Interview with Sandflower
Sandflower Dyson 22 is a native New Yorker who is currently recording material for her debut album and spends her time between NYC and London. Sandflower’s debut single *Overload *is out now on itunes. www.myspace.com/sandflowerpower + www.twitter.com/SANDFLOWERPOWER
Describe your sound as if we were deaf ?
My sound is a mixture of neon colors and electric currents. I love for the music I make to jump out of the speakers and give you a feeling as if you were taken into a different realm where colors (melodies) and textures (the beat) can speak in ways that they can’t in every day life. When I write and perform I’m aiming to give you a 360 degree experience and take you on a colorful journey through my mind.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
My primary inspirations are those people that consistently break out of the mold with their music/art and are truly themselves. My mom Dk Dyson is singer and my dad Rudy Gutierrez is a painter and from the beginning they’ve taught me that art is about being 100% yourself no matter what. I’m a super huge fan of Jimi Hendrix who broke musical barriers in ways that keep us rocking today. Of more current artists Santo Gold, Eminem, Madonna, and Kelis keep me profoundly inspired. They’re so cool, so original and have never once looked for social acceptance from anybody.
Do you have a favourite musical project that you’ve worked on?
I know it sounds cliché but my favourite musical project has to be my current project… my debut album! Yay! I already have the first single Overload out which has been getting so much love from all over the world. I recorded it in London with a dope producer named Chris Patrick of Rockism Entertainment. I’m all for taking chances and trying new things and that’s really what this project is about to me. It’s been an adventure since the moment I first landed in the UK and got in the studio with The NoizeBoys, Lastarz, Kelly and Chris. I write about what I want to write about: If I feel like talking about protons and neutrons like I do in Overload I will. That’s what I love about doing music- it’s yours so you can do whatever the heck you want!
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Honestly, I finally felt confident enough to take the chance and say to myself: Hey this is what you want so just friggin go for it! I used to be so afraid of not fitting in musically. I’m a Black girl, from Brownsville Brooklyn and when most people hear that they automatically think I’m going to jump on stage and sing R&B, but instead I sing Pop and rock out. I love R&B music and I used to wish I could sing like Alicia Keys but that’s not my style. I used to be scared of being judged as not being good enough. Now I just go for it- life is too short!
Who are some people you would like to work with?
I would really like to work with Diplo, Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Danger Mouse, and Star Trak! I love producers who can come at you with music from so many genres you can’t even figure it out, you just go with it.
How is the internet changing your craft?
The internet is definitely changing the music industry. I can record a song in London, and have it sent over and mixed in Manhattan. I can be sitting at home and writing to kids in Italy about the music they do. I love the internet! It makes the world a smaller place. Artists can have direct contact with their fans and direct contact with eachother. 20 years ago you needed a record label to do that for you. Now I can just go online and get in touch with the same sort of people that years ago I wouldn’t have had access to.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Heck Yeah! It’s important because it brings me joy and a purpose in life! It’s about love and feeling good, or picking yourself up when you are feeling down. The planet and we as human beings go through so much on a daily basis and we need music to keep us connected to each other.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
I want to keep doing music until the end of time! And, I’m also really into acting which is why my shows are so theatrical. I would love to play a super hero or evil villain, and I can rock a Shakespearian monologue at the drop of a hat- so watch out! I would also love to produce my own stuff one day. I play the piano and I have some secret beats that I’ve made, hopefully one day they’ll be good enough to play for people- so keep your eye out for me Mark Ronson!