By Erika Meyer
Last fall I discovered, and became fascinated by, the work of outsider artist Jan Terri. I wrote an article about her for Collapse Board, and shortly after I finished the article, Jan released a new video on YouTube. ‘Excuse My Christmas’ is already a hit, of course. Then Garrett Kelly of Seattle’s Hollow Earth Radio contacted me to say he had booked Jan to play MAGMA FEST March 31. This is Jan’s Seattle debut, and her first public performance in more than 10 years.
I decided to interview both Jan and Garrett about this exciting event.
You have not performed in 10 years, but now you are performing a special show in Seattle, Washington. How did that come about?
Jan: It’s kind of an underground thing with Garrett from Hollow Earth Radio in Seattle. They got a show called Get Down Goblin Radio. And he works at that one place … sub … Sub Pop? When he told me about that, I didn’t understand at first. I thought he was talking about some kind of soda pop. Sub Pop?
Anyway, he wanted me to come out last year, but I couldn’t do it. This year I said I’ll do it.
Any more upcoming plans for shows?
Jan: The only other show is somebody’s surprise birthday party in April. And that cable show should be coming out soon, too. [The Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show 'Hot Package' is scheduled to air in April.]
Your videos are very popular. There’s a new Christmas video that’s been up on YouTube for about two months, and it already has over 45,000 plays.
Jan: Yeah, what about it?
Do you have plans to do more videos for your upcoming album?
Jan: Yeah, but I’m not sure now when we’ll be filming.
You mentioned that someone was selling one of your CDs for $100 on the internet, and your fans say they want to buy your music from you directly. Do you have any plans to make more CDs or sell your music digitally?
Jan: Yeah, some people in Seattle are going to help me get the music out.
It’s great that you have such supportive fans!
Jan: Yes, it is.
Will you be performing songs from your new album?
Jan: Yes I am. A lot of songs off the new album, and just a few off the first two albums.
The new album is called The Wild One. What inspired that title?
Jan: Well, the song, the “Wild One” is a person that rides motorcycles and she’s kind of wild, but she’s always there to help people.
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