Dancer turned singer DASHĪ

Written on 05/29/2020
Julian Von Plato

Marie : How and when did you commit to being an artist?


Dashi: I started as a dancer. My dance studies brought me to Prague. After years spent working on theatre productions and teaching, my „inner impatient child“ has decided to try something else and discover other ways of expressing myself. There was nothing surprising about it as I had always been surrounded by musicians.

Marie: Tell me more about the single - the recording process, who produced/engineered it and if they have any other successes?


Dashi: We recorded the single a month after my show in La Loca (Geoff Tyson’s Songwriters‘ Stories), at Dan Reed’s studio in Prague. He produced and engineered it. Working with Dan was a wonderful experience. Since the first time we met, he has been very encouraging, enthusiastic and professional.

Marie:  What is the single inspired by? What is the story behind it?

Dashi: The song SWAN LAKE is based on a set of life events that happened to me a few years ago. The single embodies one‘s doubts and fears when it comes to love. It is also indirectly connected with the original Swan Lake classical ballet story. Releasing Swan Lake as my first single was very symbolic to me as a dancer shifting towards music, as well.

Marie:  Tell me a little more about the writing process. Is it stream of consciousness type writing or more planned and thought out? Is there an underlining theme in your music?


Dashi: Honestly, I am not a very organised songwriter. I can’t schedule a songwriting session for myself. I tried a few times and always ended up kind of frustrated. I am pretty impulsive and intuitive when it comes to the creative process.

I have never thought of any underlining theme. Probably, it‘s my memories. Most of the ideas for my lyrics are based on things I personally experienced, so my music is basically something like my journal.

Marie: Where was the new release written? How does place and time influence you and your writing process?


Dashi: Time and place are essential for my artworks. This answer goes back to the previous question, too. I can’t plan when it comes to writing music. When the stream of song ideas strikes, it’s usually at places I am somehow bound to emotionally - consciously or subconsciously.

Marie:  Were you listening or watching anything in particular quite a bit during the recording and writing process?


Dashi: I am listening to something most of the time but I don’t think it directly affects my creative process.

Marie: Do you think there is a perfect time and place to listen to the single, does it lend itself to a particular listening experience?

Dashi: Live at my concert.

Marie:  If you could hope that your music inspires someone to do something, what would that be?


Dashi: Introspection.

Marie:  Tell me more about your musical influences? Are you hoping to achieve a certain sound or theme on your new release?


Dashi: I am a big fan of Norah Jones, Oren Lavie, Lianne La Havas. On the other hand, I love electronic, ambient, spheric sounds, I love Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Ros, Nils Frahm, Max Richter. At the same time, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Julie London. I don’t care about the genre that much. What’s important to me is the authenticity.  

Marie: Tell me more about you and your successes as an artist?


Dashi: To me, success is loving what I do, even when it sometimes awakens emotions that are hard to handle. Fortunately, it works the other way around, too.

Marie:  What are your hobbies/interests outside of music? Anything else I should know about you?


Dashi: I LOVE sleeping. My days are pretty active. I either dance or play/work on music most of the days.

When I have some free time, I usually spend it in bed.