Doha! We are lucky enough to have Susana coming to our shores this week!
If you havent heard of her already, here's a bit about her -
Born in and living in the surroundings of the EDM Mecca, the Dutch city of Amsterdam, Susana grew up in an open-minded place, surrounded with music.
All the years of training, singing and performing came together when Susana discovered the wonders of Electronic Dance Music. Susana:"I never really explored electronic dance music. This changed when a neighbor of my family, after having seen me perform with my band, decided to introduce me to producers Raz Nitzan and Adrian Broekhuyse in 2003, when I was 19 years old. Just a couple of months later we met in the studio and recorded the vocals for Ernesto vs Bastian's 'Dark Side of the Moon', which was released in 2005. From the moment I got involved with trance, a whole new world opened up to me. I really fell for its powerful emotional energy and I've been on a journey of discovery ever since."
With Raz Nitzan and Adrian Broekhuyse as her guides, Susana was given several big opportunities. Susana:" I feel they have really guided me over the years and I can always go to them for advice. Of course talent, putting your mind to it, working hard and seizing opportunities are very important to make it in the music business but I definitely wouldn't be where I am right now if it wasn't for them."
Her second big hit, and second release at the same time, was 'Shivers', a collaboration with number one DJ Armin van Buuren. Susana and the special, warm sound of her voice, became a hot topic in the dance scene. And that still hasn't changed. In the past 5 years, Susana worked with top notch producers such as Talla 2XLC, Rex Mundi and Dash Berlin, as well as providing vocals for two follow-up tracks with Ernesto vs. Bastian and Armin van Buuren. The many live performances she did, amongst one for a 20.000 strong trance crowd at the Armin Only show in the Jaarbeurs venue in Utrecht, rocked crowds all across the globe. A strong on-stage personality and live performance make her a beloved artist to have or see on stage.
In 2008, when Susana was heading for the top at full force, she decided not to go for her Master degree in Latin American Studies, but choose for a fulltime career in music instead. Susana:"It didn't take long for me to realize that music is really nearest to my heart and that I would be crazy to not at least try to make my childhood dreams come true. So I basically decided it was time to give it a chance." That chance worked out just fine, cause only two years later she's up for her first artist album. On May 7th, 2010, 'Closer' will hit the stores.
'Closer' is Susana's artist album, which has the format of a compilation, with each track being a collaboration with other producers in dance music. Dash Berlin, Omnia & The Blizzard, Mike Shiver, Josh Gabriel, Julian Vincent, Tenishia and Stoneface & Terminal are some of the names that Susana worked with, setting forth a diverse sound. It doesn't come around very often, that an EDM singer releases a complete artist album. But with a progressive mind and strong determination, Susana is setting new rules for her musical career and that of other EDM vocalists. Susana:"I think that, by pushing boundaries and giving vocalists a bigger platform, the EDM scene is deepening and broadening itself even more."
Don't miss this fab opportunity to enjoy a talented female artist at work!
INFO: Crystal Lounge, W Doha Hotel & Residences, 4453 5000, www.whoteldoha.com/Qatar