We had the good fortune of connecting with Dana Rexx and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dana, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
For me being an artist is not a choice. Being a singer and creator is something that I thrive on and it also enables me to reach out to my fans and help them through hard times, just like music helped me through life’s ups and downs so far. I survived a traumatic loss at a very young age, and I moved around a lot with my parents as a child and had to change schools and environments regularly, so I found myself rarely fitting in. I turned to music to find a place where I could belong and overcome, and at one point I realised I didn’t want to fit into the norm at all, there’s nothing special about being like everyone else. In my adult life I had a good office job and I even built my own successful consulting business from scratch, but working on other people’s dreams just doesn’t give me the joy and fulfilment I feel when I am creating or touching lives from the stage, which is much more organic and real than anything else.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Because of my own experiences I am passionate about encouraging people to unveil their inner Warrior by changing how they perceive themselves. I have made it my mission to uplift and empower fans across the globe by creating a world through music, performance and community, where they can connect and feel powerful enough to follow their dreams and live the life they want as opposed to the path that others impose on them, be it by culture, tradition or archaic teachings. This is also visible in my branding and artwork where I use strong imagery interpreting different Warrior figures in my own way.
I am an avid activist for equal rights as well as animal rights and I frequently do campaigns around those subjects. In March 2021 I did a 4-week campaign to raise awareness about the different forms of domestic violence and the psychological impact, that regularly leaves deeper scars than the physical injuries. I dedicated a song to the campaign called ‘Love Syndrome’ with an accompanying lyric video, that I put together myself, as a chilling interpretation of the psychological imprisonment associated with partner and domestic violence situations.
As a survivor of a narcissistic abuser, I have only recently started my healing process and felt ready to talk about it in public, in the hope I can help others with what they are experiencing and get them on the road to mental recovery. During the campaign I did fundraisers for charities that work with victims of abuse, I was interviewed on podcasts and radios to get help resources out there to those who need it.
Domestic abuse is a violation of human rights that remains underestimated and under-tackled, and during the pandemic the problem has only become worse. It’s my way of turning a negative experience into a positive action by opening up about it so it can help others deal. It’s crazy how many people, even some I know personally, sent me messages saying they also had similar experiences and some with lasting health problems because of it.
Now the next thing on the calendar for me is the release of a 5-track EP on 2 June with a follow up EP in the fall and I cannot wait to start touring my brand new live show with my fantastic band when events are back!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m used to travelling a lot and used to come to LA at least once a year in spring for meetings with music professionals but with Covid I have been stuck in Belgium for so long. I really miss it and cannot wait to come back soon. My favorite place to hang out in the evenings is Toluka Lake to meet people from the industry and listen to their crazy stories, or West Hollywood to catch a concert in some edgy place or ride a mechanical bull in a bar. The city is also a great place to do cool photoshoots amongst the special architecture like the Walt Disney Concert Hall or the Arts District with its beautiful spray-painted walls. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my amazing Warrior fans! They are the ones pushing me to encourage them, and we feed off each other’s energy and it’s just beautiful to see them grow into the confident individual beings they are becoming. And I am honored I can provide the soundtrack to that positive change in people.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Lg4zmbYBtkzrdmajL8LIt?si=qd2mCdtLRBecQ10uce-lew
Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/be/artist/dana-rexx/1324231488
Photos downtown LA (painted walls): KC Thunders All other pictures: Thomas Gunst www.aerialviews.be