OURS chats with singer Danitsa who will be performing tomorrow in Geneva at the first edition of The Sound Social, a music festival bridging Switzerland’s linguistic divide to bring together young musicians from the Romandy and the Swiss German part of the country.
What does music mean to you ?
Music is a way to express myself. Music is a place of freedom where I can let myself go and get powerful feelings of serenity, happiness. I think that music is medicine.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration spending time watching life around me. I like talking and sharing different points of view with my family, friends, and people. Most of the time, I get inspired by listening and watching : albums, interviews, and live performances from artists who have exemplary careers. I think that it’s good to learn from “The masters of the game” and mix all the good things to recreate my own universe.
How do you feel your culture and your environment influence your music ?
My mixed background has given me the opportunity to be exposed to various musical influences from an early age on. I have the chance of having both : African and European roots and this diversity is reflected in my music.
Who are some of your favourite artists?
I have a lot of favourite artists in different kind of music but my Top Ten are
– Curtis Mayfield
– India Arie
– Judy Mowatt
– John Holt
– Lauren Hyll
– Anderson pack
– Rah digga
What do you do when you are not working?
I like spending time alone, walking through the city. It’s relaxing and inspiring. I like listening to the sound of the city and observing people.
Can you tell us a bit about your recent album?
I made an EP last year called Breakfast where you can find a mix of sounds – soul, hip hop, reggae, and afrobeats. Making this project was a great experience. But this year I’ve decided to work with musicians and we recorded a new project called The Shelter. It will be a free EP available from the 3rd of October of a more jazzy and soulful style. I’m looking forward to sharing this because it’s totally different from anything I’ve done before.
What else are you working on right now?
I am working on my first album with the label “Evidence Music”. The release is planned for 2017. I want to take the time to make something great. So, be ready for 2017. Danitsa gonna mash up di place !