We had the good fortune of connecting with Una Jensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Una, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
My end goal, as a songwriter and producer is to be able to make a living off of my art. To be known for my quality work by, not the general public, by the people in the industry that i look up to. Not to be “Famous” or a household name… But to be the name brought up in conversation among industry professionals talking about how to take an artists sound to the next level. It’s extremely important for me to have recognition among my peers. To create with artists who have an audience. To have the music i write and produce to be heard. And obviously, i want a good solid amount of money, haha.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a female producer and engineer has been a blessing and a curse. A blessing: because, although the numbers of female producers and engineers have been steadily rising in the industry throughout the past 20 years, it’s still intriguing to a lot of people. I’m more often than not the first female producer most of my clients have worked with (hopefully not the last, might i add). This can actually bring in more work without having people actually listen to my work. Meaning, i can get gigs just because it’s interesting that i’m a female producer. Which brings me to why it’s also- A curse: because, damn- i’m good at what i do and i would love to be chosen for a project because of that and not because it’s a selling point that me- a woman- can fully operate protools, program drums, and properly mic someone/something. It’s frustrating. Besides being a “female”(yawn) producer, I’d say that my sound sets me apart. I grew up with a father in eastcoast hardcore music. By 2 years old i was going to his small town sold out shows. He introduced me to metal bands and had me sit in on sessions he ran with some pretty big names in that scene. As a pop and r&b writer/producer, i’d say it’s not extremely unique to transition from metal/rock music. But I like to think my sound has evolved and will continue to evolve with every song i’ve written and produced. Incorporating breakdowns, and guitar riffs that sound like they should be in a Deftones, Faith No More, or Periphery album- into a song that otherwise sounds like the next Ariana cut, is just so goddamn fun.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oof! If my bestie was in town pre pandemic, i’d 1000000% have to take them to my favorite place: The Getty Museum, i’d bring them to “School Night” at bardot, I’d have to take them to malibu beach, obviously disney and universal… I think i’d have to give them the full experience at my studio in Granada Hills. Maybe write and produce a track if they aren’t too shy. Food wise, there are just soooo many places!!! Salsa and Beer, Firebirds Chicken, Oi Asian Fusion, Cactus Taqueria, Hurry Curry, Emles, Belgian Waffle Haus, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, The Odyssey, Summer Buffalo… Yeah, there’s just too many to name.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my friends and family. The people who have supported me throughout my life. The ones who came to shows, clicked links, streamed my music, showed their friends. The people who raised me, bailed me out at 18 when i couldnt afford rent, the people who love me whether my next release is a hit or not. i owe everything i am and will ever be to those beautiful people.
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