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BN1 Chats with DELLAXOZ ahead of The Great Escape

What inspired you to pursue a career in music and how did you get started?

I remember writing was the first thing I ever loved as a child, and I was writing songs about relationships in primary school when I didn’t even understand that experience yet. Then I joined the school choir and it made me realise how much I loved to sing, even though I was super shy. Those things stuck with me and I just developed them in secret until I started releasing music when I was 15, and people in school started discovering me online and then this music thing just wasn’t something I could hide anymore.

Can you share a memorable experience from a previous live performance that has stayed with you?

I opened for my friend Isabel LaRosa earlier this year in London, and a bunch of her fans at the front were jumping and hyping my songs up and it was so nice to see the support even though they didn’t know me prior to the show. It really showed me that it doesn’t matter how big or small I am, if the music is good then it will resonate with people, and that’s all that matters.

What message or emotions do you aim to convey through your music to your audience?

Artists are just regular people, we experience things like anxiety and insecurity and heartbreak, and I just want everyone who listens to know that they’re seen, and I feel it and I get it but we can turn it into a great thing and sing and dance about it at a show.

How has your music evolved since you first started creating and performing?

The more I create, the more I learn and the better my sound gets I feel. When I did my first show I was a bag of nerves but with each show I just get a bit more into it and it reinforces to myself how much I love it. I think in a decade, I’ll probably be a musical beast.

What do you hope the audience takes away from your performance?

I want to be that artist that makes people leave a show thinking “God I love live music.” I just want people to enjoy themselves and fall in love with music even more, which is how I feel whenever I see a really good gig.

How do you stay motivated and inspired to create music, especially during challenging times?

I typically get creative blocks if I overthink the process, and preemptively criticise myself before even making anything. So I just remind myself that I love to create because creating is fun, and I remove the pressure of having to make anything that’s immediately fantastic.

If you could collaborate with any musician, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

There’s so many people I could say, but I’d either say Remi Wolf or Brakence. Their sounds are  super different from each other, and so experimental but at the same time it’s uniquely them. I think I’m similar in that sense and I just really love their music. Their sounds are amazing live too.

Lastly, what advice would you give to aspiring artists looking to break into the music industry?

Stay persistent, remember why you’re doing this and who you’re doing it for. Don’t be scared to put yourself out there, and always believe in yourself.


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