Ethereal, haunting and groove-ridden are just some of the words to describe the music of singer/songwriter Danni Eckstein (Danni X). A poet and vocalist all her life, the beautiful songstress first made waves when the group she fronted was voted “Best Band in Jacksonville, Florida”. This led Danni to a development deal with MySpace Records, which was unexpectedly shelved when the label went under.
After relocating to Los Angeles, Danni X has now released her sexually-charged debut single, “LU$T”. A hook-laden, double entendre song that channels her creative passion while tastefully bridging elements of rock and electronic dance music (EDM).
“LU$T” is also a preview of Danni X's upcoming EP, which will be released on July 27. AXS recently spoke with her about “LU$T” and more in this new interview.
AXS: How would you describe your sound?
Danni X: My music brings elements of rock and EDM together. Although I appreciate the new sounds and certainty that’s involved with creativity, a lot of the emotion and raw authenticity is missing from electronic music these days. My vision of combining rock and EDM takes the listener on an authentic, musical journey
AXS: Who are some of your musical influences?
DX: Lyrically, I’m inspired by classic rock and bands like Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I’m also influenced by the modern rock of No Doubt and The Cranberries. Bishop Briggs is another major influence. She’s bringing rock back in a cool way. As far as EDM goes, I’m influenced by artists like Hippie Sabotage and ODESZA.
AXS: Where do you draw inspiration for your music?
DX: It’s random and all depends on the song. Sometimes, I’ll be driving in my car or shopping in a grocery store and an idea will hit me that inspires a melody. Other times, I’ll bring a bunch of lyrics into a session and work with my producer to create songs out of them.
AXS: Where did the idea for your new single, “LU$T” originate?
DX: I wrote the main chorus for that song year ago, and a lot of it came from my Catholic upbringing. I grew up in Catholic school and was the girl who was always questioning. I’ve always written about contradicting the things I was taught because it registered with my own personal story. I finished the song after moving to Los Angeles. The contradicting nature and whole concept of “The City of Angels” felt really cool to me. The idea of the seven deadly sins and the faults of mankind also fascinated me, and lust was the number one cardinal sin. That’s how it came about.
Click here to listen to "LU$T".
AXS: Let’s discuss another song on your upcoming EP, “Shallow”. What can you tell me about it?
DX: “Shallow” is about a brief relationship I had with someone in the music industry. I had become enamored with this person and the façade he had put on. After some time went by, I realized that all he was doing was trying to win over my affection with money and other things. There was no deep connection. Everything was on the surface. One night, I went on an awful date with him and went home early. I knew I had a session the next day but woke up at four in the morning because I couldn’t sleep. I started writing. I went into the session later that day all fired up by the situation. My producer and I ended up writing and recording the entire song that day.
AXS: Was having a career in entertainment something you always dreamed about?
DX: I’ve wanted to a be a singer/songwriter from a very early age. I started singing and playing guitar, and then in middle school started recording. I eventually formed a band with my producer and a bunch of other people. It’s always been what I’ve wanted to do.
AXS: Are there any other projects you’re currently working on?
DX: I'm still writing and have another song to finish with a Grammy-winning piano player. Now that the record’s complete, I’m looking forward to getting more people involved in my music and touring. The live performance is what’s driving me now.