Daniel Donskoy Talks About His New Single "Robbed Me"
Hailing from Moscow, Daniel Donskoy is one of the freshest faces to join the music industry. With his phenomenal acting skills which we can witness in shows like Netflix’s “The Crown”, HBO’s “Strike Back” and BBC’s “Detectorists” along with many other critically acclaimed movies and series, Daniel decided to also join the field of music with the marking of his debut single “24”.
Recently releasing his new single “Robbed Me”, Daniel is gaining an immense amount of fans from all around the world.
Daniel recently had a great chat with Deception Magazine where he discussed the making of his new track and gave some insights into his music journey.
Hi there Daniel. Thanks for joining us on Deception Magazine! How would you describe your sound in your own terms?
I’m trying not to put a label on my music so I can keep exploring it myself. The sound of “Robbed Me” in particular I’d describe as a good mix of R&B, soul and pop. As for the whole sound I always try to create an atmosphere surrounding a song so the sound can at times be ethereal but it is always very stereo and warm.
Let’s talk about your recent single “Robbed Me”. Kindly walk us through the creative process and the production stage of the track. How was the experience like?
The song had a long way to come from the first writing session to the finished production. It started with a very hungover morning in Berlin after a night out. I forgot that I had a session to go to and after 2 hours of sleep turned up for a first writing session with the brilliant Dave Thornton in Berlin. Three coffee and a box of chocolate chip cookies later I started writing the lyrics. There were so many of them I seemingly couldn’t fit them all into the track so Dave said: ‘Just rap them’. That was my first time and suddenly it flowed. I was always very apprehensive before – I grew up on R’N’B and hip hop but never considered it to be the music I’d be making. Since then we perfected the song with my producer Golow and only 14 months later got to release it 🙂
I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to harmonies and stereo sound but now I’m very happy with it.
Besides being a talented musician, you are also a professional actor. How do you intend on balancing both the elements when it comes to factors like time management?
As a matter of fact it’s not always easy. When you’re in the middle of shooting a big film and TV series there isn’t a lot of time you got spare on your hands. I always try to put down my ideas in voice memos and always have a guitar with me on set. In order to give both my passions 100% of my time – which in itself isn’t truly possible – I normally work 7 days a week. Filming Monday to Friday and studio time on the weekends. I hope I won’t have to make a decision anytime soon or even ever – if possible, I’d love to keep having both worlds as part of my reality.
As many of us have been isolated due to the ongoing pandemic, has this impacted your creative process in any manner?
Absolutely – I’ve had much more time this year to work with no pressure and that has been a big win for me. I’ve had weeks to just sit by my piano and write and try things out. But of course, the downside was, that a lot of sessions and some production sessions in particular had to be done remotely and that was something I had to get used to. I strive from just jamming with other musicians and that was not always possible. So, this year has definitely opened up my horizon in terms of creation and collaborations.
When it comes to creation of music, do you need a specific setting to work in or do you consider yourself flexible?
I am very flexible – of course working in an amazing studio is a lot of fun but it can just be as rewarding to rent a little secluded cottage in nature and write there with just a computer and a tiny keyboard.
Where do you draw your major musical influences from?
I listen to a huge variety of artists. I’d still say Frank Ocean & Mac Miller never seize to inspire me in my creative process. But just as much as David Bowie always reminds me about the essence of individualism and Michael Jackson about technique and harmonies. It’s hard to put a finger on it.
If given an opportunity, what country would you be the most willing to go to in order to perform your music?
If given the opportunity I’d go anywhere, really. Music has the power to connect people regardless of cultural heritage and that’s the beauty of it. So, the moment it’s possible again I’d be up for and ready for a world tour 🙂
What’s next for you Daniel? Any upcoming projects/music that you would like to hint your fans about?
There will be four more tracks to be released in the first six months of 2021. And just before we started the interview, I’ve been reading a very exciting script I’m not allowed to talk about yet – but I’m pretty sure 2021 is going to be very very exciting.
Lastly, is there anything that you wish to convey to your supporters?
I think this year has shown us, that we are at a brink of strong societal change and it’s up to us to meet the right decisions. Are we going to become a pluralistic society that includes or give in to populism and division. I urge everyone who has time on their hands to educate themselves on racism, antisemitism, homophobia and patriarchy because all of the things are sadly still very much anchored in our lives. It’s always easy to point fingers to countries far away from us but it’s happening right now, right here in Europe.
Abortion has been ruled illegal in Poland and there are regions of that country that pride themselves on being LGBT free. In the UK the government is lying their way through the Brexit negotiations, scrapping funds to people in need and are ever so proud to have ended free movement, in Germany an outright Nazi Party (AfD) is sitting in parliament and in Hungary and Belarus we have totalitarian leaders.
Whilst it’s not easy to grasp what we can do about it the beginning is to educate yourself about what’s happening in the world and be kind to the people in your immediate surrounding. Let’s start there.