Erica Dee: “I don’t enjoy sitting in front of a screen and I don’t feel this is the reason why God gave me this gift.”
Interview with Erica Dee, recordJet Passenger of the Month in June 2016
recordJet: Who are you? Erica Dee – is this your real name or your artist name? If it’s your artist name, tell us the story.
I am Erica Dee Landsberg :). I decided to go by my given first and middle name, it feels natural and it’s simply who I am.
How and why did you start making music?
I started singing when I was very young, I believe 7 or so. My father is a Jazz guitarist and my mother is also a singer, so I grew up around music my whole life. I wrote my first song when I was 16 and I had moved from Canada to the USA for a year in high school. After growing up sheltered in a small mountain town I was exposed to pain and suffering for the first time. My response was to write and sing songs to help people feel better.
How and why did you end up at recordJet?
My Label, Long Lost Relative is the connection to recordJet.
Which music do you like to listen to privately?
I like to listen to a LOT of music. East Indian music, African Music, Jazz, Motown, Hip-hop, and everything in between. If it has soul I will listen to it.
What do you do when you’re not doing music?
When I am not doing music I am usually in the mountains, or on a lake somewhere. I am a nature baby, and love to be outside. I also love spending time with my family, which I think is very important. I also like to learn and expand in whatever way possible so reading books and attending workshops on various different things, like yoga and healing, are also ways I enjoy to spend my time.
You’re very active in the music industry. In your opinion, what is the biggest problem and what is the absolute coolest thing about today’s music industry?
I would say the worst part of the music industry is the amount of time I have to spend on a computer. I don’t enjoy sitting in front of a screen and I don’t feel this is the reason why God gave me this gift. The whole social media/selling yourself part of music is not so fun for me.
Who are your heroes and why?
I would say Erykah Badu, because she is real, and authentic with a positive message.
What was the first and what was the most recent album you bought?
I remember buying Missy Elliot’s cassette at a very young age, the one with “I can’t stand the rain”. The latest one I bought is Leon Bridges