Gothic Dancing Queen is a singer-songwriter, budding music producer, and cabaret bellydancer. Her sultry voice and enigmatic electropop x trap beats draw you into her world of mystery, magic, and love. She tells her story using imagery of fantastical creatures. With one eye in reality and one eye in fantasy, Gothic Dancing Queen enchants as much as she empowers. Her voice invites you into her world from thick, soulful lows to soft, tender highs, reminiscent of FKA Twigs. Her debut single, Sleeping Dragon, reveals a beautiful contradiction of strength, fragility, and faith.
She has performed at the Austin Bellydance Convention and at GothlaUK, a gothic dance fusion festival. Her workshop, All About Angles, teaches bellydancers how to build shapes with their bodies for more artful dancing.
Gothic Dancing Queen sounds like BlackPink meets Nine Inch Nails.
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
This year has been exhilarating! I released my first single and it's getting received fairly well. I am so excited to share more music this year. Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
My story is long and winding. I've always been a dancer who has strong musicality. I also had done choirs for a long time, but I never thought of myself as a music artist. I grew up in a very technological household, so computers were a toy for me that I enjoyed playing with. My dad got me my first DAW, Magix Music Maker. I didn't take music seriously until my undergrad. I needed a class for the technology requirement and so I took the music technology class. The university I went to has a strong bluegrass program and they don't let just anybody into their music classes. It was difficult for anyone to even get into a choir! But, because this class was listed as a technology requirement, they had to make the class available to all majors. So I got in this way. I was probably one of two non music majors there. Along with learning about how music technology evolved, we also had to create etudes on Logic. And using that DAW spoke to me. I had something. The music majors were in shock that I could do it. So I said to myself, let me continue doing this. Let me see how far I can go.
Years later, and several mentors, webinars, and youtube videos later, here I am. How did you come up with your latest project?
The Sleeping Dragon EP is inspired by the fantasy books that I used to bury myself into as a child. I wanted to create something that honored that part of myself as I closed the chapter on the literature side and I opened the chapter on my musical side. Where are you from originally?
I'm from Montvale, NJ Where do you live now?
I'm in North Haledon, NJ Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
Sure, I think general vicinity matters. Being from northern NJ, we are strongly influenced by NYC. We like hard hitting party music. The pop needs to grab you and not let go. The rap needs to kick your teeth in. Electronic music needs to portal you to another dimension. Give it hard and fast, be vicious and unrelenting. Southern NJ has a completely different music vibe as it's a lot more country. What was the inspiration to make music your career?
As a dancer, I felt that I didn't have much of a voice. I'd always be a prop to someone else's vision. It took me some time to realize that for me to feel that my voice is heard artistically, I'd have to do something that's wildly out of my comfort zone. I'd have to learn how to make music so I can build the whole stage experience that I like. How do you want to shape your career?
I want to shape my career as a performing solo artist. I am most comfortable onstage, as I've been my whole life. And while yes, dancing will be a part of it, I am proud of the fact that I am also a music producer. And I want that to also be a big part of my artistry. The sound, the vibe, the aesthetic, the presentation, it is a singularity of existence. Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I do a little bit of both. I am a fan of the book, The 12 Month Year, and focus on quarterly goals. Items must be completed within the quarter, but I am somewhat flexible to the actual date of completion. How did your latest title of your music come to be?
I had to ask myself, if I were a magical creature, what would I be? I would be a dragon. Dragons are neither good nor evil. They simply are. Yes, they like shiny things and yes they like their mountain of stuff, but the thing that inspires me most about dragons is that they are not bound by society's rules. They exist beyond those rules and often provide insights that the status quo cannot see. Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
Yes! I get concerned about how my music will be received and tend to not look at my streams or my comments. I will tend to post as per necessary and then unplug. It is absolutely nerve wracking. Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
Yes, as I am the producer, songwriter, and singer, I am essentially printing a snapshot of my mind. Every song is deeply personal in its way. How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Powerful Where do they go to listen NOW? Spotify! Youtube! Tidal! All the platforms! What has been the best fan reaction to your music? Fans are starting to DM me telling me how inspired they are with me making my music. As a black woman in the alternative music scene, we're often overlooked as contributors to the tapestry of alt. They're excited to hear that it's Darkwave meets Pop meets Trap and the love that I've been getting from them is so amazing. Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I'm working on finishing my next single! It's off the same record, Sleeping Dragon, and it goes into the metaphors even more than the first single. Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Not yet! I know I've made a big stink about performing live, but my first goal is to get a body of work out. And then I go out and perform live. So that's coming, but it is more likely to come towards the end of 2022. Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!