Hi Ozn, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Me: It’s Day 15 after Orlando and I am most Defiant. Sad. Enraged. Conflicted. Sometimes even at Peace. The timing of my new record’s release is uncanny. Bizarre really.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Je Suis Paris”?
Je Suis Paris! is a classic style House Music anthem that’s pro-peace, anti-terror – designed to invigorate you, enliven and empower you – so want to jump up and dance, throw your fists in the air and scream “No more terrorist bulls**. Peace Now! Je Suis Paris! Orlando!”
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
It first began with the killing of the Charlie Hebdo Magazine artists, writers, editors and others in Paris and the murder of the Jewish shoppers and police officers. I was horribly, deeply disturbed. The footage of the murder of the Muslim policeman is burned into my neurons until the day I die.
I wasn’t just inspired to do this record. I was called to it, just as someone is called to the clergy – and I answered.
How was the film experience?
My favorite was the behind the scenes shoot of the body art PR photo. It was so cool to have my body used like a canvas by a very talented artist plus have a world-class photographer do the honors. Of course, my cameraman, Trevor, who’s also a friend, kept telling me my bathing suit was far too tight and skimpy and he could see EVERYTHING, while he kept trying to shoot close ups of my junk! The bastard! HAHA!
How was the recording and writing process?
The song just appeared in my mind and ushered forth from my lips simultaneously. I knew it was special right away. Fortunately I connected with writer/producer Gabe Lopez. We are from two entirely different generations and cultures and yet we get each other. That’s a pretty cool thing, because creative communication is like sex and love. You’re either in an effortless, engaged flow or it’s a LOTTA work and effort. Gabe and I vibed off each other from the start.
The song has this late 80s/early 90s EDM vibe – was that intentionally done and if so, why?
Yes, it was. I have a passion for Classic House, funk, and disco – piano, bass, drums and a touch of synths and strings. It requires a song oriented – not production oriented – process of recording. And what’s most important to me is being true to the song. Once you have that, you can play with all kinds of genres of House in remixes.
Did you ever thought about give it a modern twist?
Actually I had an EDM Deep House remix done by an American newcomer named Mntna – pronounced Montana – who crushed it. I think it’s going to put him on the map.
I’ve also noticed that Classic House has made a mega comeback of late. Look at Clean Bandit and Jess Glynn – just two examples. So I’m gonna say the modern twist could also be the return of Classic House. Take that Vents Magazine! HAHA!
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Absolutely. I’m writing now. It was not my original intention, frankly. But I’ve got this powerful urge, this need to continue to express myself musically – not only as a screenwriter and producer as I’ve been doing for the past years – and I’m honoring it. I’ve discovered some unreleased tracks I’m really excited about, which I’m gonna have remixed and released. Between new and old, I already have enough for an album.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
If you mean for Je Suis Paris! – that’d be mid-August. There will be two remix packages “Cutmore Remixes + Bonus Original” and “Mntna EDM Deep House Remixes”
If you mean for new material — No release dates yet. Hell, I can barely keep up with all the work it takes to put out the first one! Social media is a freakin’ grind, brothas and sistas. Please locate the dude who said it was an “easy, direct path from artist to audience” – I wanna kick his ass!
Any plans to hit the road?
I would actually love, Love, LOVE to perform live again. I started out on stage in the New York City Metropolitan Opera as a child and performed on Broadway later on. I’ve toured in the past to support records and while it is truly draining work, I am happiest when I’m on stage. It’s in my DNA.
What else is happening next in DaDa NaDa’s world?
I’m the chair of a bisexual advocacy non-profit. We do workshops for health care professionals and high school and college age kids to give them support in understanding the bisexual identity. There’s a tremendous amount of confusion, misinformation and prejudice against bisexuals from straights and surprisingly from lesbians and gays. The result is that a lot of bi people don’t understand themselves and/or are suffering horribly in the closet. I strive to be of service to help them accept their authentic selves and have the courage to be out despite the discrimination. When you stand as your true self in the world, you attract positive people and situations and life takes on a very different, more meaningful flow.