Residing in Tel Aviv, Israel, but born in Russia, Sasha Daniel is a multicultural actress, singer and producer. Oozing sincerity and genuineness via her electronic-pop sound, Daniel has a talent for being captivating and insatiable. We speak with Daniel about her EP Too Much Information, favourite items of clothing and much more.
OSR: What was the inspiration for your new EP Too Much Information?
Daniel: For me, inspiration is everywhere. It wasn’t just one moment in time – all the things around me inspire me.
OSR: What is your EP all about?
Daniel: Too Much Information is basically like a conversation with a good friend; my story of the last few years. I spent ten years in New York and recently returned to Tel Aviv and I think that I needed something that will summarise this period of time and encapsulate it in order to move forward to the next story. The songs are different from one another and cover many subjects – freedom of choice, depression, love, open relationships, ageing.
OSR: Did you face any challenges when recording Too Much Information?
Daniel: I think the biggest challenge was the need to release them earlier. After I realised they weren’t finished and let go of how I wanted it to happen, the right path showed itself and I finished the production with an incredible producer who helped me make the songs whole.
OSR: If you could change one thing about the EP what would it be?
Daniel: It’s a tricky question to ask an artist. We constantly want to change things because we change and grow all the time, but that’s why releasing is so important. It is what it is. I’m not even gonna think about what I would have changed, it’s a bottomless pit. I’ll just make something new. 🙂
OSR: Which is your favourite track on Too Much Information and why that one?
Daniel: The first track, ‘What Is A Mistake’, is my favourite because I really like the message of the song. I believe we shouldn’t think of life as a collection of good or bad choices. It’s much more complex than that. People should be reminded of that more often.
OSR: What about your least favourite track?
Daniel: If I had one of those it wouldn’t have been on the EP. 🙂
OSR: What do you hope people take from the record?
Daniel: I just really hope people listen to the lyrics. It’s not just the music and the production I care about. I come from words and I always listen to what other artists write about, so I hope people do the same with my songs.
OSR: What sort of music do you listen to most?
Daniel: It changes all the time. It depends on my mood. I listen to trip-hop, lo-fi, pop, indie, folk indietronica and much, much more.
OSR: If you could visit any other country where would you go and why there?
Daniel: Iceland. I need to meet the people who make such incredible music and hike those mountains. What a trippy fascinating place it must be.
OSR: Do you have a message for our readers?
Daniel: At this point in time, when everything seems so scary and hopeless, I try to remind myself and all the people I love that we can do little things that help others. We don’t have to think about the scary grandiose picture. The little things matter. If we focus on being good on a small scale our lives will become better.