos. I think because I am doing all of this I am telling an authentic story from my heart that translates to the listener as authentic as possible. The creative process can be very frustrating as I can be very perfectionist on really tiny details that most people wouldn’t even notice if I didn’t point it out. However, it’s all worth it at the end when I’m able to listen to a song and feel a sense of ease because everything is in the right place as I imagined.
How has being a classically trained musician impacted your approach to electronic music production in 2021?
The composition in classical music is very different from electronic music and especially from pop. A full orchestra can be made up of 100 musicians and each of them plays a very specific detailed composition which together creates a sonic texture. With electronic music, you have to be careful that things don’t sound too “muddy” when it is a completely different approach in classical music. I had a little trouble with that when I started producing electronic music because I had 20 melodic ideas that I wanted to incorporate into 2 bars of music. I also studied film music at
college, so I think it translated some cinematic elements into my own electronic music. I like having a lot of slow-evolving builds and telling stories with them in a sonic way.
You channel a lot of powerful emotions on Hope In Chaos, especially heartbreak. Talk a bit about how your life experiences have influenced the completion of this project.
This album is written in a time of instability where I was going through so many rapid changes at once – breakups, death of my father, college graduation, entering the entertainment industry. I am now in a fairly stable part of my life and in a way writing this album is my way of handling my journey to adulthood. The general theme of this album is the story of Pandora’s Box. The Greek tale follows the goddess Pandora who opens a forbidden box out of curiosity, triggering chaos, disease and sins in the universe. The only thing left was hope. This album is about going into the unknown, fighting chaos through thick and thin and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
I staged my tracklist in the same way as the scenes in Grief. In the first song “Chaos (Prelude)”, my last words spoken say “I will fly among the chaos”. That’s why the last song on the album is called “Fly”. The songs “Where You Are” and “Ghost” are songs about breaking up and wanting them to come back in your life. “Breakdown” and “Sins” are angry songs that dwell on situations that have arisen. “Sins” mean a lot to me because I wrote it out of regret that I had my last conversation with my father as a fight. The fall of “Sins” looks like pots and pans clashing – a memory of my divorced parents who fought. “18” is about my feminine story. The song that has the most emotion behind it is probably my song “18”. This song is about the dangerous box of dirt that comes with turning 18.
You are immediately legally capable of being sexualized by others. My words ‘Do you want to cut your face just to look pretty?’ is about the plastic surgery industry and the unrealistic beauty standards that many young women like me have wanted to achieve. “You say I wanna be mean” is a very direct line to the squeaky messages I received in my DMs as a high school student from older men. It’s a holistic song about how I felt about transitioning to adulthood as a woman and also a turning point on the album. “Bullseye” is about taking action and achieving the ambition to change your life. “Hope” is the interlude of emotions from Chaos to Hope. From there, the album becomes more optimistic and brilliant. “At least that was fun” and “Dystopia” are songs about accepting your past and present terms. “True Colors” and “Fly” speak of my experiences of happiness and determination following this trip.
Opening up and being vulnerable on this album was therapeutic for you? What advice would you give to other artists who are trying to express themselves authentically in this way?
When I wrote this album, I was in a very emotionally unstable part of my life. My early twenties were full of changes and my path to adulthood was very marked by the death of my father. I wanted to tell a healing story to my audience that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Writing this album in a way was also a healing process for me to deal with my understanding of all the changes I was going through. My advice to other artists who want to express themselves authentically would be to write about specific personal stories. I think a lot of people dismiss their stories as not being “deep” or “interesting” enough, but it’s just their own impostor syndrome that speaks. Every emotion that every human being goes through is a story worth telling and if it can be translated into art, it will be one of the purest and most beautiful things that can exist from the artist.
You have taken an important step in your career by releasing your first album. What’s JVNA’s next goal, what would you like to accomplish next?
My goal is to play Coachella on the main stage!
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INTERVIEW: JVNA launches stunning debut album “Hope In Chaos” + talks about inspiration and approach to the unknown