A View to a Kill (Featuring Skye)
2. Call Me (Featuring Skye)
3. When Doves Cry (Featuring Nadeah)
4. Eye of the Tiger (Featuring Katrine Ottosen)
5. Cat People (Featuring Dea Li)
6. Flashdance... What a Feeling (Featuring Yael Naim)
7. Footloose (Featuring Cibelle)
8. This is not America (Featuring Juliette Lewis)
9. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Featuring Nadeah)
10. Together in Electric Dreams (Featuring Nadeah)
11. Reality (Featuring Nancy Danino)
12. Forbidden Colours (Featuring Nadeah)
13. It's Wrong for Me to Love You (Featuring Bianca Calandra)
14. For Your Eyes Only (Featuring Dea Li)
15. Don't You (Forget About Me) (Featuring Leelou)
Born in Israel
and raised in France, the sultry voice of singer/songwriter Nancy
Danino has been the highlight of everything from film soundtracks to
Scandinavian pop hits. Her very first collaboration was with the Yellow
Production team of techno/acid jazz sound designers, appearing on their
1999 Psychodelico album (Bob Sinclar). Techno artist SNOOZE heard the
album, fell in love with Nancy’s voice, and selected her to
record vocals for his first album on Belgian label Crammed. With Nancy
as lead vocalist, she and Snooze recorded two albums and toured all
over Europe together. Snooze introduced Nancy to one of his composer
friends, resulting in her providing the vocals to the main theme of
Tokyo Eyes, a very “Nouvelle Vague” French movie which went
to the Cannes Film Festival. She also collaborated with two very
talented songwriters in Miami, Corrado Bailone and Simone Giuliani
a.k.a Formula (SFP Records and Emunity Records, their New York
City-based label). In 2002, a new opportunity came knocking. Jay-Jay
Johansson, a Swedish singer whose first album was very successful in
France and in the U.S., by chance heard Nancy’s voice on the
Snooze album. He passed her name to his friends, Sweden’s leading
pop act Kent (BMG Music Publishing Scandinavia), who were looking for a
French singer to collaborate with. Nancy and Kent wrote and recorded a
duet together "Ff" and the song became a huge hit in Scandinavia. While
was in Stockholm for the recording, she met with the Eclectic team,
Anders Hansson and Johan Åberg (the BMG Music Publishing
Scandinavia writer/producers are responsible for hits for Christina
Aguilera, Cher and many other artists). The meeting began a long
partnership in songwriting, both for Nancy’s own album and for
songs to plug to other artists. In 2004, Nancy recorded a
French/English duet "Ordinary Day" with Irish artist Perry Blake, which
by the label Naïve in France. The song stayed at number three on
the Irish singles chart for an amazing eight weeks. She kept busy with
other projects, collaborating with French DJ and Saint Germain’s
former partner Shazz on his last album in 2005. Nancy has also
collaborated with Llorca (F.COM), and most recently with Marc Collin,
producer of the fantastic Nouvelle Vague albums. They recorded
a song for his new project coming out soon, "Hollywood, mon Amour", a
beautiful cover of the "Reality" of Richard Sanderson.
Since bursting on the scene with Snooze, Nancy has worked with the most
eminent electronic minds in France and Europe. Nancy’s album is
now almost ready. The album features acoustic and jazzy songs written
by Nancy (most are co-writes with Anders Hansson). Based in New York
since 2006, she built her band and as a dream come true, she started to
perform her own original songs in the city. She already met and wrote
some beautiful songs with the amazing NYC based songwriters Jeff Cohen,
Jeff Franzel and Cliff Goldmacher, as well as Tom Kimmel in Nashville.
She is always ready for new challenges, and contemplates her future as
a solo artist with great excitement...
Interview with Nancy Danino:
S: How and when did all begin
with music ?
N: As far as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to sing.
are the positive and negative sides of being a musician in France?
There are many talentuous artists in Paris, and I had the chance to
work with many of them. I think it’s a very personal question,
it all depends on the artist’s personality and his musical style.
Personally, I had to realize I wasn’t at the right place if I
wanted to take risks… If I was to talk about my projects and
dreams, I often felt like an alien. I understood what I had to do when
I arrived here and when I saw the extremely positive feedbacks I was
getting… and I had been dreaming of it for a long time!
Now that the environment I’m in matches my needs, I enjoy Paris a
lot more, and I only see the good side of things. But it took me some
time…I left because I had to. Another artist could answer
totally differently, you cannot generalize.
S: Do you think the emotion is
different between a song in English and in French?
Absolutely. Even though I speak both languages fluently, French remains
my mother tongue and inevitably, the choice of words allow me to
communicate very strong emotions. But I also enjoy English a lot.
I’ve often been told that my voice changes from one language to another.
S: What musicians or artists had
an influence in your life and in your work? N:
So many different artists have influenced my life… Prince very
early… I had the chance to be majorly influenced by him, and
through him I’ve discovered other great artists whom expanded my
musical culture. By uncovering his covers of Joni
Mitchell, Kate Bush, Sly and the Family Stone, Miles Davis, Marvin Gaye
or Georges Clinton, it made me want to know their whole discography,
and to have very eclectic tastes up to now.
S: Do you remember what was the
first CD you bought?
I don’t remember my first CD, but my first vinyle yes… "Let’s Groove" of Earth Wind and Fire!
S: Do you feel anxious before a
N: Yes a lot… and it doesn’t get better with time.
S:How could you define the
music of Nancy Danino?
It’s very difficult for me to define my own music…
I’d say that my songs are written with pop melodies and arranged
by jazz, which gives a dynamic modern jazzy album.
S: When you write a song you
follow your heart, your brain or your hand ?
I almost always write my texts on melodies. Sometimes, the first
words come to me as we are working on the melody, sometimes, I have to
listen to it and let myself be carried away until a theme inspires me.
So I’d say I follow my heart at first.
S: What is your favorite song of Nancy Danino and why?
I wrote so many songs that are close to my heart with my producer
Anders Hansson in Sweden, that we had to debate for a while to decide
which ones would be in the album or not ! Simply because I like them
S: Between elegance, nostalgia and sweetness I guess it's naturally that Marc Collin thought of you for his project "Hollywood Mon Amour" ? N:
I was already in NY for a few months when Marc wrote me a very nice
message. He said he came to Dominique Dalcan’gig at the
“Europeen”, where I sang with him our duet “L'air
He said he’d been following my career for a while now, and had
been waiting for the right project to propose to me. This one seduced
me immediately. I would have loved to experiment more with Marc, but I
also wanted very much to try "Footloose" or "A View To
a Kill’, but it wasn’t really possible for me living this
far. He is a lovely and very talentuous guy. S: Have you already worked with the other singers who took part as well in this album?
N: No, I actually only know Cibelle whom I’ve met a few times.
S: Can we say that "your dreams are reality" ?
N: I live my dreams, and that’s why I’m this happy to be here.
S: As musician, what's your
feeling about Internet?
N: Artists had to manage already for a long time the album crisis, well
before this recession about which everybody’s speaking. There are
those who decided to be creative and to find a way to continue to exist
as artists in spite of the evolution of the market of the disk, and
there are those who positioned as victims and who didn’t know how
to adapt themselves.
Once the crisis was revealed, it was necessary to study and to
understand how things were going to evolve and personally, I understood
that you should wait after nobody and to know how to be proactive.
Of course it requires much enthusiasm, positivity and passion, and I am
sure that in a few years I will wonder where I found all this energy to
come here and begin once again everything from the start.
I decided to take my album in my own hands and so to finance it alone,
which I produce with Anders Hansson, I met fantastic artists here as
the very talented photographer Marlon Krieger who works with me on the
pictures of my project and on the 1st video, I formed my band with whom
I play live for already 2 years.
It's not easy, but I think that artists have to form their own band,
play live as much as possible to share their music with the most of
people as possible and feel the enjoyment to be on stage. It is
necessary to learn how to record good albums without spending a lot of
money, and especially to learn how to live in this new
world that is Internet, to tame it and take advantage of what it offers
of more incredible, rather than to be afraid of it!
I am sure that this crisis is an opportunity for us to return to the
main thing, the good songs, the pure emotion… after all, it's
what people need to escape from their hard reality, it’s to us to
offer it to them..
S: Can you describe what an "Ordinary Day" looks like for Nancy Danino ? N:
Right now, I would say music, music, music… much work cause I
have a lot of projects that I would like to see coming true. But I also
try to take time to enjoy this amazing city, I know that I don’t
make it enough.
S: What are your hobbies aside
N: Oh my God…I don’t have much…music is my main hobbie.
When I have free time, I take pleasure with very simple
things…like to have dinner with my friends, see a good film,
discover new artists and to see some live music, go to museum… I
would like to travel more but now since I’m living here, I tend
to limit a bit myself in the triangle Paris/ Tel Aviv/ NY to see my
family and my friends. Oh, and from time to time, when one of my
favourite Djs is scheduled in Cielo (my favourite club here), I
physically need to go to the dancefloor one or two hours, it’s of
S: Are you venturesome person?
N: I don’t always realize risks which I take when I’m taking them, it’s often after that I realize what I did.
S: Where would you like to play
in the future, is there a place in the world you would love to visit ?
I’ve still not played in Israël, it would be great… I
dream of Brazil, South America in general, Andalusia and of
India… but I would especially like to return in Morocco where my
parents were born, Casablanca et Essaouira… and finally return
S: Are there any things, which
you are afraid of? Do you have any fears? N: Yes I even prefer not to think about it.
S: What is the best moment and
best place to listen to your music ?
In the car, when you know that you have one small hour of road and that
you really want to escape and refind yourself. Many people often say
that my music calms.
our website is dedicated to Manic Street Preachers maybe can you say
some words about them? N: I find them great, I like their energy and the voice of the singer…very nice their cover of Umbrella ;-).
S: Do you agree with
Victor Hugo who said : "Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad" ? N:
Maybe… but I answer absent to this assertion. I tend a bit to
avoid everything that could make me sad or depressed, I avoid too dark
or too melancholic music. I tend to fill my iPod with sounds that give
me a lot of energy.
In my music, even if the story I tell is sad or nostalgic, there is always some hope!
know it’s a difficult question, but if you would have to keep
just one album from your CD collection what album would it be?
N: A good Prince, sorry…I can’t get enough of it.
S: What was the last song you
listened to before the interview? And, if you know, which one will be
I was just listening the album of Mishell Ndegeocello Confort
Woman…and I have a concert tonight and I will begin with my song
S: What are your plans for the
nearest future? N: To come back in Paris for 2 weeks and enjoy my family and my friends.
S: And finally, what’s
the most important thing in life for you? N: People I love, to surround myself with positive energy, to live in the present.