12 QUESTIONS WITH JENN WASNER

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I’ve been obsessed with music my whole life, singing since birth, piano since age 8, guitar since 12 or 13, and any other instrument I can get my hands on, pending. For the last five-or-so years I’ve been recording and touring in a two-piece band called Wye Oak.

What inspired you to start playing?
My mom taught me my first three chords on her old Fender acoustic when I was about 12. Other than that I’m entirely self-taught. Something about the instrument clicked with me. I started writing songs around the same time I started learning the guitar.

What was your first electric guitar?
An all-black, seventies-era Fender Mustang that I still totally love. Odd story about that guitar in particular: although I bought it from a third party before we had ever met, turns out it used to belong to my good friends Chris and Mickey Freeland, two excellent Baltimore musicians and producers who helped to record Wye Oak’s last two albums

What are your top 5 favorite records?
I’m sorry, but I’ve always found this to be an absolutely impossible question.

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Hopefully yet to come?

How did you hear about Reverend?
Saw a friend playing a Jetstream at a show once and asked about it. Bought my first one on a whim to take on tour the next day. I bought a second one a few months later. They’ve been my absolute top choice ever since.

What Reverend guitar(s)/basses are you using?
I own two Jetstream HB’s.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
It’s sturdy and well made, easy to play, the pickups are loud, warm, and sound amazing. It’s affordable enough that I can take it on tour and kick the shit out of it, worry free.

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
I play through a Fender Twin, and my pedal setup is super basic: boss chorus and tremolo, boss dd-6 delay, a fulltone fulldrive coupled with an electro-harmonix lpb-1 boost for good natural tube overdrive, and that’s pretty much it.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
If I’m not eating, sleeping, or reading, I’m either playing music, writing music, or listening to music. Or wishing I was. I’m boring. Oh, I fucking love football. Wait–and driving. I’m usually the driver.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
If you’re okay with having music as a hobby and you have other skills in life that you can capitalize upon, for god’s sake do that. If, like me, you have no interest in any other life and no plan b whatsoever, give it
everything you have and best of luck to you.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about?
Wye Oak is on tour in the US and Europe pretty much straight through the rest of the year: doing Lollapalloza and some other great festivals, and supporting Explosions in the Sky, The National, and Yo La Tengo, among others. I’m also working on finishing my first record with my new solo project that I’m calling Flock of Dimes.