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Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

Posted on August 23, 2015 by admin

What does winning the Rock Against Trafficking Sting-Cover Contest mean to you? Music Artist Spotlight- Dilana

The fact that I can be part of raising awareness about something extremely important like child trafficking across the world, is priceless to me. Being a mother myself, makes this cause very near and dear to my heart. Music is such a powerful tool and I am honored to raise my voice about child trafficking.

What inspired you to become a musician?

Music started off as an escape for me. It was never my real dream or intention to be a professional artist. But as the years went by, I realized that it was my calling in life and that I could touch and inspire thousands around the world through my songs and performances.

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

It is no secret that the music business is a very tough and competitive industry. As a woman, there are countless surprises around each corner. The biggest surprises are always when I’m in foreign countries and witness strangers connecting to my songs and mouthing my lyrics.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

With the industry changing so much over the last decade, the challenge I’ve always had has intensified more. And the challenge is to stay in the game, to be seen and to be heard.

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

I have no set process. Each song comes to me in a different way. Whether it be a melody first and then a theme for lyrics. On many occasions I have written songs in my sleep. I always get my inspiration from personal life experiences. I grew up in South Africa and have an ocean of stories to tell, pain, suffering and sadness. But along these dark journeys, I’ve always managed to survive and come out on top. For me, these are the stories I like to share. Stories of perseverance, victory and belief that there is hope at the end of every storm.

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

Without a doubt, my two tours to Afghanistan are at the top of my list. I’ve also done a bunch of charity events, fundraisers and benefits for causes I truly believe in. Doing this always makes me feel like I’m contributing, even if it’s in a small way, to make changes in our world.

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

I have opened for many big names- Aerosmith, Joe Cocker, Beth Hart, Motorhead, Velvet Revolver, Puddle of Mudd, London Choirboys, The Bangles, Golden Earring, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Doobie Brothers, Sebastien Bach and many others. I’ve also performed live with Tommy Lee, Jason Newsted, Gilby Clarke, Dave Navarro, Adrian Young, Terri Nunn and more. I was the first and only female lead vocalist for LA Guns for two tours.

Anything else you want to share?

I have a new project based in Europe. It is an all girls band from Portugal and it is called SHÍ is Dilana. I’m extremely excited about this project. We recently did two tours through Europe and almost every show was sold out. I am going back in October for 2, 5 months of touring with my girls. We will be performing in Iceland amongst other European countries.  I am planning on a tour for us in the USA for 2016.

You can check out Dilana at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/dilana

Music Is Supposed To Mean Something

Posted on May 9, 2014 by admin

RATStingcovercontestbanneFor decades, singers have used their voices to lash out against glaring problems in our society: Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” lays bare American racism; Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land,” one of our beloved folk songs, rails against poverty and hunger; anti-war protest songs set youth culture ablaze during the Vietnam war; and America’s beloved pop stars vowed to end African famine with “We Are The World.” Music has always been a vital art form to use in the fight against society’s ailments, and now you can add your voice to fray and help battle a terrible underground industry that ruins lives.

A New Cause

Human trafficking is not a new problem, but it is an evolving one. The United States is home to a large human trafficking industry, with thousands of voiceless people being forced into labor or exploited sexually – many of these are our own country’s runaways. What if you could shine a light on this huge, illicit industry that ruins the lives of so many? Now is the time to use your musical talents for a cause. Make music have real meaning again.

What You Can Do To Join The Fight

If you want to use your talents as a weapon against the shadowy human trafficking industry, now is the time. Cover any song by Sting or The Police, make a video for the song, and enter it in the Rock Against Trafficking Sting Cover Contest. Sting has been on the forefront of artist activism and human rights since the 1980s, working with Amnesty International, Live Earth, Live 8, and continues to donate his time and money to charities involved with human rights and ending poverty.

The videos will be judged by TalentWatch users and two music industry legends (names to be announced soon). If you win, you will be flown out to Malibu to record a song that will be included on Set Them Free, an album to raise awareness about the large and destructive force of human trafficking. That means your voice will be heard alongside legends such as Fergie, Slash, Steven Tyler, Heart, Julian Lennon, En Vogue, Glenn Hughes and Andy Fraser.

Enter The Rock Against Trafficking Sting Cover Contest

Here’s your opportunity to not only make a big difference in the fight against trafficking, but to also get to record in a professional production setting, spend some time in beautiful Malibu, and have the chance to catch the eye of not only a lot of listeners, but also the staff of BuTown Entertainment. You may even get a record deal if your work strikes the right chord with producer Gary Miller.

It all starts right now. If you or your band want to join the fight against human trafficking, join TalentWatch and get to work. See contest details here.