Vanessa Daou Shares Life in Music Business With MCCC Students
Daou encouraged students to leave some things unfinished. "In an effort to perfect a piece, you can completely destroy it. It can lose its raw quality and what's left is a lifeless thing," she said. She advised them to present music in their own way. "It's about standing out and rising above what everyone else is doing. Don't surrender your creative or intellectual ownership."
Daou noted her use of the Internet for both networking and marketing. DeFazio told students that the process has already begun for them. "You are meeting the right people, right now, right here on this campus. Grow together."
a woman in the music industry, Daou believes that feminism has gotten
a bad rap. "People think it's not an issue anymore. That's a fallicy,"
she maintained as she recalled her experiences as a woman taking charge
of her own career. Signed in the mid-1990s to MCA Records, under which
she released two albums, she now has her own label, Daou Records. "With
my own label I have more control," she said. "Joe Sent Me"
is her premiere release on the new imprint. This latest work has been
warmly received, with one critic noting: "Poet, chanteuse, painter.
Vanessa Daou is one artist who thrives on not being pigeonholed
Continuing to morph her artistic approach with minimalism and spoken word,
'Joe Sent Me' is a comeback for Daou that ought to be celebrated."
was equally pleased. "I can't express how enthusiastically and completely
Vanessa has invested herself in our students by giving of her time and
music to make our May dance concert possible. She sees intelligence and
creativity in everyone she meets. Our students, particularly the Theatre
majors, know how accomplished she is, and I think it was genuinely empowering
for them to meet and talk with an established artist who believes in them
as much as we do."
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