Janet Gardner revisits reasons why Vixen first split up and impact on her
Gardner was asked whether Vixen split up due to the change in musical landscape and the arrival of grunge to which she stated: “There were a lot of internal and external factors. Our label had a fight with our manager, and we got dropped from our label, so there was a lot of stuff like that going on. Of course, the change in the music landscape; we were trying to figure out what we wanted to do with our third album because we knew we needed to do something fresh, but still maintain our roots. There were a lot of different ideas floating around, and two people wanted to do this, and two people wanted to do that, and writing relationships were strained. It was a rough time, and I know other bands were feeling the same thing. When you get the external turmoil, it also causes some internal turmoil, no matter how tight you are, or how much you love what you’re doing; everybody’s got their own opinions on how to proceed. Eventually we just threw in the towel and said; “Let’s just take a break, let’s just split up”.”
In terms of how the break-up impacted Gardner, the singer stated: “… You’re on top of the world one minute, and the next you’re like; “What the hell just happened?!” It all happened fast, and that’s the way the music business goes; it has extreme highs, and extreme lows. But you have to roll with it, and you can’t base your self-esteem on your success of the moment. You have to say; “Hey, we’re the same band we were six months ago. Nothing has changed – we are no less than we were before”, which is very hard when all of a sudden the phones not ringing anymore, and people have moved on to other bands and other things. So it was a time to reflect on things, and obviously to get caught up on other things in life that had been neglected for the last few years. So that was nice. You try to look at the positives of it.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Gardner at eonmusic.
Vixen‘s “Edge Of A Broken Heart” video:
Music video by Vixen performing Edge Of A Broken Heart.