Hello Inanna! Thank you for speaking with me today!
Thanks a lot for having me!
Tell us about your latest release!
My latest song is called "Collapse of an Empire", it's an epic alternative track with some Middle-Eastern touches, inspired by the poem Ozymandias by Shelley. The song is about the inevitable collapse of all the systems and corporations that do not take the future of the Earth into account. It's about all the unsustainable, that eventually will collapse on itself, like a "colossus on feet of clay".
What was the creative process for it?
I usually think of a concept or an environmental/animalist issue first, I find a title (or a temporary title) and I start brainstorming on lyrics and thoughts. For this song in particular, I happened to re-read the majestic poem Ozymandias by P.B. Shelley, and I immediately imagined the crumbling and collapsing of all the terrible exploitation systems, corporations and all things that do not consider the long-term health of our planet and all its inhabitants. So I started writing about this inevitable collapse, which suggests change and destruction, but also gives hope and a sense of relief and freedom: we can let those systems go, and learn to live in ways that will allow the Earth, animals and us to thrive. After the concept and lyrics were born, I sketched a song that would build up in a very epic way, like building up to an explosion with a big relief at the end. My producer Joshua F.Williams helped me to make it how it is now. We added Middle-Eastern violin and oud (by Timothy Maloof), cello by Pietro Nicassio, and the song was mastered by Scott E.Olivier. I am very proud of this one, the topic is so close to my heart and I can't wait to see all those terrible animal and nature exploitation systems go. As the song says, "some things just need to crumble".
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I grew up listening to Sigur Ros, Placebo, Skunk Anansie, Nirvana, Muse, Damien Rice, Radiohead, PJ Harvey, Tori Amos, etc... And when I was about 20 years old I feel in love with bellydance and Middle-Eastern music and culture. I became a bellydance instructor, I studied dance and rhythms in Spain, Italy and Egypt. Among my favorite Middle-Eastern musicians there are Natacha Atlas, Orange Blossom, Souad Massi, the legend Fairouz and all Egyptian classics. It was an "eureka" moment for me when I decided to create music mixing my dark alternative background with Middle-Eastern rhythms and instruments. I felt I found my own genre, my own seal. And I still have so much to explore with it.
Who would be a dream collaboration for you?
I have always dreamt of a duet with my favorite singer Brian Molko (from Placebo). I know he's also sensitive to environmental and climate change issues, so maybe it won't be an impossible thing to dream of. My second dream collaboration would be with Sigur Ros or their singer Jonsi. I've always loved their epic pieces and they have inspired me so much all these years. I would also love to collaborate with a Middle-Eastern singer to add an even more authentic touch to the influence, I am doing some research these days.
Do you have a piece of advice you carry with you that you like to pass on to other musicians?
Find your own voice, your own style. Do not be afraid to experiment, to go beyond and bend genres, don't be afraid to be yourself and bring your own unique life experience into your art, whatever that is.
And also: as artists, we are also responsible of doing our part to speak up for the planet and doing our best to help people change their ways, become aware, create a better future for all Earthlings. There's so much power in the arts: a stage is such a powerful tool to create awareness and emotions about something. Use your stage today to create a better tomorrow.
Any upcoming projects we should be on the lookout for?
Sure! I am releasing a video for Collapse of an Empire soon, most likely at the beginning of March. And there will be a release for sure around Earth Day in April! I can't give the details yet, but it will be a very cool one!
Please let everyone know where they can keep up with you and your music!
You can follow me on Instagram (@inanna_music), FB (https://www.facebook.com/inannamusicofficial), TikTok (@inannamusic), you can stream my music on Spotify, iTunes, or buy it on Bandcamp, and you can subscribe to my YT channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/InannaMusic). See you all there!
Thank you for your time!
Thank you! It's been a pleasure!
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