Can you talk to us more about your latest single “NEFERTITI XXI”?
Nefertiti XXI is my first single as Inanna, a whole new music project that I like calling an eco-ethno-electro-pop experiment: all the lyrics are inspired by environmental, futurist and animalist topics. Nefertiti XXI is about the importance of female presence in politics to take better care of the Earth. Women’s caring and nurturing qualities are much needed in these times of dramatic environmental change and loss of biodiversity. So “eco”, but also “ethno-electro”, because for the first time I am merging my addiction to dark electro-rock with my 15-years-long passion for bellydance and Arabic rhythms. My next songs will have even more of that J
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This song and the whole project are inspired by the delicate times we are living from the environmental point of view. If we don’t act now, change consuming habits now, countless territories and species will be gone in the next 10 or 20 years. I love nature and animals and I want to do what I can to promote their preservation and well-being, for us, for the planet and for the future generations. Nefertiti XXI in particular was inspired by a book my husband gave to me, on the Egyptian Queens of the past, called “When Women Ruled the World”: I think that only a more feminine perspective and approach in politics and governance can promote a better relationship with our home, the Earth.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Absolutely! The music video is almost finished, we will most likely release it by the end of June. Stay tuned.
How was the recording and writing process?
I decided to dive into this environmental music project under the name of Inanna by the beginning of 2019. I wrote many songs just in a few weeks, I was extremely inspired and I felt I found what I really wanted to say and transmit through my music. I made demos by myself and I got the songs produced by Joshua F. Williams, a Washington DC-based music producer who lived 10 years in Dubai and knew about Middle-Eastern rhythms. We worked on a distance and then he joined me in Los Angeles to record the vocals and a few live instruments, which we recorded at Clear Lake Studios and Under The Rug Studios.
Known for toying with different ideas and genres – what was the selection and brainstorming process for this song?
This was a very immediate song, one of those that flow out of your subconscious stream very quickly. I knew I wanted to make a reference to a queen of the past and I thought Nefertiti was the best for the message I wanted to convey. Nefertiti, Akhenaten’s wife, managed to rule by herselffor several years after his death, cleaned up his mess, fixing the fanatic and destructive decisions of her husband. She was a formidable ruler. This song wants to say that there’s need of female green leaders in power now to be able to fix the mess than an excessive masculine predatory capitalistic attitude has made.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Of course! There’s a lot more coming! We will be launching a couple of more singles over the summer and the album will be ready probably by the Fall. I can’t wait to share the rest of the work with everyone!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
This first single will be released next week, on May 22nd. For the album we are aiming at October 2019. The album will be called “Acrotopia”. “Acro-” means “higher”, so Acrotopia suggests a “higher way of living”, not a negative depressing dystopia but also not an unreachable utopia. It suggests it is possible for all humans to live “higher”/better, by making better choices for themselves and for the planet.
Any plans to hit the road?
It’s too soon to say, but I hope 2020 will be a good year for Inanna’s live performances!
What else is happening next in Inanna’s world?
We are starting to partner up with some environmental, animalist and green-female-leaders organizations: it is very important for us that the environmental issues are brought to everyone’s attention, at the center of culture, and all the arts can play a fundamental role in this task.