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NEWS: Fresh Jenn Vix single "PTSD" – music with a mindful mission

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26 October 2021

Jenn Vix – Photo Credit: JFIVENINE Media

No stranger to us here, it’s been some time since we’ve featured Jenn Vix. Based in Rhode Island, she is gearing up to release her new single. It’s no coincidence that it’s titled ‘PTSD’. A very personal track, it’s bound to resonate with the many folks who have experienced this psychological condition, offering a glimpse into her own personal experience while drawing attention to a critical issue affecting millions in the U.S. alone.

At the same time, she is using her talents for the greater good, noting, “I’ve placed links to resources for help; both national and international, under the official music video. I’ve received a lot help over the years from NAMI, so I’ve also placed a link to their official donation site. I donate to them and I encourage anyone in the US who can donate to them, please help. It is tax deductible, and every donation counts. Thank you.”

Jenn Vix is not only an ultra-talented artist – she’s a survivor. While her professional career reads like something of a ‘Who’s Who in Music’, her life story underlines her notable perseverance, drive and commitment to music. It’s always great to hear new music from Vix, who is noted for her unique timbre, striking vocals, clever lyrics and remarkable stage presence.

Having worked with many of the top names on the music scene during her music career, this time around Vix worked with Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Chris Gehringer (Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Lady Gaga, Twenty One Pilots, St. Vincent). French beat producer Mister Lazy also played a role in bringing her deep and pointed music into new territory with the trap beats he programmed.

Somewhat recently, Jenn Vix collaborated with John Ashton of Psychedelic Furs, having worked with not one, but two members of The Cure – Reeves Gabrels and Andy Anderson, as well as Marco Pirroni (Adam Ant, Rema Rema, The Models, Sinead O’Connor), Rodney Anonymous (The Dead Milkmen), Danny Chavis (The Veldt) and Dirk Ivens (Absolute Body Control, The Klinik and Dive).

Vix explains: “This new track was primarily written about my experience of being diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and what it is like to live with it. I’ve survived SA, homelessness, DV, attempted homicide, and two near fatal illnesses. Though I’ve written about what I’ve gone through, this song is for everyone who has experienced or is experiencing trauma. I deeply empathize with anyone dealing with it. During this pandemic, so many people have experienced intense heartbreak, loss, and other deeply traumatic experiences. I lost two of my friends, and I know many who have lost loved ones, friends, family members, co-workers, and people they saw in their daily lives; before the lockdowns happened.”

Vix got her musical start through exposure to the music scenes in Providence, RI and New York City. While her first experience as a vocalist came with 1980s one-off band Disco Donut (with Adam Horovitz of The Beastie Boys and singer-songwriter Nicole Willis), a decade would pass before Vix started to make a name for herself nationally, having charted on CMJ multiple times and with early press coverage including Rolling Stone (who have her eponymous LP a 3.5 star rating), among other leading publications.

Not one for keeping idle, Vix has not let a lockdown-laden 2020 get her down – honing her craft as a drummer, vocalist and songwriter for Boston-based post-punk / electronic rock duo Feeney Vix.

On November 5, ‘PTSD’ will be online everywhere with proceeds going to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), who provide critical mental health resources and support to millions of American residents.

CREDITS
Written and recorded by Jenn Vix in Newport, RI
Guitar by Feeney
Exclusive beat and production by Mister Lazy of Beats4Rap.com in France
Mastered by Chris Gehringer
Catalogue number UMBV1L1
Photo by JFIVENINE Media

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Many of our new readers may be unfamiliar with Jenn Vix’s notable pedigree, so do have a taste of her collaboration with John Ashton, Reeves Gabrels and Andy Anderson, respectively:

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