Interview with Malaysian R&B singer Dasha Logan
Meeting Dasha Logan, you get that instant impression of a soft-spoken, next-door-neighbour, almost shy-looking young lady. However, once she starts singing, you realise that there is so much energy packed behind her voice, as well as passion! Meet 26 year old Dasha Logan who has caught our attention at Afrocentricity Unleashed and has completely mesmerized us with her almost hypnotic voice(more like sirens beckoning to sailors lost at sea).
Dasha`s musical style can be described as eclectic since it amalgamates genres like Soul, RnB, Neosoul, and Jazz to create a very mature and passionate blend of music. Trust me guys, you want to listen to Dasha while lounging at the end of a hard day`s work, running through the park, walking your dog…EVERYTIME ACTUALLY!
Please enjoy our interview as we get up close and personal with the incredible Soul and RnB singer, Dasha Logan.
Afrocentricity unleashed: We would like to say a big thank you for honouring our invitation to this interview session Dasha.
Dasha Logan: My pleasure! Thank you for having me!
Afrocentricity unleashed: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Dasha Logan: Well, HI! I’m Dasha and I’m a singer/song writer
Afrocentricity unleashed: Where did you grow up and what was it like?
Dasha Logan: I grew up in a little island in Malaysia called Penang. It was a blast growing up by the sea!
Afrocentricity unleashed: You grew up in a musical family since your grandmother was a singer, and your dad as well as your Uncle David were members of the late 70s/early 80s group called The Alleycats. How did these influences affect your resolve to go into singing professionally?
Dasha Logan: My father was always performing around and outside Malaysia and we (my mother, brother and I) always watched him when we could. This made music a very big part of my life. Watching my father practice and perform was always my favourite thing to do. This made me want to sing as well from a very young age and I always knew that I wanted to be a singer.
Afrocentricity unleashed: When would you say your professional musical career finally started and what signified the beginning of this realisation?
Dasha Logan: I pin-point the beginning of my professional musical career when I could charge for my profession, that happened when I was 18 and sang at my very first wedding as a wedding singer.
Afrocentricity unleashed: Did you experience stage fright at the early stages of your career?
Dasha Logan: Yes very much so.
Afrocentricity unleashed: Could you give us a scenario where you experienced stage fright, how it felt for you, and how you overcame it?
Dasha Logan: When I was 14 I took part in a singing competition in a shopping mall. Just as I got up on stage and began to sing, I looked up and saw hundreds of people looking down, watching me sing. Even though I managed to finish the song, I got off stage shaking and telling my family that I didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t do it! And I didn’t want to do it anymore. I was overwhelmed with the fear of embarrassing myself. I had decided to quit singing.
2 years later, it was my mother who helped me start singing again. We were at another shopping mall that was coincidentally holding a talent competition. She secretly signed me up and when the time came, I heard my name being called to stage. Nervous, but not wanting to embarrass myself by avoiding the call, I walked up on stage and sang “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. It was exhilarating being on stage and have everyone (which included some friends from school who were in the crowd) cheer for me. I won, but it was not the prize that got me singing again. It was how happy it made me to sing out loud, to a crowd of people.
Afrocentricity unleashed: How would you describe your musical style?
Dasha Logan: it’s quite a mix of everything, as I have been influenced by many kinds of music. But mostly I like writing songs with an RnB feel, some soul and a little jazz when I can.
Afrocentricity unleashed: Who are your musical inspirations and influences?
Dasha Logan: My music influences are the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, John Legend and my father, Loga.
Afrocentricity unleashed: How would you say the journey has been leading up to now?
Dasha Logan: There have been lots of up’s and down’s. Some think that being in the musical business is just about performing, but it’s not. There’s so much work and passion and emotion put into it. It is not easy, but it’s worth it.
Afrocentricity unleashed: Have you released any singles or albums so far?
Dasha Logan: Yup!
Afrocentricity unleashed: I believe your fantastic single “Cleverly” produced by Triple O Productions( Twitter : @osmoojak) was released on the 12th of October. What does this single mean to you and how do you feel about it?
Dasha Logan: Cleverly is the first single from the forthcoming album and it feels exactly like I thought it would. I am over the moon, cant-believe-it’s-happened excited! And more than anything, it inspires me to write and sing and compose more for more albums to come.
Afrocentiricy unleashed: I am sure some of your fans, our readers and prospective fans would absolutely love to know where and how to purchase your music online. Can you advise anyone interested on where to go and download Dasha Logan`s music?
Dasha Logan: You can find the tunes on iTunes via this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/cleverly-feat.-paul-johnson/id924014418
Afrocentricity unleashed: Do you have any gigs, shows or performances in the U.K or elsewhere anytime soon that your fans, our readers and prospective fans can look out for?
Dasha Logan: I have some shows in Malaysia coming soon. Best way to follow me while my web site is being built is to visit my blog: www.dashalogan.blogspot.com
Afrocentricity unleashed: I am sure some of our readers will like to connect with you on social media i.e. facebook, twitter and the like. Can you provide your fans, our readers and prospective fans with your facebook fan page, twitter handle and other ways they can connect with you online?
Dasha Logan: Here you go!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dasha-Logan/60022910933
Twitter :Follow @dashalogan
Afrocentricity unleashed: Dasha, we at Afrocentricity unleashed are grateful to you for honouring our invite to this interview, and squeezing us into your already tight schedule. We are in no doubt that you have a successful career ahead of you, and we wish you the very best of luck.
Dasha Logan: Thank you so much for having me! Always a pleasure!
Enjoy the video of Dasha`s latest single “Cleverly” featuring Paul Johnson
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