By Mark Aldrich and Meghan Jenkins
Panda’s Dance Party, Meghan Jenkins’ debut album, is now available to purchase, download, and stream on every music platform. A collection of sixteen EDM tracks, the album visits many styles, from techno, trance, 2-step, electro and beyond in its thirty-plus minutes.
Music has always been a part of what Meghan Jenkins brings to her projects. She sings on her shows and received some training in drumming and piano, so an album debut in any style is not a surprise to her fans.
It’s a party album, and true to that concept, anyone who listens to it will look for a party at which they can put this on the sound system. The value in the collection is in how I (Mark) respond to it; because this is an entire world of music that I know very little about and pay attention to less, my first reaction to Meghan dropping this album this week was limited to, “I’ll listen to it because she’s my friend and collaborator.” I’m happy to report that I love this album, from its more meditative tracks (“Nah”) to its anthemic workouts (“Some People Are Bad Influences.”)
My interview with Meghan Jenkins below:
Mark: Have you written music before? Is this your first album?
Meghan: This is my first album, but I have written music before. Music has always been my first love. I was into the drums, took piano lessons as a kid and did well at that; I wanted to be a singer, like Celine Dion. Or Adele …
Mark: Are you already thinking of doing another album?
Meghan: Yes. It was hard to stop myself from making the second one the same night I finished the first. It’s addicting. Even though I’m not singing on it, it gives me the same adrenaline rush as singing does. It’s louder, hits harder … thinking of being able to make a room full of people dance excites the hell out of me.
It took me around 8 hours to make the entire album. Once I got started I didn’t stop, and then suddenly I was done. Like I said, addicting. Lol.
Mark: What is it about this style (EDM) that attracted you to the idea of doing a full half-hour of tracks of EDM? Is this what you listen to?
Meghan: I have always been into dance music. All music, really. Anything with a beat, when they drop it down low or drop off completely … Oooo, I love it. Surprises in songs are the best.
Mark: What is the relationship between the titles and the tracks? Any?
Meghan: Anytime I do any kind of art (I paint as well) I kinda zone out into this trance-like space. Things just come to me and I have been doing all this kind of stuff for so long I just trust the voice inside and go with it. If it feels wrong it’s gone, no debating. Start fresh.
Mark: With so many projects active right now (you’re an actor, comedy improv performer, writer, talk show guest, model, set designer, social media influencer, book author … by my count), how does this project fit in? Is this music destined to be a soundtrack for your show or Pizza Alien movie, or is it something else? Live dance club with you and/or Panda as DJ?
Meghan: Oh I would LOVE to go on tour with DJ Panda. I’m pretty good with scheduling my time, so there’s def room for that. I love being in entertainment because of the possibilities it brings. Any chance to create something that can reach someone in a positive way is the biggest motivator in the world.
Mark Aldrich is a journalist, award-winning newspaper columnist, and writer/performer with the Magnificent Glass Pelican radio comedy improv group, now in its thirtieth season. His website is TheGadAboutTown.com.
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Meghan Jenkins is an actor, comedian, radio personality, model, brand ambassador for Pineapple Clothing, and author of the forthcoming book, The Adventures of Pizza Alien.
A social media influencer, in the spring of 2020 her photos of life in quarantine led to an invitation from Maxim magazine to participate in a cover model contest for which readers could submit votes. Her grassroots campaign against professional models brought her to a third-place finish.
She is currently the host of the live comedy improv show The The Ding Wrong Show, recorded on Zoom and seen on YouTube:
She is a cast member of the upcoming The End of the World Podcast with Derek Erik:
In 2018-’19, she was one of the on-air personalities on The Ding Dong Show, recorded each week live with an audience at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, California.
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