Rooted in the colourful city of Havana, Cuba, then growing up in New York, Gina D'Soto is a musical sensation who has captured the essence of jazz, soul, and Cuban traditions in her enchanting soundscapes.
She began her musical journey at the age of eight. She studied at the prestigious Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory, later honing her jazz skills at the McGill Conservatory and CEGEP Vanier College. Inspired by the multifaceted beauty of life, D'Soto has blossomed into a renowned singer-songwriter, composer, and sonic arranger, sharing the stage with Arturo O'Farrill and Antonio Sanchez.
Her latest release, "Hide," is a mesmerizing fusion of raw emotion and sultry rhythms. The song's lyrics, filled with passion and lust, showcase her vulnerability and pure heart, while the melody captivates the listener with its hypnotic pull. As the lights fade and the craving for connection grows stronger, D'Soto's voice invites us to revel at the moment and let go of our inhibitions.
The lush arrangement of "Hide" transports the listener to a world of intimate encounters and unspoken desires. The seamless blend of genres creates a tapestry of unique and familiar sounds, demonstrating D'Soto's exquisite command of her craft. The pulsating beat and ethereal harmonies add a layer of complexity that can only be described as intoxicating, enveloping the listener in a cloak of sonic warmth.
In the chorus, D'Soto gives us the visual of "hiding behind the curtains" and "forgetting the whole world," capturing the essence of fleeting, clandestine love. The song is a testament to the power of embracing change and living in the moment, qualities that D'Soto embodies in her music and personal life. As the lyrics unfold, we find ourselves lost in the song's allure, surrendering to its irresistible charm.
"Hide" is a sensually seductive nod to Gina D'Soto's growth as an artist, solidifying her position as a great Cuban talent of her generation. With her heart on her sleeve and her soul bared for all to see, D'Soto continues to captivate audiences worldwide. As she takes the world by storm with her awe-inspiring creations, it's evident that her star will only continue to rise.
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Welcome, Gina D'Soto! Cheers to your freedom of expression on “Hide,” which presents an intoxicating mix of genre influences. Can you share the inspiration behind incorporating these distinct styles into the song and how they helped shape its unique sound?
Thank you so much for the support! Yes, so much mix of styles and ideas...The first thing that came to mind was the lyrics; funny enough, I thought of it as Spanish and English... Most of the time, I think of things in "Spanglish" since I have to speak with people from Hispanic and/or English backgrounds, so I wanted to have both languages in the song as it speaks to both audiences. Originally the song was written as a mix of salsa, bossa, pop, jazz, and R&B; We added the rap or hip-hop part later. In live sessions or concerts, we like to keep it with this sonority, but for the release, we decided to add some electronic elements so it will speak to people from my generation.
In "Hide," you explore themes of vulnerability and desire, evoking a sense of intimacy and connection. Can you tell us about your personal experiences or emotions that inspired these themes and how they contributed to the creation of the lyrics?
I wanted to create something intimate that recreates the playful part of the beginning of a relationship. We all have experienced the feeling of the first 3-5 months with someone, and I believe it’s a beautiful thing to talk about and explore in songs and music in general. When I talked to Maky about writing the rap part of the song, I explained all these ideas to him and gave him complete freedom to create from his experience based on this topic.
In "Hide," you encourage listeners to embrace the present. As an artist, how do you cultivate this mindset in your own life, and how has it influenced your creative and personal growth?
As an artist, I believe in living the "today" and enjoying everything life offers. I have the mindset of creating the best day for me. This has helped me tremendously. Not worrying about the past because that can not be changed, and embracing the future as a way of keeping moving. Every day is different, so we should treat each one as a gift and a way to be the best versions of ourselves.
Throughout "Hide," your powerful voice and captivating vocal arrangements are fully displayed. Can you describe the process of developing and refining your vocal technique and how it has evolved since your early days at the Manuel Saumell and Amadeo Roldan Music Conservatory?
So when I started singing, I didn’t know how to sing and what was best for my voice because the music school in Cuba doesn’t have a voice curriculum for jazz or pop, only classical. Many of the singers I know are self-taught, which is incredible but also difficult. I started singing with friends and a few musicians that called me for gigs, and honestly, looking back, I feel proud of myself for doing such a demanding and challenging thing. When I moved to Canada and started studying Jazz Voice, I really saw the difference, and of course, after 3 years and lots of training, practice, and trial and error, I developed into the vocalist I'm today. It was definitely not easy, but so much worth it; my voice is so different, and my approach to singing has changed completely. Having a teacher/vocal coach does wonders, not only as a vocalist but also as a musician.
"Hide" will undoubtedly resonate with listeners worldwide, showcasing your immense talent as a singer-songwriter and composer. As you look to the future, how do you envision your musical journey evolving, and what can fans expect from your upcoming projects?
Thank you so much! I hope it resonates with people all over. One of my goals is to bring elements from my culture that haven't been showcased in a pop or R&B type of sonority. Putting out all this musical information and creating a long-lasting body of work that can resonate with younger generations, especially Cuba ( where I'm from), help them see another side of our culture. Fans can expect a lot of amazing sounds in terms of vocals and production and maybe an EP very soon. I'm confident they'll love it.