Meet Genna, a 25-year-old music lover from Chicago.
“I originally made my playlist for my daily commute on the ‘L’ to my first real job after college. I wanted a mix of calm and upbeat songs to start my day on the right foot and get me in a good state of mind. I initially thought it was private and then saw one day that it had amassed nearly 400 followers… I seriously thought it was a fluke, but it kept on getting bigger and more notorious from there!”
What is the soundtrack to your life?
Honestly, probably AM Commute. When I realized it was public and so many people were listening, I almost got a little self-conscious. It’s jam-packed with random songs that are really personal to me and it felt like I was baring my soul a bit. Nearly every song or driving CD (I’m old school) brings me back to a memory or chapter in my life and I think that’s my favorite thing about music. I love making playlists and CDs for friends and family filled with songs that instantly remind me of them because of past memories and shared experiences. It’s like a time machine that brings you right back to the person you were at that time, who you were with and what you were going through.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
I have a problem with saying every song is my favorite song, but I definitely have a few I detest. I’d have to say it’s a tossup between Party Rock Anthem and Cotton Eye Joe. And nearly anything by Pitbull.
What’s more important to you? Music; or lyrics? Why?
There’s something to be said about a song that gives you chills 15 seconds in – lyrics or not – but if I had to pick, I think I’d choose lyrics. They’ve gotten me through some of the toughest times and have explained feelings I haven’t been able to put into words. Plus, there’s nothing quite like belting out the lyrics to your favorite songs.
This is so tricky and I’m ridiculously indecisive (if you couldn’t tell by the wide range of genres on AM Commute), but I’d have to say Odesza, John Mayer or Maggie Rogers. I’m waiting for the day John and Maggie release a song! But I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention Ben Folds, The Who, The Clash, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, and Eminem. These are all artists I grew up with and have altered my perception of music today. Sorry! Just can’t pick one.
Who is an up and coming artist you think is going to blow up soon?
I’m a huge fan of anyone on Foreign Family Collective and think Kasbo is one of the most underrated artists out there right now. I saw him at Chop Shop, a small venue in Wicker Park, in April 2018 and less than a year later he was back in Chicago playing at House of Blues at a sold-out show. ford., Golden Features and Pluko are up there too.
If you had the chance to interview any artist, who would it be? (dead or alive)
Kurt Cobain. I think he’s fascinating and I’d love to learn what he was going through before he died.
Last concert you went to?
Dead & Co. at Wrigley Field followed by my friend swayboi’s DJ set in Logan Square. Like I said, I clearly don’t discriminate when it comes to music!