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INTERVIEW: Dinachi

Hi Dinachi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Very well thanks! Super excited about the upcoming release.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fresh Love”?

Yes! Fresh Love is about that feeling you get when you meet someone you like and subsequently cease to function like a normal human. You know how it is. And then it gets even crazier when it turns out they feel the same way. It’s probably not even love yet, but you can see that maybe somewhere down the line you could love this person; like a real selfless unconditional love. So perhaps I should have called it ‘Fresh Could-This-Be Love’…

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s all about how I felt when I met my now husband. We didn’t live in the same city at the time so every night, we would talk on the phone till late and I remember waking up one morning really groggy but with the chorus going over and over in my head, fresh love, fresh love. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I would love to. I would also love to say it’s definitely in the works but I’m having to be creative with my budget for the project. I have however just borrowed my friend’s camera, so I can say maybe with a wink. 

The single comes off your new album Parables – what’s the story behind the title?

There’s a somewhat tenuous link. Once upon a time, I wrote a song called Green Rose based on the Parable of the Sower in the Bible. Long long long before I stepped into the studio, this was going to be the pseudo title track of the album. I liked the idea of a parable and how it means more than just the story it tells. Anyway to cut a long story short, Green Rose didn’t make the cut. I fought a long fight with my amazing producer Fez of OL Music, but it was not meant to be. For now, Green Rose lives on in the title Parables. The End (Watch out for Part 2)

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the songs on Parables over the last three years, mostly in my bedroom on my guitar to unvoiced shouts of “keep it down”, from the neighbours. I was fortunate to be able to test them out on stages all around the country and fine tune them for recording. As I mentioned before, Fez and OL were amazing. We did lots of prep before hand but it was still a crazy, hectic week in the studio, sprinkled with lengthy debates about the direction for each song and I loved every minute of it. Also got to work with some fantastically talented musicians. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

What role does your Nigerian heritage play in your writing?

When we were little, my dad would tell us story after story about the animal kingdom in Igbo folklore. We have such a rich oral history and storytelling tradition that’s definitely found its way into my music. Lyrics are so important to me. It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it, when you say it and why you say it. 

How has your choral background influenced your current music?

Massively! I think in harmony. Like I have to be told off sometimes. On the record, I have a group of my singing buddies including my sister (lifelong singing buddy) on backing vocals. Some moments just needed that big, beautiful sound you only get with multiple differently-textured voices. 

What aspects of love and life did you get to explore on this album?

All of it! [laughs] There’s a lot about love. Finding new love, letting go of what you thought was love and exploring what it means to love well. I also talk about my faith as a Christian, about homelessness and about death. A close friend of mine passed away a year ago – writing about it really helped to get the emotions out in the open. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Major road hitting plans for the new year. Maybe even a cheeky gig this side of Christmas. Watch this space!

What else is happening next in Dinachi’s world?

Just getting out there and connecting with people through the music. That’s what I love doing. And hopefully start writing again! 

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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