Several times Luxurymag.cz has offered you interviews with talented and inspiring people from the fashion industry, especially with various bloggers. However, today we will serve you an interview with the singer Dannie, who not only sings well and is considered by many to be the queen of Czech R’n’B, but who is also a big fashion enthusiast and above all a very inspiring and interesting woman. After many years of working in the Czech music industry, Dannie finally released her eagerly awaited solo album last November Colours of Light, on which she collaborated with, among others, Nironic, Vladimír 518, DJ Wich, Andreas (Sixin) and Jiří Korn. However, you will learn more about this talented Czech singer with Greek roots in the following interview.
1. You have been involved in music since you were a child and you are no newcomer to the Czech scene, but you have released a solo album only now. Why so late?
I used to devote myself a lot to studying and also to my band Sixin. I received several offers from major record companies, but I didn’t take advantage of them because I would have to style myself into someone else’s role. I first started thinking about recording my own album two years ago thanks to the rapper Vec, then there was a big wave of support from Josh from Neighbor Beats. My artistic team supported me the most. In the beginning, mainly Andreas and Irena Mikulecká, and later the publicist J. Spring joined us. I got about 500 beats to choose from the producers and the singer Andreas and I started writing songs. That’s when I realized that there was no more leakage and I had to finish the plate.
2. On the record, you collaborate with several famous names of the Czech music scene, including Jiří Korn. How did this idea of working with Korn come about and how was working with him?
When Djay Enemy and Vladimir 518 and I chose the song Grandhotel for our collaboration and started thinking about guests, I immediately thought that I wanted to hear Jiří Korn in it. I called him to see if he would join us and Jirka was in favor. Vladimir wrote the lyrics for both of us and he, being a complete professional, rapped it from spot to spot and absolutely perfectly. The collaboration was absolutely amazing, he is a great singer and an incredibly inspiring personality who still influences all age generations. I look forward like a little girl to Jirka releasing another solo album and I would definitely like to compose a song for him.
3. Three months have already passed since the release of the record, during which you managed to shoot three video clips for the singles Let’s Make It Right, Strong Woman and Someone Else. Can you tell us about the singles and videos?
The song Let’s Make It Right is a pop soul ballad with an infantile character, somewhat parodying romantic songs and movies. In the clip, I try to write a declaration of love to my chosen one, who is played by Dj Wich. This cannot be done without a lot of crumpled papers. Finally, I dare, I drop the letter into Wich’s mailbox, everything turns out well and the fairy tale is over. In the clip for Strong Woman, I portray a fairy who, with the touch of a magic wand, transforms women all over the world into confident, cheerful and loving beings. Well, in the video clip for the song Someone Else, we used authentic footage from concerts, interviews, rehearsals and other activities of mine, so that everyone could see what the life of a musician is like.
4. The song Strong Woman is such a manifesto of a strong, emancipated woman who does not allow herself to be manipulated. Why did you feel the need to write a song about this topic?
I wrote the song Strong Woman after going through a very unpleasant period full of setbacks in interpersonal relationships. It is about strength, self-confidence and awareness of one’s own personality, but also about dealing with people who try to bring me to my knees. It is dedicated to both women and men, because I am not exactly a supporter of excessive emancipation. Nowadays, it is an extreme phenomenon, women try to be constantly in opposition and superiority to the other sex. The exaggerated effort of women to be constantly on an imaginary pedestal above a man is not natural in my opinion. After all, we should be in the same position, balance the duality and create unity, not fight each other. Women are surprised that they cannot find a partner who can take care of the family or that the partner is unfaithful to them. But that’s logical after all. Men’s self-confidence is gradually taken away, so they replenish it elsewhere.
5. Are you planning a fourth single, or what are your immediate musical plans?
As the fourth single, I am now releasing Grandhotel with Jirka Korn and Vladimir 518, which was mentioned a while ago. A luxurious music video will be shot for the single, so now we are looking for sponsors to help us financially. In the near future, I have a concert at the Jazz Dock with my band Sixin, where the singer Andreas sings with me, on March 24 from 10 pm at the Jazz Dock club. After that, I’m going to shoot some video clips. I will mention at least the video clip with the dance group Dance2XS, which will be shot by Studio Petrohrad, then clips with producer DTonata, Slovak rapper Delik, and we are also planning to shoot a video with a giant gospel choir. In the spring and summer I have a tour for the album and concerts with my band Sixin, where the singer Andreas sings with me. We will release a record in the summer. And I’m releasing another solo record in the fall, which I’m really looking forward to, because I’ve arranged a lot of interesting guests from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and abroad.
6. DJ Wich said about you that he considers you the best Czech R’n’B singer. But how did you actually get into R’n’B?
I basically grew up in the theater and on stages. My mother sang in various soul groups, including a funky band with Roman Holý and Slávek Janda, that influenced me a lot. At home we mainly listened to soul, jazz and RnB, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Mahalia Jackson, Mariah Carey and Lauryn Hill stuck in my head the most. It was completely natural for me to sing this style because I grew up with its rhythm.
7. Do you stand out on the Czech music scene not only with your voice, but also with a distinctive image? Our readers would surely be interested in where you go shopping.
I love vintage imported fashion store from England, Nymph. I don’t like to go shopping, when I go, I pick up everything I can think of without trying it on and then sew it up at home. All my life I have been bringing my clothes from Greece, where they are in fashion at least 2 years ahead. I sew and make a lot myself. I love nu rave and urban style, I live in street fashion, I get inspired in the streets.
8. Can you also tell us something about your upcoming line of accessories and clothing?
After friends from the industry started approaching me to choose their outfits for important events or to help them change their style, I decided that I would enjoy working with fashion directly. And so we founded our own fashion brand URB KOD with artist Karin Kariiina Onderková and singer Andreas. We are preparing an original collection of clothing in the style of urban street and nu rave, which will be intended for young people with a sense for design and artistically oriented individuals with a strong personality and distinctive style. We are partially influenced by Nordic fashion trends, as they are at the top in street style, but we also follow the latest global fashion trends. We want to combine the comfort and purpose of clothing and accessories with what is currently in, without suppressing the original intention to be original.
9. I also know you have your own blog, what do you do on it?
If I have time, I post information on new fashion shows, trends, artists and/or stylish accessories and gadgets on my blog. I named the blog Dannie’s Life and on it I focus on things that interest and amuse me. (http://sistadannie.tumblr.com/)
10. What does fashion and clothing even mean to you?
For me, fashion is a symbol of identity, my biggest hobby. I don’t understand how our people still dress the same for over twenty years. I wish that the interest in style and appearance in the Czech Republic would move from the last rungs to one of the front ones. so that women are not afraid to dress more boldly and colorfully and not be ashamed of their figure, whatever it is.
Source: LUXURYMAG. Móda a módní trendy. 2018. by www.luxurymag.cz.
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