By Ann Irvina Ravinther on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
On Wednesday, ERICALANDIA opened for Bruno Mars. She had a Pan-African party on Friday and then a brunch where she played Soultronica, a mix of future soul and bass. It’s impossible to box her down to a single category, let alone genre, as her eclectic taste is an intersection of sounds which she blends seamlessly.
She’s opened for Queen B — yes, Beyoncé — and joined Grammy-nominated Soulection artist Starro on a mini tour around Asia. Her colourful resume doesn’t leave out Coachella or capsule release parties for Fenty, Rihanna’s line with Puma, either. Though, you might have missed these events, have a listen to her mixes. She’s like a conductor at an amusement park, in a few minutes, her sound will take you away. Once you get off, you’d want to go again!
HOW WOULD YOUR FRIENDS DESCRIBE YOU?
I just texted my fav friend. She said “Amazing” and then I rolled my eyes at her and she said “Amazing, Thoughtful, Generous, Talented, Silly” and told me she hopes my eyeballs get stuck in the back of my head.
YOU’RE ALSO A MUSIC JOURNALIST. DO YOU THINK THAT WRITING ABOUT MUSIC HAS INFLUENCED THE WAY YOU DJ?
Being a music journalist is an extension of djing. I see it all as the same thing. I am a particular type of DJ because I started on the radio. Developing as a DJ, the air-room studio serves as a vacuum. I didn’t have to appeal to crowd response. I had complete freedom to form my musical sensibilities. My goal was and is always to break new music and expose the best new artists. I wasn’t working for nostalgia. Now, with crowds, I’m watching the dynamics, to see how far I can go and push. Writing about new artists and their music is a natural written expression of what I do with djing, supporting new artists and producers.
WHAT’S YOUR MORNING ROUTINE LIKE?
When I’m at home and not traveling, I have time to wake up and check that I’ve not slept too late. I set aside some time to visualize ideas of things that I want to happen in my life. Then I hop into emails to start responding to whatever is at the top of my inbox. Inevitably there is music library work that takes place every day. Either downloading something new or entering it into my collection and digital crates.
ONE OF THE BEST GIGS YOU’VE PLAYED AND WHY?
I can say that one of the most stunning settings I’ve played in is the Guggenheim Museum in NYC where I was brought in to curate a set of electronic + soultronica sounds. I started off with Lido’s cover of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to set the vibes. I was at the base of an 8-story spiral walkway upwards. It was amazing.
SHARE WITH US A PIECE OF ADVICE THAT YOU HOLD TO HEART.
There’s two sayings that are integral mantras to me. The first is ‘The most rigid tree is first to be snapped in the wind”. It has taken me a very long time to foster flexibility. The second is “Leap and the net will appear”.
GIVE US 3 SONGS THAT WILL START THE PARTY.
1. Anderson Paak — Am I Wrong (for the Bruno show)
2. Ayo Jay (Captain Planet Bootleg) — Your Number (for the Pan-African party)
3. GrandTheft — All the Way Up (feat. Lia Ices & Brasstracks) (one of my fav tracks on my next mix)
LASTLY, WHO IS YOUR NEXT BAE FEATURE SUGGESTION?
Asma Maroof aka Ma Nguzu. She’s an absolute beast producer/dj. I have the highest respect for where she takes a room and how.