Lorenzo D’Alba is a first year student from The Hague in the Netherlands studying Songwriting at BIMM Berlin. Lorenzo goes by the artist name of DALBA and we caught up with him to find out more about his life in music.
WHO are you listening to at the moment?
In the past few months, I’ve been in my Radiohead phase again, but now that winter’s coming, I think it’s best for my mental state that I start listening to something a bit lighter and more flowery. Just recently a friend recommended Andy Shauf, who’s a great Canadian singer-songwriter. To me his music really represents a rainy Monday morning. I’m always looking for new music and artists – thank god I’ve only found about one per cent so far and still have plenty more to find.
WHAT do you love about Berlin?
My personal philosophy is that there’s only one rule in Berlin: as long as you don’t disturb anybody, you can do whatever you want. Berlin offers anything to anybody at any time. There’s always something to do, especially when it comes to admiring or experiencing art in any form. If you feel like an African-Cuban dance night, you can find yourself shaking your hips to some nice grooves an hour later. To me, Berlin is a very open-minded, which represents unity and harmony… plus a little bit of chaos! I also want to point out that the public transport here is really well organised in my opinion, and it’s mostly on time too!
WHY did you choose Songwriting?
My dear friend Oisin Zandee is a Second year Vocals student at BIMM London and she introduced me to BIMM. I decided to visit her and went to an Open Day that BIMM offered at the time and fell in love with the environment… especially when I found out they’d organised a Masterclass with Nick Mason, who’s a great inspiration and musical legend to me and many others. I chose Songwriting because I started writing about three years ago and wanted to take my art to the next level. I also thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to construct a structure for my creative process through discipline and deadlines. I made the decision to be surrounded by other songwriters in the hope that there would be lots of collaborations and we’d all learn from each other, which has definitely been the case!
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