Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, from New York City, we have an incredible singer/songwriter “Dejha Colantuono”. This multi-talented artist has self-taught many instruments including drums, bass, keyboards, and guitar before ultimately finding her signature soulful yet undeniably rock-and-roll voice.
So, Let’s get to know more about this incredible artist, about her challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
My name is Dejha. Independent Rock.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
I grew up in a very musical household but I began to immerse myself in music when I was 14. I got really into collecting vinyl. I love the experience of coming home with a new record and reading every liner note…looking at art and photos while the record is spinning in the background.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
Sassari in Sardinia Italy. I was on tour with my all-female, Punk Rock, New Wave band Rotten Apples. We played this weird shitty “club” and it was packed with kids and adults alike. It was hot and sweaty as fuck but we put on a great, energetic show. It was so cool… Everyone was chanting “hey hey” and singing along with us. Fantastic.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
I would venture to say that I have done that so many times I couldn’t pinpoint one specific occasion. I try to allow my mistakes to simply be imperfections which is how we exist. We are imperfect creatures and fuck ups can just be happy accidents if you let yourself off the hook!
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
Bowie (duh), everyone in TV on the Radio, Jonny Greenwood, Sia, Mark Ronson, …shit, I could go on and on but I think the common thread with all of these players is that they all seem to breathe music. There is nothing forced about the way the music these folks make. They just breathe music.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
What is balance? Kidding. I guess just to be as present as you can in all areas of your life without looking too far ahead.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Consistency. Finding ways to play music every day. Learning how to trust my process and not compare it to anyone else. I don’t know that I have overcome but I am consciously working on it every day.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
Eh…I have been lazy until now. I am learning to care for my voice in a different way and I am actively studying different instruments including some that I already play. Does that answer the question?
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
I’m not very techy but I am getting into using more pedals with my voice and instruments. Loopstation, octave pedal and shit like that.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Don’t follow in my footsteps. Boldy be yourself and play a little every day..make it like breathing.
So, this was “Dejha Colantuono”. Want to know how you can follow her online? Then, check out the link below: