Danni Jackson recently wowed us with track ‘So Sick’, so much so that we couldn’t resist the opportunity for having a little chat with her. Listen to the stunning track above and then get to know her, learn about her influences, other talents and what we can expect to hear from her very soon.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it?
I would say it’s definitely Pop with an R’n’B, hip hop influenced twist!
Are there any influences that might not be obvious at first?
Yes I think so, I mean Hip Hop is a huge influence on me, the way artists like Drake piece his sentences together, Kid Cudi, Kendrick Lamar, the level of intelligence in the lyrics really influences me and how I write. Also, I am highly influenced by indie and rock bands like Mumford and Sons and Foo Fighters, and the way they write, the content. Really it’s any music that is about something real. If it speaks to me, it influences me. Another huge one is Alanis Morissette, the way she expresses herself is so honest and brilliant.
You’ve been involved with dance for years, what was the transition from dance to
It was a good transition really, I mean I started dancing when I was 10 years old and ended up teaching for about 10 years, it wasn’t until the last 2 years of teaching that I began to really take music seriously as a career and have the confidence to say actually this is what I am going to do. Although I stopped teaching to do music, dancing will always be a part of what I do as an artist, I really want to incorporate it more into things now I have found my sound.
What’s the story behind ‘We Aint Got Love’ + ‘So Sick’?
We Ain’t Got Love was an extremely personal song for me to write, it is about the breakdown of my parent’s marriage from my Mum’s perspective and what she went through at that time, how she felt. I was extremely involved and exposed to a lot, at that time as a very young girl, nothing was hidden from me, so I really saw what it did to her emotionally and physically, everything I say in the song is how she felt, I am singing as her.
For So Sick, I just remember getting the beat from Juan and thinking, Whoa this could be so strong if I write it well enough and it was obvious to me from listening to the first 10 seconds of the keys that it had to be about the raw emotion of being hurt by someone. The lyrics just flowed, I wrote it really quickly. It is less personal than ‘We Aint Got love’, it wasn’t written specifically about one experience, more about the general feeling of just repeatedly being messed around and finding strength in return.
If your songs were the soundtrack for a film, which one would it be and why?
This is a hard one! I would say ‘He’s just not that into you’ haha because the films shows all the different emotions and things you go through when being fucked over by someone and I write about that quite a lot because it just speaks to so many people. I also write about love and how wonderful it is and have songs with other content about life (it is important to me to write about things other than love) but for the moment I would say that film!
If you could collaborate with any artist/s, who would it be and why?
I would collaborate with Drake definitely, I just love his writing style, the flow he has, and I would love to write with him, that would be a dream!!!
Who or what inspires you right now?
Right now I am so inspired by Jhene Aiko and have been for about 18 months, her EP ‘sail out’ was just one of the best EP’s I have ever heard. I saw Jack Garratt live the other night and haven’t felt that inspired in a while, he is just beyond incredible it blew my mind; he makes me want to be a better artist!
What else can we expect to hear in the future?
In future you can expect to hear more collaborations with Juan Donovan, his producing style clicks with me so we will be working together a lot more. I am going to release a number of singles next year with music videos for all of them, it is important to have a visual, with potentially looking at releasing a project by the end of 2017. I will be gigging a lot next year also around London and collaborating with other artists. Just pushing for this music thing! It’s not a want, it’s a need with me, so I won’t stop until it happens.