Girl geeks rule. Especially when, like the comic-book superheroines of your adolescent daydreams, they have secret identities. Mild-mannered Jeannette Claudine Romeu earned a degree in jazz piano performance from the University of Miami, and from there, her emotion-packed interpretations of the standards led to an endorsement from Steinway and collaborations with the world’s jazz greats.
By night, she becomes Galaxy Girl, a trance superstar who’s performed five times at Miami’s Ultra — the ground zero of electronic music fests this side of the Atlantic — and opened for the likes of Carlos Santana, Erykah Badu, and Ziggy Marley.
Galaxy Girl’s utility belt includes her trusty Korg Trinity, Novation K-Station (at right in top photo), and either a five-octave Access Virus KB (bottom keyboard, top photo) or three-octave Virus Indigo (top keyboard, bottom photo). As you can see, she’s also one of that tiny segment of the population that can make slinging a keytar (in this case a Roland AX-7) look good.
“I get great basses out of the K-Station,” she says. “I love my keyboard stacks — I trained as a pianist, so it’s great to always be able to reach for another sound to suit the musical moment. A lot of my gigs are DJing, though, and for those, I bring a Mac- Book Pro running Native Instruments Traktor, and another program I think is quite underrated called MixMeister.”
Jeannette is as passionate about nurturing the talents of young musicians as she is about her own playing. To that end, she’s established the Future of Music Foundation with help from Steinway and Sons. Her mentoring activities make her a real superhero, and you can learn more by visiting galaxygirlworld.com .