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Danielle de Niese

Photo of Danielle de NieseDecca/Ben Ealovega

How would you describe your music?

"Classical music is one way to describe it- a Life blood line to my soul is another way to describe it. Music's greatest power is not in any particular composer or his/her chef d'oevre, nor any particular singer, but in it's own power to move people. I perform because music moves me and lives in me- what I give to people is the interpretation of that effect on me. I have to share that experience, as I become that vessel through which the music is performed, as I bring my own heart to a role or piece. It's really an indescribable euphoria of giving, sharing and receiving."

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

I have the most active role in music-making in the stuio and the artistic expression of who I am in any role, performance, or recording that I do, but also in basically everything I do that involves business decisions with my career.

Describe your gear.

My gear is my own body- probably the highest maintenance gear in the business! no repair shop for my gear!

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

I was never aware of any difference. I have always gone forth in life giving my all in the name of music, and no one has ever told me that I can't do what I love because I'm a girl. I do understand that there can be instances where being a female is relatively new ground, but I haven't experienced this in my career at all.

Do you see differences between generations of women musicians?

I think we are as strong as ever! :) girl power!

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

I would say to any woman who asked me for advice regarding "being a woman" in the business, "don't "be a woman"- just be the artist that you are, and give your all always." There's no point starting out your career with hang-ups about having to fight harder because you're a woman, and focusing on it could distract you. No one ever said you have to be a man to order to dare to dream, so be daring and dream big!

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

I felt that of all the ways to express myself, my voice was the most truthful and powerful direct path to my artistic expression. I just fell in love with singing and the affair continues...

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