Janzen’s first single under Glassnote, “What I Do,” is out tomorrow (Nov. 20).
At her childhood home in Winnipeg, Canada, Taylor Janzen says that her record collection includes albums by Mumford & Sons, Phoenix and Ider. Now, the emerging indie singer-songwriter gets to call all those artists her label-mates.
Janzen has signed with Glassnote Records after a seven-month courtship, and is set to release her first single with the independent label, “What I Do,” tomorrow (Nov. 20). “I’m a huge fan of lots of bands on the label,” she says. “They’re artist-friendly and delightful to work with.”
Janzen, 20, released her debut EP Interpersonal last fall, an intimate glimpse into her religious upbringing and struggles with mental health. (Even before that, Paramore‘s Hayley Williams sung her praises on Twitter.) She then began work on her second EP, Shouting Matches, which was released in May.
Glassnote founder and president Daniel Glass says he met Janzen in April, when he visited the Brooklyn set of her music video for the title track. In it, Janzen appears coated in gold paint like a statue. “I was so impressed with her presence,” says Glass. “She’s dripping in gold, and we’re having an A&R discussion, and a philosophical discussion. It was a very personal conversation, and I told her a little bit about me.”
Janzen says that signing a label deal was always part of the plan. “I’ve always really been thinking in the back of my mind about what a label partner would look like for me,” she says. “[Glassnote is] so welcoming, and I truly do feel very supported while presenting the music that I’ve been working on.”
While Glass declined to comment on the specifics of the deal, he says that “it’s very artist-friendly.” “My contribution was trust and creative freedom, and I wanted her to know that whether it be the artwork, producers or mixers, she always wins,” he adds. “This is a career that, when you have somebody as focused and as authentic as her, you better make a fair deal.”
Janzen is managed by Element 1’s Chris Woltman and Daniel Rubin. And coincidentally, Glass gave Woltman one of his first jobs in the industry when he hired Woltman to work in regional promotion at SBK Records in 1989.
Janzen is now preparing new music with producer Joe Chiccarelli, known for his work with The White Stripes, Alanis Morissette, The Shins and The Strokes. She says that her upcoming single “What I Do” has a pop twist that some listeners may not expect. “The more recent songs I’ve been working on, I’ve been enjoying experimenting with different sounds, and I love this one as a representation of that,” she says.
Glass adds that SiriusXM has already signed on to support “What I Do” on its Alt Nation, The Pulse and Top 40 channels, and BBC Radio 1 will also play the track this week. And he recalls watching Janzen play the still-unreleased song at the Mirrors Festival in London earlier this month as a turning point in her rise as an artist.
“The room was much more crowded than anybody had anticipated, and you could hear a pin drop during every song,” he says. “Fans came up to her from Belgium, Holland, Germany, north of England, who had traveled quite a distance to see her. The way they looked at her, eyeball to eyeball, there was a real connection.”