- Inanna, why did you decide to dedicate your music entirely to environmental and animalist issues?
Hello, thank you for having me! Last year, around the beginning of 2019, I felt I needed to do something more with my music, that I wanted to put in words and melodies what I really cared about and what it is, in these times, so necessary to talk about: the future of nature and animals on our planet, the future of humanity on Earth in the age of the Anthropocene. Once I decided that I wanted all my songs to be about the environment and the Earth, they all came out very fast and it all made sense to me. Adding the Middle-eastern touch was also a fundamental piece, because of my 10-year-long passion for bellydance.
In this new eco-ethno-electropop project, I feel I have finally found my true voice and message as a singer.
- What brought you to redifine yourself as a singer and performer in this new project?
In order to transmit the environmental and futuristic message in the best way possible, I decided to change name and image, to give a more mythical and timeless quality to the project. I chose to embody Inanna, the Sumerian goddess of harvest, love, but also war and justice. I had never felt that a name or an image could represent me in such a thorough way, but I found it through the ancient figure of Inanna.
- How many songs have you released so far and when are you planning to release your first album?
There are 3 singles out so far: Nefertiti XXI, a song about the importance of a female perspective in politics in order to take better care of our planet; On Fire, a powerful anthem against deforestation and climate change: Where We Belong, which came out yesterday, another strongly environmental song about witnessing and acknowledging what is happening around us.
There will be one more before we release the album, Acrotopia vol.1, at the end of February/beginning of March 2020! I am very excited to share this project with the world, to promote an alliance among all beings, to stand up for our home, planet Earth.
- What are your mail goals as Inanna for 2020?
The first one is the album release of course, then playing at Earth Day 2020 (this year the event turns 50) and many other environmental or animalist events an festivals.
Another main goal is to start fruitful collaboration with artists and environmentalists who share my views.
- What do you think that each of us can do to contribute to save our planet?
First of all: go vegan! One of the best and fastest things you can do for the planet right now, to cut greenhouse gasses emissions enourmously is to avoid animal products (meat, fish, dair and eggs). Also: use public transport or get an electric or hybrid car, avoid flying when you don't need it, recycle, don't over-buy clothes or other objects you don't need, spread the word, make art for the Earth, save animals in need!
-When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
My mom says I made my first song at 8 months year old, hehe. She says I was strumming on the guitar and I was repeating some "lyrics" with a very clear pattern. I guess that's where it started ;-)
-Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
As activists/environmentalists: Jane Goodall, Greta Thunberg, Leonadro DiCaprio, Andrea Crosta, and all those vegans who want to change the world out there. As musicians: Placebo, Sevdaliza, Niyaz, Skunk Anansie, Sigur Ros, Natacha Atlas, Muse. Lately I am obsessed with Unsecret and Grandson :-)
-What would you like to achieve as an artist?
I would love to reach and build my community and to promote the environmental and animalist issues as the main concerns of our times, as something that should be at the very center of culture right now. I hope I'll contribute to make them so.
-What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
So far, the moment I realized that Inanna was me and I was her, and that through that image I felt I had the perfect playground to make and play all the music I had always wanted.
-Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
No one very known so far, but I've had the honor to work with amazing producers like Joshua F. Williams in the US and Nock Music in Spain. For the future: I would love to duet with Brian Molko, or have Moby remix one of my songs :-)
-What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
More music for the Earth, nature, animals and all Earthlings! Definitely more performances, hopefully with Middle-Eastern inspired dance on stage. And more Acrotopia volumes full of eco-ethno-electropop music!
-Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Yes! Be my allies for the Earth! The time has come to stand up, altogether, for lands and animals and the future of humans on this planet.