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DANVERI

RELEASES NEW CONTROVERSIAL SINGLE ‘SHEIK YOUR BELLY’

Over the last few years the internet has allowed many independent musicians to come forward onto the independent market and flourish which has seen the introduction of many new creative artists and has allowed them to have complete creative control over their lyrical content with minimal censorship, one such artist is Danveri with his New Controversial Single ‘Sheik Your Belly.’

 

Danveri has already made an impact within the independent industry in his ‘Waveroot’ Recording Studio where he is known both as a studio producer and an independent artist himself composing music for various projects including documentaries and advertising. The New Single from independent artist/producer Danveri entitled ‘Sheik Your Belly’ is heavy in political themes and parody both in its lyrical content and its music video directed by Samer Boustany which has the potential of going viral due to its controversial nature. An upcoming début feature length album by independent artist / producer Danveri is currently in production for a February 2015 releaseThe Music Video for the controversial new Single ‘Sheik Your Belly’ is now available to view via YouTube. Followers of Danveri are able to keep up to date with future ventures and updates via his Official Artist Site and Social Media Pages which are frequently updated.

 

DANVERI

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

BY Marie-Christine Tayah

 

HOW DID IT ALL START?

It all began back in 2008. At that time, I had started working as a film music composer and sound designer; that was amazing but music actually became a serious job for me instead of being only a passion. So at some point I felt like I wanted to bring back to life those teenage memories where I used to write songs only for the pleasure of it and without constraints. The first song I wrote at this stage was “She’s All Naked” and the song had hit the charts on Lebanese radios including NRJ and Melody FM. Therefore “She’s All Naked” became the key song that drove me to start writing a whole social-satire concept album and I decided to call it “She’s All Naked” as well, since the song summarizes what you are going to hear on all the other tracks.

 

WHAT DOES SINGING MEAN TO YOU?

It’s something I can never live without. But it’s not the only thing. I play a few instruments such as the guitar, the piano, the ukulele, the oud and the harmonica, and there’s also the songwriting part. So what I aim to is not to “have a career” as a singer or be one of the technically best singers in the world – and I will never be anyway – What’s really exciting for me is to sing songs that I wrote, while playing an instrument simultaneously. I think this combination allows me to communicate an honest and authentic emotion to the audience.

 

 

WHEN DO YOU COMPOSE YOUR MUSIC?

I really never choose when to write. Songwriting is about hoping for a gift, for a moment of inspiration; and that moment, you can never tell when it comes or where it comes from. Composers often struggle to come up with something desperately and most of the time, they come to a dead-end. Then suddenly, out of nowhere a genius idea strikes them when they least expect it. However, sometimes it seems to me that I tend to write songs after something very unusual had happened and has either brought me extremely down or made me feel extremely happy. So basically, I think it’s mainly related to intense emotions.

 

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC STYLE?

It’s somewhere between Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary. The music is joyful and uplifting and the lyrics are sarcastic, controversial and can sometimes be explicit or even obscene but they all involve social criticism. People say that I sound like Smash Mouth, The Spin Doctors or even Mika but I also think there’s a lot of hidden Paul Simon, Beatles and Deep Purple in me.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM?

I believe my dream started to come true ever since I began working officially as a film music composer and producer. I have so many short-term dreams. In the meantime I’m finalizing the mix and mastering for the album “She’s All Naked” and I’m very much looking forward for its release. But I’m also working in parallel on two musicals in French, an oriental instrumental album and a classical symphonic piece. These are completely different projects but they are all my babies and a big part of my dream will come true once they are all born. As for the distant future, there will probably be new dreams and I don’t know what they will look like..

 

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT YOUR ALBUM?

“She’s All Naked” is a concept album, which means that the songs are all related to one topic, and in our case it’s about manipulation and people who are uncomfortable with themselves. Today concept albums like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” or “The Wall” are becoming rare and most people don’t have a close relationship with artists and therefore, albums and much less concept albums. They just get addicted to one song from here, another from there and they play songs in shuffle on their iPods. “She’s All Naked” tells a story, and songs are related to each other. Nevertheless, songs can be heard individually and still make sense. On the album I use basic chords progressions in order to make the songs sound simple and light, so no much complexity in terms of music composition. However, I try to emphasize on catchy themes and melodies. The lyrics also seem shallowly sexual at first sight, but when you take a closer look at them you realize that they hold deeper meanings and subliminal messages about society. There’s also the fact that I often use vocals singing in harmony with the falsetto technique as interludes between verses or choruses, which gives the songs their hook and unique character, and make them sound somehow unserious, funky and funny.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE OBSTACLES YOU WOULD FACE BEFORE RELEASING IT AND HOW DID YOU OVERCOME THEM?

The biggest obstacle was myself because I was never getting satisfied with the result and that’s why it took me so long to release “She’s All Naked”. I was always running over and over the mix again and changing things. I never had a problem with the composition itself nor with the lyrics, only with the finishing. But anyway, today I am really happy with the result and the album is going to be out in two or three months.

 

WHO ARE YOU THANKFUL TO?

All this time I have been working on “She’s All Naked” I was surrounded by amazing and very professional people notably Samer Boustany, the director of “Sheik Your Belly” music video which is now already on Youtube and on NRJ hits TV. I’m also thankful to Ghina Abboud, the director of “Dead People Never Complain” music video which will be out soon, and also Patricia Aouad who is doing all the graphic design and social media parts; and Elie Feghaly who is also helping me with the promotion and web development.

 

WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO NEW ARTISTS?

There’s nothing more elegant and noble than being an artist. I truly believe that art is what makes humanity grow wiser every day. So whether you’re a painter, a sculptor, or a composer, be proud of the gift you have and always remember that it’s something really precious. So don’t waste your time doing other jobs anyone else can do. What you can create is unique. If you’re a musician, go out and plug your instrument wherever there’s electricity and rock the globe!