The Canadian-Honduran singer-songwriter is taking her artistry to new heights in 2020.
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If you haven’t been bumping Tamale, the latest album by Canadian-Honduran singer-songwriter Daniela Andrade, for the last few months, now’s your chance to get obsessed. A showcase of her effortless skill and envy-inducing musical prowess, the 27-year-old has proved yet again she is a sonic force to be reckoned with.
Andrade got her start on YouTube back in 2008, carving out her own space by sharing soulful covers and her own bliss-inducing tracks. Releasing three vibrant albums, touring the world and attracting 1.8 million subscribers in the years between, Andrade now has her sights set on some of her other dreams. Before we get into that, we caught up with the singer to see exactly what 2020 will bring; from live shows, fashion design and even penning her own book…
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Hey Daniela! Your latest album Tamale came out in October, what’s been the reaction thus far?
It’s been really special to receive messages from people who have been connecting with the record. It’s always the most meaningful to me when others can see some aspect of themselves in what I make.
What was the hardest part in forming the album?
Knowing when it was finished.
In turn, what was the most rewarding thing about the whole experience?
Learning to produce, be more fearless towards my ideas and collaborating with others.
How important is putting politics in your work?
In ways I can’t always control – I am affected by my environment and culture. I don’t actively try and mix politics in my work but it is definitely an important piece of my personal narrative: my family’s immigration story and my Hispanic background is the base of my identity. A lot of the thoughts behind Tamale are a reflection of my life juggling emotions surrounding the acceptance of my back- ground (Honduran) and where I was born (Canada).
Do you believe it’s important for all artists to do so?
I think every artist should speak on whatever inspires them, whether it be a personal experience, dreams, stories, politics. Speak your truth.
Who are your inspirations?
Lately, I’ve been drawing a lot of inspiration from books and films. I love the mystery in Murakami’s characters and plots. They’re the kind that really stick in your head for days on end. Paul Thomas Anderson and the way he treats the narrative of love. Pedro Almodovar and how he thoughtfully highlights female sensibilities.
We’re ushering in a whole new decade of music, can you name an album of the last decade that changed your life?
Blond. Listened to it more times than I can count.
Finally, have you got a message for your fans?
I love you. Thank you.
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