Since she was little she invented songs, as a teenager she decided she wanted to sing, she began to compose when her father –extuno– gave her a guitar, and at 21 she started producing electronics. Now, at 27, Sandra Delaporte from Madrid has started to learn piano. “Reading sheet music is the mindfulness moment of the day, it relaxes me, it is a challenge,” he says. He is happy to resume the concerts with the Italian Sergio Salvi, with whom he formed Delaporte in 2015. They dedicated their beginnings to defining their electronic sound and since 2018 they have been going to record per year. The most recent, The mountains, It came out in October, and now they are embarking on a tour whose culmination will be a concert at La Riviera on February 12, 2022.
Did you want to go back to live?
Yes, because it is our stronghold, where we attract the public, we grow. The important thing for an artist is not the followers you have, because otherwise you would not be an influencer, but the tickets you sell. We want to spin for life.
On stage jump, dance, do you see yourself with a choreography for TikTok?
I did it in the pandemic, everyone said “It’s the new radio”, “If you want your song to be successful, do something there” … But this is one in a million, because uploading a song to TikTok is not going to be done viral.
You started singing at weddings and events, what was your great hit?
I sang jazz standards: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Aretha Franklin… I used to do weddings, christenings and communions and teach math classes to kids, and that’s how I earned my money. Since then I hate any form of wedding, I don’t think I’ll ever get married [risas].
What was it like to release a new album in the middle of a pandemic?
Well, it was a move. When we launched it, Sergio was confined and I had a fever of 40, I thought I had covid, but I was negative all the time. It has been a pandemic album at all, it was a painting … But thanks to that album it has come out Titanas, which is a flip of the page with other arrangements with artists with whom we have always wanted to collaborate.
They have worked with Rozalén, Amaral or Zahara. Why those titan?
We wanted to make pineapple at some point with the women of the industry. The Titanas thing comes because I love climbing, I go with a friend and her little daughter and we always say “Come on, Titan”. I like to call myself a titana, I like to hug myself and say, “Come on, to the death.”
Looking to get the public to chant feminist messages?
I didn’t write it thinking about making a feminist album. I write things that move me inside. And I literally vomit what I feel. Thanks to feminism and my personal work, I realized that many things that I considered my fault came from a patriarchy, from a status quo where we are made to think that there are a number of things we do that are wrong, and they are great.
You studied Psychology, does this training help you empathize with your lyrics?
For me a letter is therapy. To anyone who hurts something, who feels a density in his head, that the world weighs on him, I recommend that he write. Put things in order.
Should more be said about this?
Mental health is taboo, if there were awareness, much pain would be prevented. It would be great if, at an educational level, kids were taught to manage their emotions, to understand what is happening in there, that you have to work your head just like you work your body in the gym.
* Styling: Paula Delgado. Makeup and hairdressing: Yurema Villa (Ana Prado) for Guerlain and Mön Icon Team.
Mafalda: “There is no problem in feeling confused, vulnerable or emotional”