Berlin-based singer/songwriter, Dana Shanti, is a product of a bygone era wherein her country quaked in the shadow of the Berlin Wall. It was behind this wall that she was taught early to create that which she couldn’t otherwise obtain. This lesson spurred her to try her hand at music composition via a variety of instruments, pre-production of her own work, choreography, and both filming and film editing.
Steeped in nuance and subtlety, her music stands as anti-pop made for the patient, discerning ear and has been described by one of her collaborative partners as “a terrific slow burn”.
As the artist self-explains “The music of my favorite artists and main influences — Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Sade, Erykah Badu, and Tracy Chapman — is what one would get if they turned a healthy, home cooked meal of organic food and pumpkin coconut soup into sound. I count myself as an artist in what I hope is a similar vein.”
How long have you been creating music?
More than 20 years
Do you have a preferred genre?
Tell us about your latest song, EP, or album.
Cosmic View, produced and performed by the etherical Dana Shanti, provides a soundscape & mood nothing short of colossal. Like an epic tale of soul searching and growth, this masterpiece takes the listener on a journey of solitude & longing to belonging & be wonderment. Shanti delivers a powerful sense of self combined with the hopefulness of unity, spread across a palette of stylish jazz, emotion evoking rhythm & blues, all tied together with a contemporary twist that appeals to a wide audience.
Are there any challenging aspects to writing and/or recording your music?
Money – or also the beauty of being authentic and creating out of what moves me against the business
Has your style evolved since the beginning of you career?
What do you enjoy most about being a musician?
Vibing, the movement that happens at concerts, being able to transform discomfort of pain into a beautiful sound – alchemy.
Playing live or recording in studio? Do you have a preference?
Do you have a preference… vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?
Vinyl. I would say – every time when a sound moves me under my skin.
Are there any musicians who inspire you? What qualities do you admire about them?
Everyone that stays true to oneself. Anyone who is brave to keep up the struggle for the love of music.
Would you like to travel to other countries to perform your music? If so, what would be your first stop?
Yes – London
Are you currently working on any projects we should look out for?
Yes – plenty.
Is there something you would like to say, that we didn’t cover?