I am a 23-year-old Rock pianist, songwriter, producer and singer. My genre is known to be "unknown, eclectic, and Classic Rock influenced." My theatric rock style and Evanescence-like voice & dark fashion sense catch the eyes of many. One well-known composer from Denmark, Mark Wind, said: “She has a unique blend of different genres that work so incredibly well, I could pick her out of thousands of artists and that is a wonderful accomplishment."
Starting at two years old, I would play the piano learning just by ear. My grandfather plays by ear tremendously, and my great grandfather played the piano for silent films. I started singing at age 6, songwriting at age 10 and recording at age 11. In middle school and high school, I sold two albums for charity putting half of the funds to the Child Advocacy Center & Show Hope, (orphanage in China) My Inspirations: Queen, ELO, Ani Difranco, Lady GaGa, David Bowie, Alanis Morissette, Elton John, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, The Beatles, and many more.
I have interned at SubCat Studios (Summer 2015) where I managed their social media accounts, set up for live studio sessions, and edited tracks. Summer of 2016, I became venue manager of Funk N Waffles during the summer in Syracuse. My last year of college, I became President of the Songwriter's Club on campus hosting open mics on/off campus, creating songwriting workshops, etc. and finished recording my album, "Surreality." Spring 2017, I got my BA in Music Industry and Audio Production at SUNY Oneonta. My single "Someone Else" off of the upcoming album "Surreality" is available on YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, etc.
Jenn DeSantis specializes in:
- Social Media Promotion
- Audio Production
Our readers would love to get to know you more Jenn. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you, your brand or the services you offer?
What is unique about me is that I don't follow the industry rules of "what is popular." My music has been known as an unknown genre, eclectic, very passionate, and unusual in melody. It's Rock with theatrical, funk, and classical elements. Ever since I was little, I had it in my head to never create a "too basic" melody line. But, I never make it too complex that it's not considered catchy. Lyric wise, you can compare me to Ani Difranco or Alanis. There's a lot of passion behind my words, and every song tells a very detailed story. My fashion sense is dark, gothic, with a little bit of funk! I think that's exactly what my music is like. It brings a different flavor to what is considered "catchy." I am a self-employed session musician, songwriter, and performer that never fails to make an audience want more. I'm proud of that.
Jenn, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as an Influencer?
I would love to be a touring musician and impact as many people as possible with my lyrics. I want more people to tell me they cry after hearing "Someone Else" because it shows me that I am doing something impactful here. I'm getting to the core of these lovely people, and I am raising them up. I started as an influencer when I was asked to promote ItWorks green products. From there, I got other companies wanting me to promote their jewelry, hair product, etc.
Who is your inspiration in life Jenn? How do you stay inspired as Influencer?
That is a hard question! My inspiration recently is Lady GaGa. In fact, when you look at her history with music, she is a lot like me. Started playing the piano by ear and had to lug her keyboard around different venues. She has this theatric, edgy way about her too. She doesn't care if she is outrageous sometimes. She is passionate about her music, and she shows her true self in every form.
We all make mistakes Jenn; we wish we could take back. What was the mistake you made in the past that you wish you can take back?
A mistake I could take back would be when I never stood up for myself at school. I let bullies attack me all the time and never was strong enough to stand up for myself. High school as a senior was not the best for me. It was honestly hell. Always speak up for yourself because you can never rely on others do it for you.
Jenn, How do you describe yourself regarding working with clients?
I am a great leader. I listen to my clients very well. I always give honest feedback too about their work. I am friendly and personable. Hence, if something serious comes up for them, I completely understand. I get things done on time, and I am consistent.
Please tell us, Jenn, how do you prioritise work, social life, friends, and family?
Not going to lie, it can get difficult. If I find myself wrapped up in work, I now notice. I know when to prioritize work. I like to get up early and do my work so I can have time for friends and family. Balance is key!
Jenn, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
A client sent me one of his works. The way he sang was not matching up to the rhythm of the melody. I told him what he needed to work on. I sent him a recording of me singing it on rhythm. I said "practice singing it this way with metronome or drum machine. Remove the metronome slowly & remember syllables are so important in music. Make sure they syllables align with the rhythm. Feel the rhythm, get confident with it!" So he did. He became so much better.
Jenn, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as an Influencer.
Being an ItWorks influencer made me proud because it's standing up for something I believe in, taking care of your body! I love their products, and my fans were asking me questions about it. It made me feel good to promote a product I was passionate about. I am all about trying to stay healthy.
Jenn, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
I am always creative with my work! I think that's why I love being a musician so much. I have this song called "The What Ifs" that is in 5/4 and 3/4 time signatures. I wanted to get funky with it. The different, funky time signatures playing back and forth signify the jumping thoughts in my brain. Rage to hope back to rage. This new song I wrote is about a breakup and still holding hope for the other person to come back one day, but also being too crushed to think about the hope when he/she is already with another person. My mind was racing from hopeful to hopeless again and again. It was "messy", so this song shows my frustration for sure. Sometimes, the chords are so complex; it is hard for my fingers to go where they need to! Lol, I have small fingers. You'd be surprised.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as an Influencer?*
Keep being awesome. Keep posting. Keep being you but emphasizing what you are all about. Do your thing! As long as you are passionate and putting yourself out there, opportunities will come to you. I promise. Maybe not quickly, but the more hard work you accomplish, the more success you will receive.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Absolutely. I am looking to collaborate with fashion brands, creatives, talents, fashion models, promoting products, etc. You name it.
Now for the best part Jenn! Please upload 5-10 photos so we can get to see your work.
Photographer for Cover Photo 1, 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9: Jenn DeSantis
Photographer for Photo 10: Bill Evans AIMLESS PHOTOGRAPHY
Cover Photo 2, 3, 5: Cameron Uilleam