We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Eva Schwob and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle Eva, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I think constantly teaching myself new skills along the way has been important, be it new software programs, instruments, marketing platforms, plugins, management ideas, approaches to different genres or musical forms, or anything else. Both so that I can meet needs of projects as they arise, and so that I can be a better collaborator to whoever I’m working with. Learning on the job is part of what keeps things interesting. Additionally, I think the fact that I am an optimist in that I believe things will come together and work out in the long run, but a pragmatist in that I am always looking for weak spots in projects so that I can fix them before they go awry has been important. Sometimes people see that as pessimism. I think it’s the opposite.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a composer and musician who works across the concert hall, film / TV, and alternative, the latter of which centers around my recording artist project DELANILA, for which I am the writer, vocalist, producer and also play guitars / synths and arrange strings. I’m classically trained and have a degree in music but grew up playing guitar in rock bands, and along the way have also become increasingly involved with editing and directing video. Right now I’d say I’m probably the most proud of my most recent work for DELANILA as well as an album of “classical” pieces (or whatever genre we’re calling it) that I have coming out this August 13th, called “Out of the Tunnel.” The latter in particular has some of my favorite visuals and music, and is the result of longstanding collaborations with some of my favorite players in NYC. Whatever I am working on, I try to create music that communicates something sincere, and that takes quiet, internal emotional experiences and makes them loud and overwhelming in their arc. I like big sounds. And big, immersive projects. I would like people to know all that, as well as that while I sing, play, arrange etc., I’m a composer before anything else.
As far as my general career trajectory, getting here has been a result of determination and persistence, as well as trying to create work that’s original and authentic. It’s also been a balancing act between working on other artists’ projects and taking a more entrepreneurial approach to my own personal work. This has been both in running my own label ZYG ZYG, a production entity / concert series called SYZYGY, and in numerous other self-driven projects, all of which I’ve always felt were important to pursue – they’re opportunities to hone your voice on your own terms and show people who you are, which is harder to do on commercial projects early on. I think the most valuable lesson I’ve learned along the way is just how important it is to be part of a creative community. Making music at the professional level doesn’t happen in a vacuum, and we all need people to bounce ideas off, collaborate with, and help develop connections along the way. It’s gratifying to watch other creators grow into their voices and rise professionally, remembering where we all started off together years ago and seeing recognized “scenes” emerge over time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite spot in the city to eat is Blair’s in Silverlake. It’s delicious Italian food and wine in a beautiful yet unpretentious setting, and it’s the first place I go to eat when I get back to town. Cafe Birdie is another favorite in Highland Park, Little Beast in Eagle Rock, and Running Goose in Hollywood, as well as a great taco truck I just discovered called Mariscos Jalisco around Boyle Heights. Negronis and wine are my drinks of choice, and for a long time 4100 Bar was my local, as I like sitting in the dark and it reminds me of NYC, then Little Joy, The Semi-Tropic and Bar Covell are other favorites. Pre-COVID I’d have had more to say in regards to art and culture, but the Ace and the Marciano are regular stops of mine, then if my hypothetical “visiting friend” had time I’d head out to Solvang for wine and a break from the city. Buttonwood Vineyards is my first stop.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
James Mountford, Bryan Senti, David Bottrill, Steph Economou and Emily Lazar. None are wanting for recognition, but they are all people and collaborators who I like and whose work I admire.
Sara Laufer, Nolwen Cifuentes, Adrian Buckmaster, Aleksandr Karjaka