S-a născut în Bulgaria și cântă despre bani, piscine și diamante. Nimic nou până aici. Doar că numele ei a ajuns peste tot în blogosferă, unde i se zice “Dena from the block” sau “MIA din Balcani”, iar printre idolii ei, alături de J Dilla, se numără și Sun Ra. That’s news!

DENA a acceptat să răspundă câtorva întrebări pentru blogul Control, în avansul reprezentației de vineri, 27 februarie.

Hello Denitza! What were you doing just now, in this moment?

I just put milk in my coffee.

You were born in Bulgaria, but currently live in Berlin. Do you recall how you found the German city, when you moved in, 10 years ago? 

I recall my first visit here in the coldest winter ever where I visited a friend, it must have been before the whole renovation process of the city has started. The flats where people lived were incredibly huge and still with cole ovens and toilet rooms outside of the flats, I thought this was crazy and it had almost like a post-war feeling.

Then a bit later, when I moved here it seemed way more friendlier and I remember seeing the city as a big challenge to start a new life in. Now after so many years here it’s incredible how there are so many corners of town I’ve never seen and yet it sometimes can feel like a big village.

Do you miss your hometown? How often are you traveling to Bulgaria? Are you still connected with it? 

I try to go back to Bulgaria around twice per year. I miss my parents and that’s what I miss about my hometown, which is in South Bulgaria near the Turkish and Greek border. Otherwise almost all of my friends live in Sofia, which is a bit easier to reach and I am more connected with what’s going on there, been playing some gigs in the past years and djing there and always try to keep up a bit with what’s going on there.

You’ve just released your debut album, called ‘Flash’. Are you happy with the result? Can you share with the readers how was the experience of recording your first album?

Flash came one year ago and it was my first experience in releasing music. I had written it like 2-3 years ago so in the time between writing and the actual release I had the chance to learn a lot about the whole music system. First albums often take the most time, especially if they are DIY or home-made, cause people don’t have a certain „machinery” around them and are unprepared, at least that’s how we kicked it with my producer and manager Jonas Verwijnen. So I must say I am greatful for how it all turned out and am looking forward to put out my new music, on which I am working a bit differently now.

What’s your musical background?

Singing in choirs, playing synths in a DIY electro punk band, programming beats and writing lyrics.

In the video for ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools‘ there’s a surprise appearance from Erlend Oye of Kings of Convenience. How did you hook up with him?

We are good friends since many years.

What are you thinking of right now? 

„How many more questions?” haha

Does M.I.A.’s rap style have any influence upon your music? Did it shape in any way your current sound? 

No actually, I am writing mostly piano ballads right now, which is a bit far away from M.I.A. who is the ultimate queen of what she does.

We are really looking forward to your performance here in Bucharest. Can you send a message to your Romanian fans ? What shall we expect from your show?

I am so mega excited to play and be in Romania for the first time ever! Can’t wait to meet you! I’ll be there with my band and a new drummer we’ll play with for the first time, and I am super stoked about it! See you on Friday! X D


Autor: Dragoș Rusu // The Attic Magazine

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