Susannah B got carried away by acting and music due to the fact she grew up in an artistic environment. Nowadays, she’s promoting her new album called ‘Far More’, which I reviewed last month. Well, this interview not only provides information about her latest project. Beyond that, she expands on her beginnings and her identity as a singer/songwriter. Happy reading!
1 – Hey Susannah, thanks for taking time out to have a chat with us. What have you been up to in the first days of 2018?
Well, first I was on vacation with family & friends in Hawaii for New Year’s Eve & the first week of January — and that was just amazing, such a blessing. I felt incredibly lucky to be able to go there. My husband and son and I brought our godson and my son’s friend, and then we met up with some beloved friends who we don’t get to see too often. We were a group of 10 and we had a really relaxing, fun time in a beautiful setting. My favorite thing to do on vacation is playing tennis in the morning (I LOVE tennis!), then spend the rest of the day by the pool and the ocean, reading books on my Kindle and sipping on a Pina Colada. One day, everyone in our group went zip-lining while I spent the whole day alone just listening to music on my headphones and reading over my journal from 2017. It was so luxurious. I swam and lay around (always in the shade of an umbrella, I do not tan!) and thought a lot about what I want to create going forward in the new year. I’m really feeling excited about 2018.
Since I got back from vacation, I’ve been working to promote my EP “Far More” — doing some interviews and live podcasts on Facebook — as well as talking with a DJ about doing remixes of some of the songs on the album, which is a vision I’ve had from the start of the project two years ago. I’m also producing a new project with my husband. We’re planning a series of house concerts for charitable causes — I’ll be singing jazz with my amazing 4-piece band and my husband will cook and we’ll invite people to eat delicious food and sit in our living room and be surrounded by live music. In return, they’ll make a donation to a chosen charity. At the end of each evening concert, we hope to raise a few thousand dollars for a homeless shelter or a foster youth support organization or an environmental group. There are so many people who need our help in this city, in this country, and at this point in my life, I don’t feel the need to ask my friends to come out and hear me play at a club just for my ego. I want my musical talents to be used for a larger cause, to benefit others. And this house concert idea is the first step in my promotion of myself as the entertainment act for larger charity benefits and fundraisers. Do you have a charitable cause you want to raise money for? Do you need entertainment? I’ll pay my band, donate my musical services and come sing!
2 – What made you take a decision to get into the music scene?
I didn’t really choose it at first, it kind of chose me. I grew up in a very musical household, my mother Carol Hall had a recording deal with Elektra Records in the ’70’s, she toured with Don McLean and Kris Kristofferson, then she wrote songs for “Sesame Street”, “Free to Be You & Me”, and she wrote the score for the long-running Broadway hit “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” which was later made into a movie. She had a lot of success during my childhood, so I never even considered being a songwriter, I felt like music was her thing, not mine. I didn’t even sing for almost a decade after high school. I just wanted to be an actress. I was totally focused on acting from a very young age, I actually started performing off-off-Broadway when I was in seventh grade. But later, in my 20’s, I started hearing these melodies in my head late at night, and lyrics started pouring out…and it became something I couldn’t ignore. I began writing songs and recording them, and then I was on a musical path.
3 – How do you combine music with your acting career?
I haven’t really combined it yet as much as I’d like to. I have a project I’m working on now that I hope will allow me the chance to combine the two. I haven’t done a lot of musical theatre, but I’ve done cabaret where I’m “acting” certain songs, that comes pretty naturally to me. But I also like singing for the technical challenge of it, more like a jazz singer. I’ve actually combined music with my screenwriting more often — I wrote a script once that had a teen pop star character in it, so I wrote some songs for her. I also wrote the opening title song for the film I co-wrote called “Bellyfruit”. I worked on that with Stephen Bray, who wrote some gigantic hits with Madonna and also the Broadway musical “The Color Purple”. It was really fantastic to work with him because Stephen is not only an incredibly nice guy but someone I admire so much… it gave me confidence that he thought I was good enough to collaborate with.
4 – What makes your 5-track album ‘Far More’ so special?
For me, it’s special because it’s a bolder musical statement than I think I’ve made before. It’s less eclectic than my earlier albums, much more “all-one-vibe”. I love listening to music in the car (I live in L.A. after all) and one of my favorite stations is Sirius XM’s “Chill”, which is electronic, but not in a BPM kind of way, more relaxed and mellow. So I decided to do a whole collection of songs with that vibe.
I also think the album could be special for listeners because it was created to be uplifting and positive and even somewhat spiritual. Some people find it “soothing”, while others have said the grooves make them want to listen to it while doing Pilates or Kundalini yoga. So relaxing & energizing at the same time, which is cool. I like to think of myself as “Oprah-friendly”. I want to consciously offer up a positive, hopeful message. It seems to me that at this time in our evolution, with the world so chaotic and divided, so filled with violence and fear…we need music more than ever to help heal us. And these songs were written (or the covers were chosen) to remind us to accept where we are right now and to inspire us to be grateful.
5 – Tell us about your creative process and how the songs came together.
Well, it all came pretty effortlessly and magically. I was at a workshop with an old friend of mine named Paul Selig, who’s a world-renowned author, psychic and spiritual channeler. And he said some simple, but potent wisdom that just stuck in my brain and sprouted into songs. Then I made some really simple Garage Band versions of the songs, using loops and singing different instrumental parts or harmonies… then I took those to my longtime collaborator/bandmate/co- producer John Ballinger and we started working on them together. He’s got a home studio and we work in blocks of 3 or 4 hours because I’m a mom and I still have to drive my son around and school’s out at 2:30 PM… so we work pretty efficiently and quickly. And I adore being in the studio, recording tracks. I love percussion, I hear bass lines a lot. I don’t play anything really, John plays EVERYTHING, but I contribute by singing (“I play the voice”) and the studio is one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon. As a kid, my mom took me and my brother with her to work, so I took lots of naps on leather couches in recording studios. I love how comfy and private and sealed off from the world it feels. Like a musical cocoon.
6 – Are you planning to release a music video?
Yes! I have a video for the song “I Am Here” that will be released soon. It was made this past summer on location in Italy when I was traveling with my family (we prioritize travel over everything!) and it was shot by my stepmother Sharon Schuster, who’s an amazing photographer/video director. Her sister Arlene Schuster-Goss (a casting director in L.A.) became our producer and my stepsister Rachel Waldman who works at Vogue was my stylist. It was so fun. The four of us made it in one day — a very, very hot day — and we had a total blast! It was a really sisterly day, they were all cheering me on, and I felt very supported.
I also made a video for “Far More” last year that we’re still editing. It was a 2-day shoot and has a large cast, so it’s taking a bit longer to sort out. But we shot it at my house in Silver Lake in L.A. and I gathered a great group around me and we had a really good time and ate fresh tacos to celebrate at the end. I absolutely love creative collaboration. It’s my favorite kind of party.
7 – Who were your musical influences which have inspired you all your life?
Wow… there are SO many. This is gonna be a long answer, but it’s such a fun question to ponder, for any of us to ask ourselves, ”Whose music has moved me the most? Cheered me up? Made me want to get up and dance, or sing along at the top of my lungs in the car?” Which songs healed your heartbreak? Or made you want to fall in love again? If you ever feel blank trying to think of something you’re grateful for, just start making a list of all the music you’ve ever enjoyed in your life. There’s so much to appreciate! To me, that’s a great way to notice what I call The Divine Spirit. I consider music to be part of the Divine Presence of God — a healing energy uniquely expressed by artists all over the globe since the beginning of time. Music is infinite and eternal…and for me, it’s a combination of beauty and magic.
So back to my musical influences…well, certainly my mother, whose songs I listened to over and over, for years. She always played for everyone after a dinner party at our house, or at other peoples’ houses, at family gatherings, …so I watched her sit at the piano and play her songs probably hundreds of times. And I was raised on movie musicals from the ’30’s and ’40’s so I know lots of Irving Berlin songs. My favorite singers are Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, & Bonnie Raitt. I’ve memorized the scores of Broadway shows like “A Chorus Line”, “Pippin”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Spring Awakening”, “Next to Normal” and of course, “Hamilton”. I’ve listened nonstop to The Beatles. The first album I ever owned was Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life”. He was a huge musical influence — pop but a little jazzy too, chord-wise. I was blown away by Prince — especially his first album “Dirty Mind” because he made the entire thing himself, playing every instrument, which, at the time, was completely radical. I love Carole King, Al Green, Billy Joel, Madonna, The Police, Beastie Boys, Talking Heads, Beck… I’m also obsessed with those one-hit-wonder soul-funk-disco dance tunes from the ’70’s like K.C. & the Sunshine Band and Betty Wright. I used to DJ, playing all that stuff. And then Alanis Morrisette had a huge impact on me because her writing was so personal, almost like straight from her journals, and her singing is so amazing. I really admire offbeat artists who do their own unique thing, like India Arie, Aimee Mann, or Ben Harper. People who don’t sound like other people. That’s kinda how I am, too, I think…a little hard to categorize. After all, I’ve been called “chameleonic”! 😉
And yet, at heart, I’m very mainstream. I basically worship at the altar of pop music. I love the idea that I can hear a brand new song on the radio that I’ve never heard before and in less than two minutes, I’m singing along with the chorus. To me, that’s total musical success, writing a hooky pop song that gets people singing along. I almost always write songs by starting with a title (hook). I love that. So of course, I’m totally into classics like Earth, Wind, & Fire, and also Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift. I love Coldplay and Haim. And in the car, I listen to electronic music a lot. Oh my god, this is crazy, I could just go on & on! Okay, I’ll stop now.
8 – How would you describe your sound?
Soulful, soothing, spiritual groove. Meditative chill electronica. Sade + Madonna’s “Ray of Light” album, produced by Peter Gabriel. I wish I had a more “now” reference. You tell me!
9 – What has been your top career highlight so far?
Well, performing an autobiographical one-woman musical I wrote a few years ago called “Daughter Of…” was really empowering and important. But I’d say the top highlight might be singing in the orchestra pit of a Broadway musical written by my mother (“The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public”) while leggy chorus girls tap-danced above my head and the sound guy pushed their mics down and my mic up. This gig also included making the Broadway cast album recording, which was produced by Peter Matz who worked with Streisand. And I was dressed by Bob Mackie in a sequined outfit for a pre-show, faux-Vegas lounge act that I performed in the lobby of the Lunt-Fontanne theatre with my fellow pit singer Ryan Perry. I sang Frank Sinatra songs and created a character called Penny Nichols. Get it? Vegas lounge act, Penny…nickels. That was really fun, being on Broadway…and it made my voice a lot stronger.
10 – Finally, any shout outs or anything else you would like to add?
Thank you so much for being interested in my work & asking such good questions. Thanks for anyone who’s taken the time to read this far! Be grateful for music, enjoy music, use music to soothe your soul. And check out my music on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud…or find me on Instagram . I’d love to hear what you think.
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CDJ Discusses Music Career And His Newest Song “Mama” In Interview
With a career that’s spanned the best part of a decade, CDJ aka “The Godfather” is widely recognized for his smooth swag, making full use of his storytelling abilities. In this new interview, he talks about his career and the new single, “Mama”. Recently, he’s focused to put social consciousness at the forefront through music. Learn more below.
1 – Were you always a natural singer or did you get trained?
I’ve always loved performing in front of a crowd from a very young age. Back then I enjoyed imitating different rappers and singers that were quite trendy, you know the likes of Prince, KRS, etc. It’s something that came naturally to me, however when I decided to become a full-time artist I took some coaching to polish my skills because I felt that there were some aspects that were still raw.
2 – Why people call you “The Godfather”?
The moniker was given to me by one of my fellow musicians after a gig. He’s like, “why do you always act like you’re the godfather”. I think he meant my mannerism and how I deal with my band members. Whether it’s true or not I can’t say, but nevertheless, the name has stuck.
3 – As an artist, have you achieved financial security in the music industry?
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to achieve financial security. There was a time when I was pretty close to reaching that goal, but at the moment with this pandemic, it is almost impossible for artists to have some kind of economic stability. I hope things get better soon as we are all finding it difficult to make ends meet.
4 – What is the most rewarding thing about your career?
Working with people from different walks of life, especially the creative exchange with people of different backgrounds. You never stop learning from others, it’s about feelings and emotions put in the right perspective, plus having the chance to send a positive message and to accept all living entities on this planet with all the different value systems at hand. I get a chance to raise my voice against injustice, discrimination, and all those stifling isms, last but not least, the overwhelming love and support from my fans.
5 – Who inspired you to become CDJ?
Revolutionary individuals like Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley, or Allende were inspiring. Critical minds that stood and made themselves count in a society full of inequity. Musically, a childhood friend who could play different instruments with ease – I looked up to him. My parents were not in the entertainment business, nevertheless, they inspired me subconsciously by introducing me to great music of the flower power generation; jazz of the highest quality; sweet soul, and David Bowie.
6 – Is your music influenced by contemporary trends or is it something else?
My music is shaped by modern trends in the music scene and our society in general. It is also influenced by modern trends in electronic, hip-hop, and house, at the same time the mind-set of the musicians in the ’60s has left a mark. Sometimes, I feel I’m guided by some abstract fountain of energy.
7 – What keeps you motivated when it comes to writing lyrics?
Lyrics are something like my mouthpiece, they give me a chance to reach an incredible number of people. My environment, my surrounding, and the people I interact with on a day-to-day basis also fire me up. Fact of the matter is that as an artist you have lyrics on your mind 24/7, it comes naturally without giving it much thought. I simply observe what’s happening around me, this kick starts a process of lyrical exploration.
8 – Why people must listen to your new single, “Mama”?
To reflect on the present situation in the world, this is something we just forgot to do too often. It’s about the changes we are going through and how we interact with ourselves and nature.
“Mama” talks about the need to respect our ecosystem, in other words, all that has been presented to us by the universe. The slow destruction of our planet is at the heart of the song and the dawn of the era of the Anthropocene.
9 – Who is this song dedicated to?
It is dedicated to “Mama,” meaning Mother Nature, which is actually where it all starts. If you like, some kind of a reminder that we have been given all we need, but we still haven’t learned how to allocate our resources, instead we have created an imbalance on the planet. “Mama” is also about the mothers of the world including mine, those who give life and illuminate the world.
10 – What’s next for CDJ in the next months?
We have an album in the pipeline with the working title ‘The Source’, so we need to put the final touches on that. I’ll release a track or two on my various platforms to keep my fans engaged.
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Exclusive Interview: Maybon On His New Track “Joyride” And Music Production
I had the pleasure to interview Norwegian electronic artist and producer Maybon about his radio-friendly Dance-Pop number “Joyride,” which is a collaborative effort with Rainage and Skylike. This new track provides a surging dose of ear-worm inducing, feel-good vibes in mere seconds. In addition, he opens up about his music production preferences and more. Continue reading below.
1 – When you started producing music?
I was so young the first time I played around with production. I think the very first time I opened some music production software, I was maybe around 10 years old. I didn’t understand much, but I managed to create some simple melodies. It was not until later when I was 14-15 years old, that I started more seriously with music production.
2 – What different emotions evoke your new single “Joyride”?
“Joyride” is a song that gives me a feeling of happiness and it takes me back to good memories during the summer. This is really nice as we enter these darker and colder times here in Norway.
3 – What did you learn from this collaboration with Rainage and Skylike?
I learned a lot about their workflow, as well as the techniques they use when they’re working. Like how to create different patterns and rhythms on the guitar, from the initial chord progression.
4 – Is there a message behind the lyrics of “Joyride”?
The message in the lyrics is to think back to better days when you are feeling down.
5 – Where was this new song recorded?
The song was written at our school (Limpi) in Lillehammer and was later recorded properly at Need Music in Oslo.
6 – Do you have any favorite set of equipment, tools or software in the studio?
This switches once in a while, but right now I’m really enjoying Roli’s Seaboard. This is a keyboard that is unlike no other, and you can get unique music progressions right away. It works flawlessly with Logic Pro X, and other plugins like Pigments, Equator, and more. Also, I have my trustworthy Roland JU-06, to give me those smooth and warm synth patches.
7 – What’s the process you go through finding the perfect sound?
For me, it’s always a lot of tweaking, but I also believe that if you end up tweaking for too long, the foundation is not good enough. So to me, it’s about knowing when to change the melody or idea, and when to settle with the sound that you have made.
8 – What’s an unexpected collaboration you dream of? Why?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Calvin Harris lately, and seeing the way he manages to switch between styles and still making bangers is really inspiring to me. A session with him would be CRAZY!
9 – How do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
During the next 10 years, I hope to see myself as a well-established producer with a nice studio, and a vast range of songwriters to work with.
10 – What makes you want to keep producing music?
The endless inspiration from the endless opportunities! A lot of songs look alike these days, but you can really dig deep and create something new by experimenting without boundaries.
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Meet Nathan Daniels, A Brilliant Musician In The Balearic Islands — Interview
Nathan Daniels is a brilliant composer, producer, and musician based in the Balearic Islands. The new single “I Choose” walks a fine line between modern RnB and Soul with Pop nuances. In this exclusive interview, you will discover the way this South African artist works and essential information about his instantly-catchy anthem that recently topped the UK iTunes R&B Charts. Happy reading!
1 – For newcomers, how would you best describe your sound?
I offer feel-good-music with influences of Soul, R&B, Motown, Funk, Sophisticated Pop, and Jazz.
2 – What do you think motivated you to write a song like “I Choose”?
I came to realise that not only is there more gratification in giving than receiving, but even if you do decide to do the right thing, it does not exempt you from life’s challenges. I think that these challenges are designed to help you become a better you.
3 – How would you interpret the story behind the music video?
The music video aims to speak about the obstacles one faces when taking on a project, or setting in motion a strategy for reaching a goal. Once we start we are fired up and much sooner than later we hit obstacles that leave us frustrated and demotivated. But if we keep our eyes on the prize it helps us to refocus, and we find what we need to overcome them and we come out better on the other side.
4 – Who are your main inspirations?
My wife (she has a killer attitude for staying positive no matter what), John Legend and Lionel Richie (Composing & Songwriting), Brian McKnight (stage presence) & Michael Bublé (how he manages his career).
5 – Do you have a favorite place to write your songs?
I would exactly say I have a favourite place but my favourite time to write is in the middle of the night when everything is quiet in the house.
Yes. I have been fortunate to have quite a few weeks of daily shows back to back.
7 – How is life in sunny Spain? Is there an active music scene?
Spain is a fantastic place to live. The Mediterranean cuisine is exactly what the body needs and sunsets are breathtaking. Living on an island makes all the above even more amazing. The music scene is quite active and if Latin music is your style then it’s definitely the place to be.
The Brothers Of Soul started performing around 2003. Since then we’ve been entertaining tourists of all ages. We have some followers that came when they were kids, bringing their kids to see our shows and I find that really wows me when I think of it. Of course, the music we offer (Motown and Soul hits) does the job of putting everyone in a fantastic mood, but I sincerely think that the connection we make with the audience is a wonderful experience that makes them come back for more.
I’ve started on my next single that should be out around the end of November and then I’m enjoying the holiday season with my family. I’d like a beautiful snowy destination… maybe even learn how to ski.
10 – If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing?
A bit of a tough one. I love people and creative solutions. I guess I’d be doing something motivational. Another passion of mine is helping others discover their hidden talents and help them sharpen it and see the masterpieces unfold. I might even have been a great landscaper, or maybe that’s just my wife’s way of getting me to mow the lawn regularly.
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Learn More About Studio 54 Music Label + New Single — Interview
Studio 54 Music’s label boss reveals interesting details that will positively surprise Disco fans. I won’t deny there’s a certain degree of anonymity behind this project, however, he shares the basic information to meet all your wishes. The new single produced by hitmaker Greg Cohen and The Crush Boys titled “Salt In The Air” is a must-listen. I must confess my parents partied once at the legendary club, and I’m glad to see they’re finally rising up again with this cool initiative. Learn more below.
1 – Whose brilliant idea was it to launch the Studio 54 Music label?
The label is keeping it a secret until further notice. 😉
2 – What’s the vision of this record label?
Disco is back in the mainstream music circuit and has never left the underground, so the vision for the label is to continue fueling this fire, by releasing and promoting an array of modern funky dance music by key players in the 2020 dance music scene.
3 – Is there a team of old-school producers and DJs working behind this new project?
There are old producers involved, but the label is a cross-collaboration between Disco music’s new generation and original veterans.
Yes! Send demos to firstname.lastname@example.org
5 – Besides the record label, did you unveil a radio station? Please tell us more.
Yes, we are in direct partnership with Studio 54 Radio on Sirius XM which launched in November 2008, is executive produced by former resident Jellybean Benitez, features weekly shows by him and another resident, Robbie Leslie. In addition, every Friday we have the Nu-Disco Hour hosted by Danny Valentino which highlights the new school music scene, and Sunday nights at 10PM ET, check out the Mark & Myra show, hosted by original Studio 54 doorman/gatekeeper, Mark Benecke, an original head of PR, Myra Scheer.
6 – Why people must listen to the label’s latest single, “Salt In The Air”?
Dropping this Friday, it’s the feel-good Disco-Pop vibes that people need during these unprecedented times, mixing up new school R&B and Hip-Hop vibes with tightened up Disco sounds.
7 – What’s the next release of Studio 54 Music?
TBA soon – save the date – November 4th, 2020.
8 – It seems Disco never died, do you agree?
Disco is with us forever; it’s this soulful, uplifting, beautiful type of music, where if produced right, is timeless. There simply would be no House Music & Hip-Hop if it wasn’t for Disco, so it’s rooted and present in those genres forever.
Not opposed but not super keen. Disco can be listened to anywhere, but it’s best enjoyed on a funky dancefloor with a big sound system. We want to make a little more special than just having a stream of one of our DJs playing in their living room.
10 – Do you have plans of re-opening the legendary nightclub again?
You will have to wait and see! 😉
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Exclusive Interview: Beca Talks Her Original Single “Calm Before The Storm”
I really enjoyed this interview with Beca. Currently, she’s promoting an original single called “Calm Before The Storm”. Indeed, the title says it all. It is meant to motivate listeners to break past the limitations that they or others have put on them. This is one of many tunes Beca has released throughout her career along with 4 EPs and an album. Discover more exclusively on Electro Wow.
1 – Thanks for your time, what makes your new song “Calm Before The Storm” different from your previous singles?
Thank you! “Calm Before The Storm” deals with bigger picture issues, while most of my previous songs have been more inspired by my inner world. We’re living in a very chaotic time, and I think this track gives voice to a lot of relevant issues. The song is a call to action and asks the listener “are you coming with us?” It’s about the never-ending quest to stand up for what’s right and never back down, no matter how hard that can be.
I co-wrote this song with Danny Ross, who I also worked with on my previous single “Taking Time For Myself” which came out earlier this year. Little did we know we’d soon be facing a pandemic, increasing social injustice around the country, wildfires close to home and other major climate change issues, and an imminent threat to our country’s democracy all at the same time. On a personal level, I’ve had to overcome some mental health challenges this past year and this song serves as a reminder to keep going.
2 – I think it has a good narrative, what gave you the idea to come up with these lyrics?
Danny was in town from NY and we wanted to write about having inner strength and resilience in the face of self-doubt, with all the crazy things going on in the world. And that was before all hell broke loose! I’d been feeling really drained and wanted to find a way to express something uplifting. And today more than ever with Covid, being confined, and all the stress of our political landscape, it continues to be an ongoing battle. We were improvising ideas on the keys and I came up with the bridge idea that depicts a hopeful light peaking through the clouds. The rest of the words flowed pretty seamlessly.
I want people to listen to this song and feel more confident about overcoming whatever challenges they’re facing. I want women (myself included) to speak up when they’re not being listened to or respected. A lot of us are more stressed and exhausted than ever, and it can be especially hard to find our power. But it’s more important than ever so we can show up for ourselves and for others.
5 – I’m loving those infectious synth-based sounds. Was Danny Ross responsible for the sound design?
Yes, he was, and he absolutely killed it on the production! He’s a tremendous talent and it’s been a joy to work with him. We have a great time and don’t take ourselves too seriously while also being creative.
Yes! I’m so excited to be releasing a remix on 10/23 by NICOLAAS, a producer out of Winnipeg who’s worked with the likes of Kitsune, Chela, and Kraak & Smaak. He reached out to me last year about wanting to collaborate and this is one of the gifts that came out of that interaction. I’m a big fan of his music and you’re all in for a treat.
8 – Is fashion still an important part of your music project?
Always. Earlier this year, I composed and produced a song for fashion designer Asher Levine for one of his campaign launches which you can watch below. He creates otherworldly LED outerwear that is completely mind-blowing and has dressed Doja Cat and Lady Gaga. I’m lucky to have such talented and fabulous friends.
9 – When the songs are recorded do you tend to play them the same way on stage or do you adapt them?
It depends on the situation. In the past, I’ve had a lot of fun integrating other versions of my songs such as remixes or stripped down instrumentals. Other times I’ve performed the tracks as on the record in a theatrical way with dancers, lights, and costumes. I like to go big or go home. Though lately with the quarantine, I’ve been spending a lot of time composing in my home studio.
10 – What are your plans for the future once the pandemic is over?
At this point, I’m taking things day by day. I miss traveling and seeing my family and friends who live far away so I plan to visit them as soon as possible. I’m also looking forward to working more with bigger creative teams and live musicians in the same room like we used to. It’s always more fun interacting with people in person. In the meantime, I’ll be here in my bubble doing projects that are meaningful to me and trying to make a positive impact, however, I can.
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