Hi Dana, welcome to the Clunk universe.
Please could you describe your surroundings? Where are you? Whatcan you see?
Other than my laptop, I am hanging out in the living room of a sublet
in Montéal as my friend’s cat Weirdo warms my side, listening to
Some Kinda Love by The Velvet Underground. I’m surrounded by
walls of books. A very large old and dogeared map of Indochina
hangs on one of the walls before me. There are dried flowers in
vases, the deep hum of appliances and I can hear the sound of the
upstairs neighbours feet.
In your pictures you look like a perfectly nice person. However, in
your video for ‘Catch’ you seem to turn into a not very nice person.
What with all that killing plus is that a hint of cannibalism or just
feeding the cats? Looks like your catching your dinner! Please
Haha. Yeah, I’m just feeding my cats! Basically, in the video, I’m a cat
mother who needs to feed her cats. So I go out ‘hunting’ to bring
back food for them. It’s my metaphor for creativity in the sense that
it’s really hard to create, and feed your inspiration and you have to
do this daily and it’s not easy, otherwise, you’ll ‘starve.’ Also, at the
time, I was living in Belgrade for the summer and watching a
particular cat family daily and I guess the idea just kinda popped into
my mind watching the mother cat always on the prowl for food to
feed little family.
You were considering a career in the film industry. Do you still fancy
this? If as an actor, what sort of part would you consider? Or would
you follow in your father’s footsteps as a producer?
I was! I wanted to write and direct and act, though mostly the first
two. I was just young and feeling inspired by everything and desired
to find my language in what I saw and experienced. But I generally
just romanticized my time away. For sure, I would love to continue in
this direction in one way or another, but with my primary focus on
Was it your parents that exposed you to music? If so, what music?
Did they play? Sing?
Yeah, in a way. They both really enjoy music. Lots of world and
Balkan music. My dad got me hooked on Leonard Cohen. My mother
always had the classical station on, playing symphonies and operas.
My mother often cites my musicality to the time when she was
singing in a choir and pregnant with me. I’m very lucky as both my
mother and father have always been very supportive and
Is there going to be an album release in 2020? Are the singles from
2019 going to be on it? Are all songs written and recorded? When
can I get my hands on one? I want one now!
Yup! There’ll be an album pretty soon and some of the singles will be
on it! Everything is done for the current album in question but I can’t
say when just yet 🙂
There are a couple of dates in Britain next year and I can’t make
either! Will you be adding to these? How about a gig in Carlisle?
Aww darn! For now, that’s all we’ve got in the books for February
and April but there will be lots more in the near future. I’d love to do
a gig in Carlisle! Never been there before. Hopefully soon!
Thanks, Dana, for taking the time for Clunk. Look forward to seeing
you in 2020. Happy New Year!
Hey, thank you! Was a pleasure! Happy new year!
Dana goes out for cat food.
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