We had the good fortune of connecting with Romina Daniele and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Romina, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Because I had no choice. I often have said: it is like a calling. I needed to write that book, that song or that poetry, even before it was commissioned or paid of course. I performed in little bars as well as on big stages, and I also tried at the beginning to have “regular” jobs, but I coudn’t go on with them too much, since I often felt myself something like raped by wasting my time or even the energy of my same thoughts. So beside my music, art and the creative process, I always did the strictly necessary. For example, about 15 years ago, I was a teacher in school, but I left once I earned enough to produce a record, it was my first one actually. I worked in a office some years later, when I needed some money more to come back in the studios. Then for some years I even have been so lucky to start working with photography, events promotions, publishing and record labels, which I continue to do nowadays. To turn back at the point, that’s not actually a “why” I pursue my artistic way, which is also a completely independent one, but it is a “how” you do it. For example, I can only sing what I feel, my music or some specific song or tribute. I can’t play everything and get booked as entertainer in every place. I can’t even teach singing or writing (which would help me to gain more and I also did it sometimes), because somehow those activities wouldn’t be strictly connected to my stream of creating music or thoughts—which is something you can only do alone, and benefiting everyone then also, since people feel what your job really is and what you’re communicating. My pursue is actually my art itself: to keep making my art and express my thoughts, as long as I am living.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My brands are two or three. My actual name, that of our own record label (RDM Records) and that of the live music venue, me and my mentioned partner have built in Miami last year, Jadys Daniele’s, which is the name of my daughter. First of all, we are indipendent artists. And that’s what I care mostly about: independence. Which is freedom. Before having my own brand, I refused some proposals, both in live shows and recording fields, because sometimes what they were proposing was entitling compromises which would had modified my creative stream. I never allowed that. The big challenge will always be and remain that to create with all your freedom, taking care of your pure talent and do not let anybody to modify it anyhow. I will be always happy to say every single goal I’ve reached it has always been on my own completely. Where I am here now, crossing the United States with my projects, is because of my true love (my daughter) who was born in Miami and that’s the path that brought me here.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
We’ll be definitely at Wynwood Brewery at least twice and then we’ll see the full epic area (not only the Wynwood Walls spot) and its amazing art. It’s full of great places and nice people all over and we’ll stop by here or there according to our mood. Since I live at the beach, Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road would be also our walk areas between a beach and another. We’ll not miss Coral Gables, Downtown, Brickell and the bayside.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Antonio Sozio was my guitar teacher when I was 15. Bruno Del Viscovo was my Italian teacher and the first open minded person I have ever been in contact with at school which is an institutional place. Two greatest friends of mine are Alessandra Di Bartolomeo and Francesca Corradini, they always gave me credit as creative mind and always have trusted my talent. My sister, Monica Daniele, has always helped me in any way. My partner in business and father of my baby, Lorenzo Marranini, always did the same too and we still carry on great projects togheter. First book I wrote was at about 17 years and was secretly dedicated to a young love, Enzo La Penna. Thanks to the professor Augusto Sainati I officially published my first book about 10 years ago, since I wrote with his guide at the University of Naples my degree thesis in history of Cinema, about the sound in films, the cinema of Luis Malle and the music of Miles Davis. (I would have pursued the University career as well, if only I didn’t need to move to Milan at the time). Some years later, at the Conservatory of Milan, Riccardo Sinigaglia helped me a lot both in composing electronic music and have concerts. Demetrio Stratos has been an unique Italian vocalist and listening to him I started my own work into the experimental vocalism field. There are also different references which have been influencing my work both in writing and music, most of them are philosophers or filmmakers or both, like Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Chion, Martin Heidegger, David Lynch, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Friedrich Nietzsche, Michelangelo Antonioni, Michelangelo Merisi, Marcel Proust, Ferdinando Pessoa. For the history of music, the greatest three of all times for me are Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Kurt Cobain.
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