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Art & Life with Danielle Lande

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Lande.

Danielle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Hey, thanks for having me! I’m a singer-songwriter. I currently live in Los Angeles and I actually grew up in Sherman Oaks as well.

I’ve been writing music since I was 15. Initially, songwriting was my private emotional outlet for dealing with queer adolescence. Given that entry point, I formed a habit of keeping my creative output secret. It took years to shift that internal narrative and get comfortable with the idea of sharing my music publicly.

About a year ago I began performing original material live in Los Angeles. I’ve met so many talented musicians since then and I’m thrilled to be a part of this vibrant artistic community. It’s been wild to experience such a rapid shift in my creative life over the last year. I can now say with confidence that I love the live performance element of my art, not just the writing process. I’m so grateful that people keep coming out to my shows.

I also recently established Queersound, a new music night spotlighting members of the lgbtq+ community. I’m doing my best to create a warm, supportive space where queer artists and art lovers can connect. The first few shows have been lovely and we’ll be expanding in 2019. Hope to see you at the next one!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I write all my own music and lyrics. I primarily play keys and ukulele. I’ve also messed around a bit with the melodica. I have a jazz vocal background and my writing style is heavily influenced by the Great American Songbook, i.e., old jazz standards. I’m like a jazzy gay Carole King.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
My art is a reflection of my life. I tend to write about personal moments – my relationships with others and myself. My perspective is inherently shaped by being a queer Jewish woman and it’s important to me to use truthful pronouns in love songs. I cannot and do not wish to separate myself from my identities.

Writing and performing is healing for me. If I’m able to affect others through my creative expression, I’m flattered and grateful for that. Music can be a powerful tool for fostering human connection, offering a unique type of shared intimacy. I see that opportunity as a privilege rather than a responsibility. 

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My next show is coming up on February 9th at Hotel Cafe. You can also follow me on social media @daniellelande and sign up for my mailing list via my website to get notified about future shows and media. I recently began posting videos on YouTube and I’ll be releasing music this year. Be sure to stay tuned into @queersound as well!

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Image Credit:
Tay Barrett, Dani Chase, Rill Causey

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