Try dancing sans music and you will end up looking like a ludicrous parody of someone like the late Patrick Swayze who held one-and-all spellbound dancing with Jennifer Grey in the famed movie Dirty Dancing. Whether you are listening to one of Beethoven’s 9 symphonies or are reduced to a rap song by J. Cole, you might not be able to sit still before the song ends. You would be energized into moving your body parts and some dance form will not only overtake you but flow out of you. Singer-songwriter/dancer Dhimira attests to this.
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“Ideally, I would like to be studying business and music at a university in the US, performing gigs on the side, and continuing to put out my music and covers online.
How has life been?
Life has been pretty good actually! I've had to prioritize school at the moment, but I think I've learned to keep a pretty decent balance of studying vs music/dance that really helps me be productive in both while also getting time off.
Please tell us about your musical journey so far. When did you learn to play guitar or started singing?
I started singing when I was about 10 and have been doing classical vocal lessons ever since, and I've really grown to love it. I would say I'm pretty much self-taught when it comes to guitar, I did lessons for a few months a few years ago but decided to pick it up again by myself a bit after.
Who do you look up to outside of music?
My dance teacher Rei, [who] is only 15 years old and a close friend of mine. I think looking at how hard she works pushes me to do better too, especially because she's so young.
What message do you want your listeners to get when they listen to your music?
I'm in the early stages of my work, and I don't have a clear vision for my music just yet. But I think I would want anyone listening to know that if they decided to follow me on my journey with music, they won't regret it, and I'm going to try my best to make every song better than the last.
How did you learn to dance?
I was a huge K-Pop fan about two, three years ago, (I still like the music, I'm just not as passionate about it as I used to be) and I started by learning a BTS choreography just for fun. One led to another, and dance practice became part of my daily routine. I started weekly hip hop classes a little over a year ago and then fell in love with hip hop dance over the next few months.
and dance practice became part of my daily routine
Who do you want to collaborate with?
As far as collaborations go, I'm totally open to working with anyone who wants to cover a song or perform together. I'm not sure if I would want to write a song with anyone just yet because I'm working on finding my own style in my music for now, but I would also love to feature on a track if I like how it sounds and I think it fits my style.
Who's your favorite local artist?
I haven't seen as many local artists live as I would like, but when I performed at KAVE's open jam at Alserkal Avenue, I watched Reuben and Dana perform together as well, and they were [absolutely] amazing to listen to. I'm [definitely] looking forward to watching them again in the future.
What's your songwriting process?
My songwriting process isn't a fixed one, I just start writing when any sort of inspiration comes to me. It could be lyrics or a topic I thought about when I let my mind wander off, a short melodic phrase I improvised inspired by a song I was listening to, or a couple of chords that I thought sounded really nice together and decided to put into a progression.
Tell us about your first guitar.
I got my first guitar years ago when I first decided I wanted to start playing. It's a Yamaha acoustic guitar, and it's still with me today, although I tend to use my newer electric guitar more often now.
My songwriting process isn't a fixed one
If you were to choose only one, what would it be dance or music?
I think it would be music, because the way I see it, movement in dance is built off the music, not vice versa. I think they go together in a way that I would hate to pick one, but music will always be something more personal to me.
I can't pick a favorite, but I love desserts.
"I wrote and produced my first song ever in year 9 at school (two years ago) for a pop songwriting contest the music department organized and was one of two winners for it, so that boosted my songwriting confidence a bit!"Follow Dhimira: