“People just want to see me having a good time and I want to have a good time and just rock it. And it works, it just works,” said Jennifer “Spags” Spingola, electric violinist.
Spags knows just how to work it in an element that most musicians never get to experience, along with a DJ to popular songs.
And she says it’s still a new concept to her.
“I always had to have everything polished and I was always a perfectionist and never wanted to play anything if it wasn’t rehearsed a million times,” said Spags.
But in the live club scene, rehearsing isn’t an option.
She improvises all of her performances by listening to the music and feeling the mood of the crowd.
“I learned you just need to play some notes and you’ll figure out what works in 5 seconds and then just rock it.”
Playing solo hasn’t been something Spags has always done.
It started about a year ago when she was playing for a San Diego Dave Matthews Tribute Band. She had been with the band for a couple years and was starting to feel like she could do more with her career.
One night, her decision became a bit easier. Her violin was stolen at one of the shows. She says she hit “rock bottom” because she was broke and had lost her main source of income—her violin.
Two months later, her mentality changed.
“Something clicked in me and I said ‘I have to get back on my feet and I can’t keep depending on people for gigs,’” said Spags.
After, events kept turning up for her from clubs to corporate events. Today, she plays all over the world but the majority of her gigs are still her in San Diego.
“The people here have embraced what I do. I’m doing what I know how to do and I’m just happy people like it.”
Spags is currently recording her own music. She hopes to one day have her own show featuring her music and dancers.
For more information, check out her website.