I do not have too many interviews left this year...
but I have been getting to discover more about Delena and her latest track, Animal. She shares the story behind the track and reveals what is coming next – I ask whether there any particular artists and albums that have particularly inspired her.
She talks about plans for next year and what she thinks of modern Pop; whether she gets time to unwind away from music and whether she grew up around a lot of music – Delena ends the interview by selecting a cool song.
Hi, Delena. How are you? How has your week been?
Hi! I’m good! Looking forward to the Christmas holidays and New Year!
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
For those who don’t know me, I am Delena! I was born in Kiev and my music is inspired by my life growing up there, which wasn’t always easy - and you can see in my song titles it’s very freedom-inspired!
Animal is your new track. What is the story behind it?
The story behind Animal is how I feel and used to feel while growing up (and even sometimes now)! I wanted a song which is strong and powerful and anybody in the world could relate! Animal is a symbol of being free, strong and honest to yourself! People every day are struggling to be who they want to be and it’s not okay! Everyone must be able to speak their minds free!
Who are the artists that inspired you growing up? Did you grow up around a lot of different music?
I have got a lot of inspiration in my life! As a child, I would listen to Queen and Michael Jackson! I would also listen to Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James! I would always listen to music as a child and I never got tired of it.
What do you think of the modern Pop industry? Do you think it has strengthened over the last few years?
The Pop industry today has developed in so many ways! And I think it did strengthened! Everyone today has got a chance to show their talent in so many ways! And it requires you to be different in so many ways which I think is amazing!
Do you already have plans for 2019?
Oh, yes! I am so looking forward 2019! I can’t wait to put out new music and work on my album!
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
I would say that every memory in music is my favorite! I love it so much that I can’t just choose between them!
What does music mean to you? How important is it in your life?
Music is my source of inspiration! It helps me when I’m down and it helps me when I’m up! I don’t know what I would do without it! I would probably end up listening to the winds. Ha-ha.
As Christmas is coming up; if you had to ask for one present what would it be?
I would ask to be with whole family together because this year we all going to be in the different parts of the world!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
I would probably want to support The Weeknd or Bruno Mars! They are great talented artists and I love their music! And, in my rider, I would probably ask for some Ukrainian food like Pirozhki.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
I would say that it’s very important to be true to yourself and understand what you really want! Take advice and be open to anything coming into your life. It’s all happening for a reason!
Which three albums mean the most to you?
If I’m honest, I don't really listen to many albums! I mostly listen to singles and go to shows of artists I love. I'm a big fan of Adele, The Weeknd and Sia though.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
Not yet! But I will be working on this very hard!
IN THIS PHOTO: Lauren Jauregui
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Usually, I don’t want to chill from music because, as I mentioned before, music is everything to me! But I love to travel and spend time with family! There is nothing better than being all together!
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Could you please pay Kali Uchis - After the Storm