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Unifying Earth with the Street Musician Danni Lança
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Photos by Christopher Brown

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I overheard Danni Lança’s music while walking nearby my hotel in Lisbon.

I picked up on certain words in Portuguese and figured he was singing about nature preservation and questions related to the future of our planet and species.

You know me, I sensed he had powerful messages to spread, so I waited for his break to ask for an interview:

“We need unification right now, he says.

There’s lots of differences and cultures on the planet and we forget we are one tribe.

You know, as a street singer; I’ve noticed the difference… I’ve been singing on the streets for 20 years, and people are not looking at me as much.

I sing in 5 languages though, so they understand what I say. And music is the most expansive art too. Say if I danced, passersby would only use one sense to notice me.

But if they don’t see me, how could they listen?

Popular songs nowadays talk about girls, gold and Ferraris. Those lyrics are low frequency and centered around ego.

But music has power and people cannot live without it, so I hope that musicians will start writing about more interesting topics, so we can bring a positive vibe and make a difference by talking about what’s inside humans rather than appearance.”

Find your way in the episode:

1:30 lyrics - the importance of taking care of the nature and each other

4:00 humans are disconnected

5:30 the power of music

"You are Always a Work of Art" / Chatting Inspiration & Mood with Alessandro Valente

I came across Alessandro while stepping out of a store in London. When I heard his music, I chose to stop my autopilot of going from point A to point B and appreciate that moment.  After we connected, I looked through his Instagram profile and a caption stayed with me: 

“WHEN PEOPLE STOP BY AND SHARE A MOMENT OF THEIR LIVES WITH ME AND MY MUSIC, ALL THE NOISES OF THE STREET FADE OUT, DISAPPEAR FOR A SECOND, AND WE CAN FOCUS ON THE PRESENT. TOGETHER”.

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How often do you catch yourself focusing on the moment like that… And how often are you on auto-pilot?

“My overall message is to pay attention to what surrounds you. People, buildings, nature, the sky...

I play music on the streets and it's interesting to observe people and notice how they look around: the stressed ones look at the pavement, others look at the sky and take it all in... In fact, when you look at the sky, your problems are nothing. Even if you think your problems are covering you, the sky covers your problems! 

When I play, I focus on those who stare at me to connect over my music rather than just see me, because they are in the present.  

I reached a turning point two years ago after quitting my studies in Italy to come here, focus on music and discover my artistic self. 

After having had a rough patch, I started to see life as a roller coaster. Imagine you run in a field and fall in a black hole: you have to discover what's around you in the dark and find the tools to climb back up. 

It doesn't mean you can never fall in another hole again, it's a continuum, but at least you have the tools.

Since happiness is beautiful but not constant, you need those flows to appreciate it through contrasts, and for me as a writer, to have something to write about. 

I want my music to reflect that. I also see it as a sort of meditation because when I play, I tend to be elsewhere, in another state of mind, focused on the performance, attuned. 

I originally challenged myself to perform on the streets because I was afraid of people’s opinions, so I decided to play every day until I’d stop caring. I noticed that the more confident I was playing the exact same songs, the more successful I would be. That’s why I think looking inward is so important for an artist.

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Another beautiful thing I attach to music is its connection with nature. My guitar is a piece of wood, so from my perspective, I am playing a tree and the tree is playing me! It’s a relationship. Everything is musical in nature, it’s doing sounds. Birds are singing, workers on the streets, we just have to listen.   

When we met, I was playing “Winter is coming” which will be my first release from an EP called "O", that is about the flow of seasons and how it mirrors the circle of life.  This song is about taking action and "climbing up the hole" or in other words, facing mountains. 

What inspires me is the way I chose to react to pain and find my ways out and I translate it into emotions. This perspective is what defines my lyrics in general and the reason I write about positive things.
If you truly pay attention at the beauty that surrounds you, you can chose to see art everywhere, anywhere, within others and within you.

Speak Up!
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There are few guerrilla street art projects that can catch your attention and trigger emotions in you like Catcalls of NYC does. Just imagine walking down the street and reading the sentence "come blow me" or "I deserve to touch that ass"  in rainbow colors under your feet... Impossible to remain impassive.

Sophie Sandberg started chalking pavements in New York shortly after puberty, when realizing that not only men were catcalling her on a regular basis despite her young age, 15, but that passersby weren't paying attention to it.

She decided to dedicate her studies and past time learning about gender equity and raising awareness on sexual harassment, in the hope of empowering both victims and witnesses to speak up.

Listen to her inspiring story and share your experience of sexual harassment in the comments below.

Find your way in the episode:

1:00: How the project started

2:00: Compliments or harassment?

4:00: Feeling powerful by making someone feel uncomfortable

4:50: The #metoo movement

6:00 Tips to learn to speak up

8:00: Why women should be empowered

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EPISODE #2 - LOCKEDART

In this second episode, I have interviewed a Venice artist on the art of being aware of little things and present in the moment, and the idea that it only takes a couple seconds to brighten someone's day.

He has been leaving hand-written quotes all over town anonymously for a couple years, such as "Trust your dopeness", "The world is full of nice people, if you can't find one, be one", or "Hey, it's going to be okay".

We discuss what let him to want to bring some of the European "joie de vivre" to Los Angeles, after having himself been able to travel, disconnect and enjoy doing "nothing".

 

Find your way in the episode:

01:30 The tourist's eyes

04:00 Art as a way to disconnect 

08:00 Adding positivity in the world

12:00 How it all started - Le Pont des Arts, Paris

14:00 Destiny

17:30 Turning point & cultural shock: moving on after traveling and playing soccer

20:00 The importance of self-love

23:00 Being present in the moment, the difference between Europe & the States

 

References:

His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lockedart/

His website: www.coffeeandtings.com

 

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Appreciate the smaller things in life
— Lockedart