“You played me dirty, now you wanna be with me. It’s too late,” sings the chanteuse Dama Vicke in a powerful, haunting and melodic voice that leaves one in awe due to the sheer beauty, magic and strength of it. Here is a picture of her with her dog Kiki, inspired by Hayo Miyazaki from Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Most of us can relate to feeling this way due to a love affair gone awry. In the song, “Point of Inflection,” from the EP of the same name, the singer/songwriter of Mexican origin finally garnishes the inner strength to let go of a toxic relationship once and for all. In the music video / short film below, she is seen underwater taking off her clothes as she shed’s layers of her past. The EP, which was released last March, consists of five songs, some in English and others in Spanish. Unity not Disgrace, Point of Inflection, Siempre es Nada, and You’re not a Ghost.
Her voice is familiar, reminding one of a famous singer: Bjork, Fionna Apple, Mazzy Star. But one can’t pinpoint the exact person as she sounds completely original. She sounds like a cross of the three, yet completely herself. The artist, who was inspired by Can, David Bowie, Lhasa de Sela, Pink Floyd, Charles Mingus, Christina Rosenvinge, Fiona Apple, Pj Harvey, Komeda, Blonde Redhead, describes her sound as “dark, jazzy, introspective, pop, experimental, folk.”
With her short black hair, she reminds one of a starlet, and her latest music video displays her skills as an actress. Though the force of her vocals is enough to make one feel deep sensations, the images in the video, directed by Carla Forte, allow viewers to perceive the drama. Along with the costume and setting, the film makers create a visual story of romance, mystery and darkness. It’s such a great narrative of cinematic imagery that it was screened at O, Cinema on Wednesday February 7, 2018 at “I”m Not Going to Move to L.A.,” hosted by Filmgate Miami, along with a series of other short films.
Credits: music by Dama Vicke, pre-production and co-produced by @javierguell and Dama Vicke, mixed and produced by @roger_iz @earplaystudio.
Video directed by Carla Forte, produced by @alexeytaran, director of Photography Pedro Guevara @theyephone, makeup and hairstyle Marcos Duran @marcdur , wardrobe and style @tankovitz .
Actors: @roger_iz @deebertoldi @javierguell @paulamarfilmusic and Dama Vicke @damavicke.
I got the chance to check out Dama, who looked like a bad ass with a guitar, at Words and Wine on January 24th.
I also got to chat with her and ask her a few questions:
Monica Torres: When did you start singing and writing songs?
Dama Vicke: I started when I was very young, I always felt very passionate when singing my favorite artist’ songs. I used to sing in front of the mirror and invent songs and lyrics. My uncle had a rock band so when I was around six years old, he would take me to his concerts, and sometimes he would bring me to the stage to sing in front of his audience.
MT: Tell us a little about your background, where you grew up, ect?
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