By Dani Felt (January 1, 2017)
1.What inspired your passion for singing/songwriting and voice coaching and who has been there supporting you from the beginning?
I was three when I heard Streisand and said, “Mom, I want to do what she does!” I’ve always loved singing. I use to play my tennis racket and jump off the fireplace mantel singing Elton John’s The Bitch is Back. I was 5. ha! And my mom loved to sing, my grandmother was in a trio singing in church when she was a teen, so I am really fortunate they supported my creativity and passion for singing.
I began teaching while being a student at Circle in the Square, NYU TISCH. My friends asked me to show them some stuff and those were my first experiences teaching voice. I’m constantly surprised I’ve been teaching for over twenty years, I was a founding member of SLS and helped create the organization which has over 200 certified teachers around the world. I have traveled around the world training other teachers and sharing the gifts of The Heart of Artistry – technique to the joy of singing.
2. How do you feel about people downloading music rather then buying physical copies?
I love not needing a HUGE CD rack anymore! And really, technology is changing the world in so many amazing ways. I love that when I hear a song on Pandora I can click and buy it & have it on my ipod when I walk out the door. I do really miss the artwork of album and CD days. As a lover of photography, art and drawing, I’m always looking at how to share those elements with my music.
3.How do you feel about the singer/songwriter and voice coaching industry today?
Hmmm not sure exactly what you’re asking me here. I can say I love the singer/songwriter community in New York. It’s an amazing family of friends and fans and artists who collaborate and really admire one another. I work with a lot of the artists in NY & it’s an awesome experience. You can find Dulce & I in Ian Axel’s video along with a huge number of producers, singers, writers who were all there to support Ian. It was a love fest.
As a teacher, I’m so blessed to support their talents and witness their songwriting expand as their vocal abilities increase. Melodies get wider, more dynamic performances… that’s a thrill to help enable someone to be their best and to help and see them simply expand and expand and be amazing.
4.Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Five years from now… more of what I’m doing plus new dreams come true. Songwriting for other artists, busy in the studio on my latest music project. Collaborating with friends and wonderful musicians.
5.Do you think singer/songwriters are the best interpreters of their own work or do you believe some cover versions can be better then the original?
Oh gosh! Absolutely.. give ten singers the same song and you can get more than 10 versions! I think covering another artist’s song is wonderful – it reveals more of one’s style in the ways that you make the song your own. Tori Amos is brilliant at interpreting another writers song.
6.Who have you always dreamt of working with and why? How would you go about accomplishing this?
I went to India to work with AR Rahman because I love his work. That’s how I did it. Got on plane and landed in Bombay. HA! What an amazing adventure. Five co-writes later, Dreams on Fire is on the Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack.
Currently, I’d love to work with Lyle Lovett and Dolly Parton. I’m a fan of both. I’m doing some alchemy right now to make those dreams come true. If you know either of them… hey, I’ll take the introduction! 😉
7.If you were starting in this business again today, what would you do differently?
WOW, well the business is a whole different ballgame today. It’s open, fans have access to the artists directly via YouTube and bandcamp. As I set on my goals today it’s all about sharing – doing the work, putting it out to the public and taking the next step for the love of it. Writing a song is a great day at the office.