DAXX - Golden Gate
Soft yet powerful, dark yet cheeky – DAXX’s music lives from carefully chosen contrasts. The German singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist takes you on a journey into her life, through the nightlife filled with parties and self-doubt, through states of empowerment and helplessness, constantly close to the point where you’re getting too close to be comfortable. But the simple, almost self-ironic way of presenting her songs gives even the darkest topic the little twist it needs to stay I your head and keep you excited.
DAXX is not just a name - it’s an artistic concept. ‘Dachs’ is the German word for badger, and ‘Dachs’ somehow became the nickname of Marina in her German hometown Munich (for details on why that is ask the singer when drunk). To make the name a unique artist name, DAXX was created. Represented by weird makeup, fashionable outfits and a strange and enchanting performance, DAXX is a wholesome concept, that promises you a surprise or two.
The single GOLDEN GATE was written when DAXX was 16. Though the song does not specifically refer to the refugee situation in 2015, the singer was highly influenced by the political atmosphere back then. When she moved out for college to study Political Science, she discovered her old notebook with the songs she wrote as a teenager, including GOLDEN GATE, and started to play an acoustic version in her first sets as a singer songwriter.
Now, years later, after moving to London and giving her music career a fresh start, she teamed up with producer Jake Raywood to give the song a new shape and sound, mixing her soft vocals with the urging sound of synth arpeggios and beats to give the listener a feeling of the unsteady and rushed search for something that one will possibly never find. GOLDEN GATE is still a political song in a wider context, at the same time it addresses this feeling inside each of us - searching for a place and home to escape and belong to.
8th May | Amersham Arms, London | more details soon
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DAXX 1&3: Luisa Kiendl; DAXX 2&4: Jamaloop
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