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Interview with Josefina Dusk

Three, two, one, boom! Idiosyncratic Josefina Dusk is about to establish herself on conservative czech music scene

Eliška Kulhavá

 

Few days ago, I have done an interview with a lovely human being, singer, songwriter, and producer Josefina Dusk. Josefina is a 23-year-old czech artist, earlier based in London, now working on her art here in Czech. She entered the music scene confidently by releasing her new music video to song called Somewhat Sideways and appealing to many fans of alternative music. Her original music genre is as interesting, original, and different, as her fashion style and personality.

 

You are one of the new performers on the scene so not many people know about your story. Let’s talk about it to introduce you. When did you realize that you are into music?

Well, I probably realized it when I was very young, but originally, I wanted to be an actress. Quite important is even the fact, that my father is also a singer, it was always in my blood. The very first step was attending Prague Conservatory. But, honestly, I didn’t really enjoy studying there. It was more about acting and not about music. And imagining myself acting my whole life like I'm somebody else? I later realized it doesn’t really work for me. The only thing I liked about that was the life in Prague, full of freedom, far away from home.

 

So, what was your next step?

I wasn't really sure what to do after finishing the school. I decided to move to London where my brother was already living, I wanted to be close to him. He taught me a lot. Besides of showing me new music and interesting songs, he taught me many things about life. When he left London and I felt lonely, I actually started with creating my own music.

 

"Busking in London was fun but at one point of our live it wasn’t enough."

 

Before having the confidence to perform your own music, did you try to become a singer by singing covers?

Exactly, I started busking with my brother. Firstly, we worked in a hotel where we made some money so we could buy the music equipment. Busking in London was fun but at one point of our live it wasn’t enough. In fact, for me it wasn’t enough even when we made one song together, with my brother. Making a song all alone is simply the most fulfilling activity which makes you feel better when you’re not feeling great.

 

’’But even though it comes from my sadness, it is something what makes me happy. It’s basically a paradox.’’

 

Does it mean that your songs come from sadness?

Yeah. I was feeling so bad and there was nothing I could do to stop myself from being so anxiously. I started with song-writing because it was helping me. I could let my feelings out of me throughout the music. But even though it comes from my sadness, it is something what makes me happy. It’s basically a paradox.

 

Let’s describe the genre of your music.

The most important words to describe my music are dark, electronic, experimental, pop, disco, alternative, and synth-pop. All these styles are combining and mixing in a different amount in every song of mine. This music genre doesn’t have a name yet, maybe I should come up with one…

 

And is there anybody who influenced you in your music?

There are many people behind it. Firstly, there is Alex, my friend from London, who showed me how to use all the electronic stuff I’m using till today. Then there’s Jay, my source of energy, motivation, and psychical support. He also helps me with the lyrics and with making of some cool and weird loops which I’m turning into songs.

 

Besides of the music, what makes you happy?

I’m happy that I have met the person I love infinitely. It’s my lovely Jay. We’re both living in a village here in Czech now and being together, making our own music, that’s like a dream. Besides that, I enjoy doing all the creative things such as drawing, manufacturing (I really love doing miniatures) or wearing and designing original outfits!

 

’’But honestly, when I’m creating an outfit for a performance, I have to consider the group of the people which it will be listening to. Not many people would admit it, but we all dress up to be liked by others.’’

 

The outfits you are wearing are amazing. I feel like it is one of the most important parts of your work.

I simply love it. I often buy some stuff on Second Hands and I’m turning it into interesting and crazy outfits. Sometimes I even make my own clothing or design it for somebody else. Wearing an interesting outfit makes me feel good and it makes me feel being myself during my performances. But honestly, when I’m creating an outfit for a performance, I have to consider the group of the people which it will be listening to. Not many people would admit it, but we all dress up to be liked by others.

 

And finally. Where do you see yourself in few years? I hope you will continue with music.

I would love to, but you know, we can’t really plan anything these days. I don’t have an exact plan for future, I just want to be happy and if this was just one short part of my life and I will not do music later, I’m accepting it. But of course I love what I’m doing right now and if I could choose, I would see myself in Berlin, where is this kind of music a little bit more extended and popular, shooting new and new music videos to my songs, because this is what makes me happy lately.

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