‘Juniper’s debut is precocious, but never precious. The Bubblegum crunch melodies are deftly balanced by her vocals, which are sunny, but never cloying. There’s a coltish grace to this album that hints at better things to come. This is just the beginning.’, writes CV Weekly.
Sweet Sweet Music spoke to Juniper. And we weren’t talking about her age, her dad or the incredible number of top musicians who helped her out.
As an artist, you chose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?
It is definitely not always comfortable to put your emotions out there, but it’s very rewarding. One of the biggest challenges for me in making the record was learning how to transfer my own feelings into that of the “character” that I am playing. I wanted to make sure that the record came from an honest place, but I also wanted to accurately portray the girl represented in the song, which took a lot of thought about my own emotions.
Any ideas about how to turn this one into a million-seller?
It would certainly be amazing to have the record be a million-seller. One great way to do that would be to be featured on a tv show or movie. However, I really did make this record with my dad for fun, and in that way, I feel that I have already gotten what I wanted from this record. I had a blast making it, and I believe that shines through when you listen.
What’s the gig you will always remember? And why?
We have actually only done one gig pre- COVID. It truly was an amazing experience. The gig took place at Monty Hall, in Jersey City, and everyone was so kind. It was December, so the holiday spirit was already in the air and I remember feeling very excited and electric. It’s not often that you get to do something for the first time, and I will always remember standing on the stage for the first time.
What was the moment you knew you were on to something?
Last summer we had a live recording session where we recorded a lot of the record. Something about playing the songs with a group of amazing people and collaborating with them really made the record click for me. The experience of playing with other people is so different from singing in the basement with my dad, and it really showed me what a good thing we had going.
Recording music. What’s all the fun about?
So much! For one thing, it’s fun to be able to work on something until you think it sounds right to you. When recording you have so many opportunities to try things and experiment which makes it very fun. Sometimes, recording is also a time to connect and play with other musicians, which is always fun.
Which 5 records would you bring with you for your stay on Mars?
This is such a good question! With the new age of Spotify I so rarely listen to full albums, so here are the five songs I would bring with me.
- “She Makes Me Laugh” The Monkees
- “Magic In The Hamptons” Social House
- “Cury Your Favor” Green
- “Tounge Tied” Grouplove
- “December 1963” The Four Seasons