Pop-newcomer DíLondon is making her mark and rocking dance floors worldwide with her debut release ĎX Marks The Spotí. The radio-ready club compilation is a mix of thirteen Ga Ga-esque tracks; fun, experimental and thrashing.
Born in Romania to musically talented parents, DíLondon found her way to Southern California where her carefree and fun approach to music was founded and is evident throughout ĎX Marks the Spotí. Hooking up with Grammy Nominated mix-producer Jon Gass, DíLondon worked on navigating the albumís sound to a new level.
With the tightly produced debut and sexy onstage persona, DíLondon is ready to hit the American mainstream; joining the ranks among her fellow pop princess divas.
Exclusive Magazine had the opportunity to chat with DíLondon about the new album, ĎX Marks the Spotí, her upcoming tour schedule and how a young girl from Romania found herself in the middle of an American pop revolution.
Your music has a clear dance and electro-pop style. Who were your musical influences growing up and how many still factor into your music today? "Growing up I was and still am a big fan of David Foster's music, in particular Peter Cetera( Chicago Group). David Foster throughout the years has produced a wide range of music."
You just released your debut album ĎX Marks The Spotí, as an up-and-coming artist, how would you describe the sound and style of your music? "My album has a range of dance/electronica to harmonic ballads. It encompasses the many facets and depth of who I am."
You worked with award-winning and Grammy nominated producer Jon Gass (Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna) on the new album. How has this renowned talent helped with the sound and direction of ĎX Marks The Spotí? "Jon Gass took on this project amidst his hectic schedule, because he believed in the product...He was able to remix/ some of the pieces and remaster the album...His long time expertise in the business and his incredible talent helped top off a great album!"
You grew up in a musical family; with a jazz pianist and music arranger for a father and a classically trained violist for a mother who performed with the L.A. Philharmonic. How did these musical exposures contribute to your development as an artist? "The musical talent in my family is incredible! I have been surrounded all my life with musicians of great caliber! I chose to go in a non classical/non jazz direction. My radio influences listening to David Foster/ Peter Cetera growing up, gave me a profound love for pop music. The musical talent passed on in my family is very admirable...My house without music, would not be my house."
Your new single, ďX Marks The SpotĒĒ has gotten tons of airplay since itís release. What can we expect from the rest of the new album? "Actually, besides X Marks The Spot, Reach For The World and Wishing (For You) have also gotten great airplay.... Different stations prefer a more hip hop ( Reach For The World) or a more ballad sounding ( Wishing For You).... All three have gotten nationwide exposure."
In addition to U.S. airplay, your music is also in heavy rotation, continually charting in the top 10 most requested songs on Radio Boss, an internet radio station based out of your native Romania. How do you think your success in Romania will translate across the globe? "I believe that Radio Boss is just a beginning in Europe. I am now on many online sites in Romania."
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"These are just some examples of sites I am on. Europe is a great resource for me, I am also working on doing a show beginning of the year in Latin America [and] Honduras."
How easy or hard is it to create a new, vibrant, wanted-by-the-public sound that both builds on and surpasses the musical wonderments and accomplishments that preceded it within the industry? "In producing my album, the one main ingredient I wanted it to have is my personality. I believe if you put your heart and soul into it, people will be able to relate to the artist and follow the artist's musical destiny. The public wants to relate to the songs they incorporate in their life, on their commute home or when it's time to let loose. Putting yourself out there and refreshing the audience with a new perspective is important to a new artist's career."
You recently performed live at the Kick Gas Festival at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. What is your favorite part of performing live and what can fans expect from a DíLondon show? "My favorite moment was when I could see in people's eyes that they were now a fan of me and my music! I had a fabulous time "shakin it" with my dancers! I love to dance, it was HOT, sexy and real! Fans can expect that they will be excited with the music, the shaking and the sexiness!"
The Kick Gas Festival was touted as ĎThe West Coastís Largest Eco Festivalí. How were you approached to be a part of this campaign and how do you think musicians can use their involvement in causes like the Kick Gas Festival to spread awareness about social and environmental issues? "The Festival provided great environmental awareness for their attendees. The artists/musicians that were part of this amazing festival were able to entertain the fans. It was a great awareness event, and yet it was incredibly entertaining. As a performer for this event, it was very refreshing to know that I was supporting such a great global campaign!"
If asked to record one for charity, what '80s (and possibly cheesy!) pop/rock song would you love to cover today and why? "I would absolutely have to say I would be honored to record 'We Are The World'. The incredible talent that was part of that recording and the beautiful message to inspire, would give me my "I made it moment". When a song from so many years ago can still give you goose bumps when you hear it, you know that it's a song to embrace; after all, the message that it leaves behind is that we all are the world."
Lastly, and throwing you a journalistic curve ball, Exclusive Magazine loves penguins, do you? "Really? Yes, actually I do! After seeing the documentary film on the penguins, I left the movie theater with a new respect and love for those little fellows; athough, I'm not sure if they bite people!"
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Interviewed by: Erin M. Stranyak
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