We caught up with musician DANI SLOVAK following the release of ‘In Love With Life’, check it out now!
Hi Dani, how did you first get into music?
This was all very random. In the summer of 2018, during uni, I was home at my parents’ house. I had a major bipolar depressive episode because back then, I wasn’t being treated, and I was lowkey looking for a purpose in life. I found this producer online who was looking for a songwriter, and I hit him up with my vocals recorded on my phone. He told me I could actually sing, which I thought was kinda only my own delusion before that. So I got one of those cheap bundles with mic and interface, recorded a song for him, and I was like, okay, so I guess I can actually write and sing. In New York, I met a producer, and I showed him my journal I’d been keeping for ages, and the “poems” and lines in them were actually songs, so I recorded the first song I wrote when I was a teenager about depression and having suicidal thoughts.
What is the first song that captured your attention as a youngster?
Adele – ‘Someone like you’; hands-down, I’ll never forget the first time I’ve ever heard that song.
Who influenced your latest release, ‘In Love With Life’?
The song is written from one of my best friend’s perspectives, and it’s his actual life. Everything in it is true, every single word and note. Sonically, it’s a lowkey One Republic rip-off, haha.
What is the music scene like in London post covid?
You’re asking the wrong person, really. I spent most of the “covid time” in Norway and the Czech republic. I’ve been in London only for a short period. Ask me in a couple of months, and the answer might be different.
You have superbly written and recorded ‘In Love With Life’ yourself; what was that process like?
I just sat down behind my computer, opened up Logic, started to think about my friend’s life, and in 15 minutes, I had a songwriting demo with vocals and piano. Then it took me like a month to produce the whole thing as I am not really a producer, and this was the 3rd song I had done all by myself. When it comes to vocals, I usually tend to stick to my demo vocals if they’re recorded properly because they have this pure authenticity to them and what I felt the moment I wrote the song. I have a TLM-102 and all sorts of virtual instruments, so I feel like I’m fine doing stuff on my own. But I utterly suck at drums and percussion.
What motivates you to make music?
My emotions. When I feel like I have a very strong emotion and I need to organize my thoughts and analyze how I feel, I just sit down, pull up a piano and mic, and in 15 min – boom – I know how that thing I am writing about makes me feel.
If you could open for any artist/band, who would it be?
There are just too many; I cannot pinpoint just one. And also, when it comes to musicians I adore, I have them idolized in my head, so I never want to meet them because if I end up not liking them in real life, a huge part of me will disappear along with them, and I’ll never be able to give that up. I have some artists whose music means to me more than anything in the world.
What’s your favourite venue to play?
Oh boy, I don’t gig. Haha. I wouldn’t even know where to start, to be honest. And I am very shy when it comes to sharing my deepest thoughts in music with a live audience.
What are your other passions aside from music?
Medicine, science, CrossFit, dogs, mountains, and snow.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Failed egotistical, petty musicians should not be gatekeepers of the industry (A&Rs, etc.).
What is the best music advice you have ever been given?
This one was coming from my grandma, which is the best person I’ve ever known.
‘Past is in the past – in the end, you will only remember the good times.’
This is coming from somebody whose husband was a drunk and physically abused her before passing away at a young age. When she thinks of the past, it’s the nice moments that always shine through.
What musical plans do you have for the next two years?
I don’t, haha. Still make songs that have a deep personal meaning to me and can help a random kid on the other side of the globe.
FVMusicBlog June 2022