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New single and LGBT music video "Someone else" AMA

Jenndesantis
Jan 12, 2018

Hi everyone! My name is Jenn DeSantis. I am a 22 year old singer-songwriter/pianist that has my newest single out for all to hear. I am from Danville, PA and I have been passionate about music since the tender age of 2. I play piano by ear and my style was heavily influenced by Classic Rock artists such as Queen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, ELO, and Elton John. Recently, I dropped off my latest single titled “Someone Else”. Its an emotional, powerful rock ballad with a bursts of passion that you hear throughout the track.

      “Someone Else” starts off with a piano and my vocals captivating the listener into the storyline.  Its about an LGBT interracial couple struggling to be true to one another because of the world in which they live in.  It is based on a past relationship of mine. The struggle is heard throughout the track especially when I sing “My heart says to love you / But it also says to say goodbye / Our love can’t continue even though I want it to thrive”.  The struggles LGBT has to face are so real. Not being fully accepted in our culture and society can cause the destruction of a relationship and sometimes the destruction of who we truly are at our core. I was struggling with my sexual identity thinking I could only fall in love with a man. After saying goodbye to her, I realized the emotional and loving attachment I felt with her even in a short amount of time. It made me realize that yes, I could fall in love with a woman and be happy. The production is top notch.  It has soft but very powerful sections throughout the cut and it helps with the engagement.  I hope this ends up on your playlist! Definitely check it out and give it a listen. Let me know what you think about it. Tweet me at @JennDMusic (JennDeSantisMusic) & stay tuned because my album "Surreality" is coming around the corner. 

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How can I get permission to record and sell songs written by other people?

Jan 13, 2:26PM EST0

You have to get permission from the writers first. Then copyright the song on copyright.gov or if it's a famous artist, you have to go through the Harry Fox Agency and try to contact their publisher.

Jan 14, 9:57PM EST0

Do you have focus audience when you write a song?

Jan 13, 12:52PM EST0

I don't really think about a focus audience. My target market ranges mostly from ages -20-34. They really are a wide range of different people. It's hard to really target my audience. I'll know once it grows more and more. 

Jan 14, 9:55PM EST0

Do you think of writing one of your songs to symbolize your childhood? What would be the main theme of the song?

Jan 13, 12:17PM EST0

If I had to write a song about my childhood, the major theme would be about being care-free, running barefoot through the grass and eating fresh tomatoes from my mom's garden. It would be about my imagination, always dancing, etc.

Jan 14, 9:52PM EST0

What is your most favourite song on your album and what really inspired its title?

Jan 12, 10:34PM EST0

My favorite song on my upcoming album would be Every Part Of Me. It's about fully giving myself to someone. My flaws, my heart, my emotions, my everything for the right person who will love me for me. It's about someone not being scared to love me deeply and the things I would do for someone if they love me that much.

Jan 13, 9:24AM EST0

What was the most challenging part of making this song?

Jan 12, 4:54PM EST0

The most challenging part of making this song is having the strength to accept the breakup, accept the situation, and sing it with no problem. I'm an artistic soul and I give a lot of love to people. That love is found throughout the song. There's songs now I can hardly sing and knowing how people feel about the LGBTQ community will raise contraversy. But, I learned to push that aside. Knowing how people feel about my feelings is rough, but I have to stand my ground. These are my feelings. This is me. My raw self.

Jan 12, 5:09PM EST0

How do you feel about the way people interpret your latest single titled “Someone Else?”

Jan 12, 4:37PM EST0

Most of the people I have encountered really appreciate that I made an LGBT music video. They are really hard to find and people really like the passion behind it. Some won't interpret it well, but I expect that. Some won't understand it fully. But I will always stay true to my story, my values, and my feelings.

Jan 12, 4:47PM EST0

What is your motivation and muse to write songs?

Jan 12, 4:12PM EST0

The motivation to write songs comes from a deep emotion that I have about something whether it's a loss or a spike in my confidence level, whether it's world issues, etc. There's this type of adrenaline I have when I am going through something. I'm proud that I can let my emotions out through writing songs. It's healthy because it's not dwelling, it's more trying to accept situations the universe gives me. The more I sing about my emotions, the better I actually feel. 

Jan 12, 4:50PM EST0

What are the most important aspects of songwriting process?

Jan 12, 3:25PM EST0

Hey Stephanie! The most important aspects of any songwriting process I think are writing about something that really has a lot of meaning to you. or resenates with you on some level. If you don't have passion behind it, what's the point. Always get inspired outside of your creativity. Take breaks. It's so important. Make sure the lyrics go along with the melody. If the melody is happy but the lyrics are sad, it's less impactful to your audience!

Jan 12, 3:47PM EST0

Do any of the proceeds of your music go to charitable organizations? Would you consider donating proceeds from your hit single "Someone Else" to nonprofit organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community? 

Jan 12, 2:58PM EST0

I have done charity in the past with my albums. The first two albums I ever sold I made the proceeds go to The Child Advocacy Center and Show Hope. I will always want to donate proceeds for my upcoming albums. I am thinking about FEED. 

Lauren Bush Lauren witnessed the effects of hunger firsthand. In places like Cambodia, Chad and Guatemala, she saw a program making a dent in child malnutrition: school meals. When a child is given a free, nutritious school lunch, it can break the cycle of poverty she was born into and empower her to change her own life.

Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the simple idea of creating products that would engage people in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. Every one of their products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided with its purchase. Ten years later, they built a movement connecting their customers to the cause, one bag at a time. 

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Jan 12, 3:12PM EST0

As far as supporting the LGBTQ community, I want to research and see if I can find nonprofit organizations that support it too. 

Jan 12, 3:13PM EST0

Do you plan on making more songs like "Someone Else" for the LGBTQ+ community? How important is it for your music to empower this community and for you to serve as a social activist through your music?

Jan 12, 2:56PM EST0

It is SO important because this is who I am. I am a part of this community and even with all the hate that we get and the unacceptance, I will always stay true to who I am. I will forever be an activist for the LGBT community, a feminist, the environment, and someone who fights for human rights. That will never go away! 

Jan 12, 3:01PM EST0

In case you were to give me an advice how to start songwriting, what would you tell me?

Jan 12, 9:08AM EST0

Hey Sianne. First, I would say this. Have you had any experiences lately that you can really feel emotionally gravitated towards? Even if it's something absolutely random in your life. Dreams really give me inspiration. Sit in a comfortable place. Don't force it. Also, for me I like to write the melody first because then I feel the emotion as I'm playing it, sometimes random words just pop up as I play a chord. If you don't play an instrument, listen to the melody over and over again. What words come to mind? Take your time. Write random thoughts down for a minute on a piece of paper.  It's amazing what you can come up with subconsciously. Work with your subconscious.  

Jan 12, 12:24PM EST0

Who is the is the reason for your love of music, and why?

Jan 12, 8:49AM EST0

I would say it's just been in my life for so long. I grew up listening to classic rock albums that my dad would have. My mom sang in the church choir. My sister and I would have singing competitions in the attic. And when my brother started piano lessons, I really wanted to. Also, my grandfather plays classical music on the piano by ear so beautifully and my grandma would sing all the time. It was all around me. Music has been something that has helped me cope with the most difficult times in my life. It's so therapeutic. It's also such a healer to others. That's what I really love about it.

Jan 12, 12:27PM EST1

What is the worst kind of advice you ever received concerning your songwriting?

Jan 12, 5:22AM EST0

Worst kind of advice? That's tough because I haven't really received bad advice on songwriting. I can't stand when artists repeat verses. lol That makes me cringe. It's like "dude....you could have really expanded on the story so much more! Noooo." lol that's a no no for me.

Jan 12, 12:29PM EST0

Does much editing go into your songs before they’re done, or are the finished products usually very similar to how the music first comes to you?

Jan 11, 9:54PM EST0

Hi Hannah :) There's a bunch of editing that can go into a song. And sometimes there's hardly any at all. It depends on what kind of sound I am looking for. But yes. You have to fade out the tracks, listen to the channel EQ, make sure there is no "muddiness" in the track, compression if need be, etc. Never edit too much. It can drive you nuts. lol. In my mind I can hear my song pretty clearly. I hear orchestras and the piano and hard rock drums. Sometimes I hear psychadelic and indie grooves. "Life Goes On" by The Damned, the guitars in it...I love them. Sometimes I hear 90s rock in my mind too. Maybe my music is more "old fashioned" but if I do live looping with it and make it into this new wave of Rock, it could be something really different that no one has even touched. The finished product is pretty similar to what I have in my mind. If it's not, it bugs me. 

Jan 12, 12:35PM EST0

How long do you wait for a potential collaborator to come up with something before you move on or ask someone else to work with you?

Jan 11, 8:05PM EST0

If a potential collaborator wants to work with me for business, I tell them my rate. They put down a deposit. If they don't come up with something for me by a certain date, I have to move on. If I am just having fun with a collaborator, it doesn't really matter so much the due date. Put all business aside and have fun! Also, don't wait for someone to ask you to work with you. If they look pretty cool, ask them. The worst you can get is a "no sorry." Doesn't mean another person won't be interested.

Jan 12, 12:38PM EST0

How do you avoid the use of same rhymes/themes/patterns and words when you write a song?

Jan 11, 7:27PM EST0

"Your eyes are beautiful without any makeup on, your hair is gorgeous when it's natural so let it down." If it's so true to how you feel, put it down. Don't think about rhyming. If it sounds good, it's good! My pattern is usually intro, verse, chorus, verse, chorus, finale.  My new song "The What Ifs" has measures of 5/4 and 3/4. It's a pretty theatric, fast song too. It's a song about my mind being so messed up after a sudden breakup and I wanted to show my frustration with the pattern.  So even if it's the same lyrical pattern, it's not the same 4/4 or 2/4 pattern. If a certain lyrical pattern feels right to you, keep doing it. I've tried to start my songs with a chorus but I didn't like it. As far as words, get inspiration from your favorite artists. How do they do it? Sometimes saying the same word over and over can also have a huge emotional impact on someone. It's not always a bad thing.

Jan 12, 12:47PM EST0

When and where did you first sing before an audience?

Jan 11, 6:09PM EST0

4th grade talent show, "Imagine" by John Lennon. I won't forget that:)

Jan 12, 12:48PM EST0

Do you play any othere instruments? 

Jan 11, 6:07PM EST0

I can play the drums! I took drumset lessons in college and messed around sometimes with my friend's drumset in high school. I love the drums. I can also play mallet percussion. I used to play the bells in the band in high school. The bells are so beautiful and cute. I loved how they sounded so they drew me in. Also, I didn't think I could wear a snare harness. I am so short and I pictured myself falling if I ever wore one for marching band. lol I can also fool around with a guitar and uke. But, I don't really know what I am doing. I really want to learn.

Jan 12, 12:50PM EST0

What are some of the elements of a hit song?

Jan 11, 4:40PM EST0

Hey Roger! Depends on what you consider a "hit" song. Nowadays mainstream on the radio is this: repeated words, not too many words in the verses, catchy 4/4 melodies, easy to follow, this same kind of sound with synths and production." Love songs and breakup songs do really well. But really overall and not considering only mainstream, it's all about how it captures the audience. That first intro, you got to reel them in. If the lyrics are witty, that's a plus. People like the unexpected which is ironic because mainstream is so expected. But when I do something unexpected on the piano, people get so excited haha it's so cool to see. 

Jan 12, 12:56PM EST0

Have you ever thought of joining a band or have you always wanted to be solo?

Jan 11, 2:57PM EST0

I have thought about it. In the future, I would love to be a solo act but have a different array of drummers and orchestra members I can count on. Maybe eventually a band. Not sure. I'll find out what happens! I have no idea who I will meet! It's so exciting.

Jan 12, 12:58PM EST0

How are songwriters paid when one of their songs is played on the radio?

Jan 11, 2:13PM EST0

The PROS (ASCAP, BMI, or SESAC) collect performance royalties for songwriters. In the US, terrestrial broadcasters (AM or FM stations) do not pay performers or sound recording copyright owners; they only pay the songwriters. The percentage of what they are paid depends on how much the song is played and the PROS percentage.

Jan 12, 1:22PM EST0

as more of an instrumentalist and someone who does a lot of accompaniments I do not write a lot of songs myself, what do you find the hardest part of writing a song and where do you usually begin.

Jan 11, 11:02AM EST0

Hey Connor! The hardest part of writing a song is sometimes wanting to say something in the song but it doesn't go with the melody. You have to make it flow in a nice way. That can be hard at times.

Jan 12, 1:23PM EST1

Do you think your hit single “Someone Else” will ever be popular in Danville PA? If YES, how would you feel?

Jan 11, 10:54AM EST0

It would be really cool. However, Danville is more conservative hence I am not sure if most would be into the song. Also, the types of music Central PA enjoys isn't really my genre. It could still always attract people anyhow who do. I am thinking of contacting local radio stations to see if they can play it! 

Jan 12, 1:25PM EST0

Are you a person of faith?

Jan 11, 8:05AM EST0

I have a lot of faith but I practice it in my own way and what feels right to me. People who take things too literal scare me. I should never feel unaccepted in my faith and if my religion doesn't fully accept it, that will never feel 100% right to me. I am open to learning other ways outside of church to feel connected with God and learning different religions is exciting. I think there are so many ways people can feel connected to God or the universe. It's really up to them. If it makes them happy, that is all that matters.

Jan 11, 11:54AM EST0

I enjoy my faith but I do not like to take it literally. Literal people scare me. However if the whole church does not accept who I truly am, I would be lying to myself by practicing it fully. God in my eyes is all forgiving and merciful. I practice it my own way and find god when I am praying in nature, meditating, or by myself. You can learn good morals from every religion or anyone's other beliefs. Love is the answer to everything. 

Jan 12, 1:31PM EST0

What bands or artists do you like today?

Jan 11, 7:57AM EST0

I'm really into Ani Difranco. She has such powerful lyrics. I like The Smiths a lot. Clean Bandits, Jamiexx, Black Kids, Dire Straits, The 1975, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry's (This is How We Do) and Amani's "Selfless" have been my anthems recently. 

Jan 12, 1:35PM EST0

What type of music influenced you?

Jan 11, 7:56AM EST0

Classic Rock, Pop, Jazz, Classical Music, and Alt 90s Rock have really influenced me. There's so many artists to name that have really influenced me. 

Jan 12, 1:36PM EST0

What are some of the mistakes that newbie songwriters make and how can they avoid?

Jan 11, 6:56AM EST0

Sometimes newbies try too hard. I remember writing a song when I was in fifth grade and one of the verses was like "The waves crashing down." And I'm like  "okay what is another word for crash...I want to look sophisticated" and I look in the dictionary, pick this ridiculous word, and go from there. It sounded so weird. lol Looking at the lyrics now make me crack up. Try not to think too hard. Also, try not to repeat ending words in phrases. But hey that's my opinion. Sometimes, it works. Write down random thoughts for a minute and see where it takes you. Think with your subconscious. Get inspiration from dreams and random events. Listen to more lyrical, story telling artists like Tori Amos, Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchel. See what they do with their verses! Listen to all different kinds of music.

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Jan 12, 1:42PM EST0

What is your favourite song that isn’t your own production?

Jan 11, 6:16AM EST0

Oh boy. It changes every month! I think "Landslide" by Stevie Nicks will forever be one of my favorites. It's so lovely. 

Jan 12, 1:43PM EST0

How long did it take to write your single hit “Someone Else?”

Jan 11, 4:59AM EST0

Around 15-20 minutes roughly! It was one of those songs that just came to me pretty easily. I felt every word. 

Jan 12, 1:44PM EST0

Hi there sweetie.. So I got a few questions for you. Eehm..when you decide to make a new song. Do you first make the melody? Or do you write a text first? And if you start to write and compose. Where do you get your inspiration from? Oh and what do you do just before a gig? Do you pray? Do you warm up your voice a bit? Contact with family and  friends?  And last but not least ... When can we meet each other in person? Cus that would be really Amazingggggg. Work on some music together. The thoughts make me so excited already. Your Amazing Jenn.....and I Seriously love you...💙🙏💯🙌🎶🎹 

Jan 11, 1:55AM EST0

Hey Gavin!!! I make the melody first. I really feel my thoughts and emotions through each chord. Sounds odd but I also just sing out random words that I can feel the chord speaking, It's like the melody writes the song, I just go along with what I feel it's trying to say. I get my inspiration from a variety of artists. To name a few: Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Queen, ELO, Evenescence, Alanis Morisette, P!nk, etc. I get my inspiration from other people too. I am a very intuitive, empathetic person. I can really feel a person's pain or what they are thinking just by looking at them sometimes. I put that into my music.  

What do I do before a gig? freak out. haha I am such a nervous wreck. so I jump up and down sometimes in bathrooms in need be. I chew gum sometimes before a show. I shake my arms, take a deep breath, do some warm ups before I leave my house, and well, when I am finally performing, I don't feel nervous anymore. It's like my brain did a 360. I love performing. It makes me feel confident, sexy, and I love it.

Jan 12, 1:49PM EST0

I also pray yes :)

Jan 12, 4:44PM EST0

Hello Jenn.. I'm not surprised  to find  that Queen  is 1  of  your many influences . Freddie Mercury  comes to mind when I listen to your recordings. Your piano playing is very entertaining. It sounds like a mixture of old school rock, Saloon Cabaret and classical. Will your shows be not only a listening experience but a visual one as well?

Jan 10, 9:09PM EST0

Yes! Queen really is one of my favorites!! I love Freddie Mercury so much I even sketched him. I wish he were still alive today. I love his voice and his piano playing. That theatrical song is really influenced by 70s rock especially Queen. Thank you:) I appreciate that!! Oh yes. I want to do cool psychadelic visuals. I want my music videos in the future to be really weird. I want it to make people go "woh that was a mind fuck" lol 

Jan 12, 1:51PM EST0

Who are your biggest influences growing up and now?

Jan 10, 8:16PM EST0

Fleetwood Mac, Queen, ELO, Heart, Pat Benatar, John Lennon, etc. Now? Oh gosh. Ani Difranco, P!nk, Joan Jett, The Smiths, Tame Impala, Tash Sultana, and The Cure. 

Jan 12, 1:55PM EST0

What kind of job do you think you would be doing now if you didn't have your music career?

Jan 10, 8:14PM EST0

Good one Xulian! I love giving advice to people. My friends say I give really good advice and I feel like if I weren't a musician, I would be a therapist or even a pyschologist. Psychology really intrigues me. 

Jan 12, 2:04PM EST0

Jenn, did your parents play a roll In getting you starter in music, and how so?

Jan 10, 7:59PM EST0

My mother is classically trained on the piano and sings. She is very talented herself and it really inspired me. My dad has such a love for music too and got me into a bunch of artists. They had such a big part in it. <3

Jan 12, 2:05PM EST0

What's the hardest part about being a musician in today's industry?

Jan 10, 5:34PM EST0

Hey Garett!! The hardest part is that if you don't sell a bunch of albums, you hardly get paid. Songwriters and publishers don't get paid as much. The mechanical rate that an artist recieves is so small. Also, mainstream follows a certain sound. If you don't have it, you won't be a mainstream artist. I have a lot to say about the singing shows too. It's all about image. I want to be the independent artist that has a certain following, a target market if you will, that doesn't want to be signed to any major label. The labels are hardly getting money. They are mostly shutting down. However, it is so easy now to connect with so many contact in the music industry! Technology has made it easy for artists to produce in home studios of their own, promote, and get more followers so by the time they perform, they have a following. For me, it's not about the money. It's about my passion. If I have to do a part time job, I will. And I have to learn to love my day job as a waitress, night job as a performer until hopefully it pans out.

Jan 12, 2:10PM EST0

Do you record at home mainly or at a studio? 

Jan 10, 5:20PM EST0

Hi Eliza! I have recorded my past album with Fred Rigollaud. He is an amazing aspiring recording engineer at SUNY Oneonta. So I was recording in Studio A there. As for my past albums and SoundCloud tracks, I recorded them myself with a TASCAM DP-01 and Logic Pro X. I have a home studio set up currently that I want to add and improve on, hopefully recording and producing on my own in the future.

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Jan 10, 5:29PM EST0

Studio A at SUNY Oneonta with Fred Rigollaud for my upcoming album and this single was actually recorded there too! My SoundCloud tracks though are recorded at home. Eventually I want to record all my tracks in a full home studio!

Jan 12, 2:32PM EST0

will you make more Song for our coummity . and will you ever future more members of our commity in your videos or in the process of making ur videos ? Ian  <3 loves ya jess and squiggy too <3

Jan 10, 5:19PM EST0

That would be a dream come true to feature you guys in the videos. I have more songs that will focus on the LGBT community in the near future. I will not be a musician that lies about my sexuality in my videos. It's me and that's what you get. Love you guys always <3 :) Thanks for asking a question! xoxo

Jan 10, 5:32PM EST0

Yes! I will have a bunch. I will never hide who I am for anyone. Our community needs more musicians like me to make these kinds of music videos. And of course! Love you guys too! <3

Jan 12, 2:33PM EST0

How do you find people to work on music videos?

Jan 10, 5:19PM EST0

I ask around! My friends will know someone or I ask in facebook group pages! Not sure how people find a ton of people for music videos. I'm assuming a bunch of promoting and flyers.

Jan 12, 2:34PM EST0

Do you think of melodies or chords first when you write music? 

Jan 10, 5:17PM EST0

Melody first!

Jan 12, 2:34PM EST0

How long can the creative process take when you are writing music?

Jan 10, 5:11PM EST0

It can take up to 15 min - an hour! Depends!

Jan 12, 2:35PM EST0

Where would your favorite place to tour be outside of the untied states?

Jan 10, 5:10PM EST0

Oh gosh... maybe Spain.

Jan 12, 2:35PM EST0

So where does your inspiration come from to writre your great orignal music?

Jan 10, 5:09PM EST0

I get a lot of inspiration from Ani Difranco and reading poetry as well. It definitely helps when writing. I also get inspiration from other musicians and how they write. I was in a songwriting class in college where I listened to other people's styles and how they wrote. It's good to get inspired by other musicians that are also the complete opposite of you!

Jan 12, 2:41PM EST0

where do you find your drive for creating music from?

Jan 10, 5:09PM EST0

Not sure. I've always had a very high drive for it. Even when I was little, I was the shyest student but put me on a stage and I loved it haha. I think it's the adrenaline rush I get.

Jan 12, 2:42PM EST0

What was your work flow? Did you work on lyrics first or did you lay out the instrumentation / chords before?

Jan 10, 4:37PM EST0

I lay out the instrumentation that I have in my head first...then the chords. Then lyrics

Jan 12, 2:50PM EST0

What motivated you to write this song?

Jan 10, 4:14PM EST0

I had a short lived relationship with this girl who I really liked. I didn't know what I was feeling though. My whole life I pictured myself with a man but I felt something with her and wanted to give it a shot. Her culture didn't approve and her dad was extremely homophobic. It hurt that I could be a secret. But I knew it would hurt her to say anything and not say anything at the same time. I also was still struggling with accepting my sexuality. I dreamt of having my own children and a husband for so long (thanks Disney and Barbie and my religion and society in general) It was hard. After I broke it off with her, I felt odd. Like, if this could have worked without the obstacles, maybe I could fall in love with a woman. I didn't know I could until I met someone else after her that has changed my outlook completely. I can fall in love with a woman. In fact, I did. It feels more natural than ever. 

Jan 12, 2:54PM EST0
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