We had the good fortune of connecting with Janet Earth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Janet, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always been driven towards creative career options. When I started getting involved in local music, I was completing my degree in Journalism and covering the scene through articles and photography. It was an incredibly cool opportunity to be able to be involved with my local music scene from more of a 3rd party perspective; I loved being able to document shows and interview bands to find out more about how they started and what their passions were. Though I had been playing music since I was in middle school, I only decided a couple years ago that I’d pursue music full time, and discovered that it is my true passion. At that point I had made so many friends and networks within music that the opportunity was glaring me right in the face, I just had to take it. So I got a band together and started writing songs with the purpose of sharing them live, and I haven’t looked back since.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like I’ve had a very unique path to getting to where I’m at right now. It was definitely helpful to be introduced to the local music scene in Fort Collins through the lens of journalism, because I was able to view the scene as something I existed outside of. It often felt like I was able to witness the art being made and shared without an ego, just as a bystander. It wasn’t until a couple years after covering the scene that I finally decided to be a part of it, and it was an insane switch and privilege to be able to contribute my own music. Shortly after I played my first show, I decided to start a venue out of my garage, which also showed me a whole new side of the scene. It was incredible seeing friends being made in my backyard, having folks play their first show at my house, and really witnessing the love and respect that everyone had for each others’ selves and art. Though there are so many parts of music and being an active person in a music scene that are challenging, above all I learned not only about myself and what I want to achieve and contribute to the world by being a musician, but I was able to see the best sides of so many people, and really see how magical creativity and collaboration can be. And that’s something that I’m absolutely most excited for in the future: collaborating with other extremely talented people, and making something new that we can share with the world, and using art as a method to connect with others, and show our humanity. It’s easy to convince yourself that there is too much evil and hate in the world, which makes nothing really worth it, but when it comes to art, all I ever see is love and beauty, and it really makes me want to be a part of it and continue to spread that to others.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am always and forever grateful to everyone who has helped encourage me to live to my full creative potential. Of course my loving and supportive family deserves all the recognition in the world. But I really owe it all to my friends and other musicians in my community; shoutout to Larson for booking me my first couple shows, and The Red Scare for always being kind, talented, and open to collaboration. Shoutout to Yail, Hotel Wifi, The Sickly Hecks, Forestry, Rose Variety, Twin Riverz, Orca Welles, Crooked Rugs, Papergirl, Sunnnner, The Ragetones, Xavley, Lu, Joe and Kaiya at Hillcrest, Kate for helping me turn our garage into a venue, Eli and everyone at Dwight, and like a billion other people and bands for helping curate an incredibly amazing music scene that I’ve had the privilege of being a part of. Shoutout to my besties Nick and Michalla for continuing to believe in me despite my crazy aspirations. Shoutout to Plaid Dog Recording for putting their faith in me and my first ever EP. and shoutout to everyone who has ever listened to my music, attended one of my shows, or even just given me a “good set bro” even though they were smoking cigs on the patio throughout the whole thing (no sarcasm). Everyone I’ve mentioned (and surely many people who have slipped my mind) have all given me the spirit and encouragement I needed to really launch my music into the arms of the world, and for that I am always and forever grateful.
Photo 1 and 2 by Monty Daniel.