Donna Lugassy – Interview

May 11th – Contemporary R&B songstress Donna Lugassy released her EP Love and Breakups earlier this year, and Alternative Sound was lucky enough to get to talk with her about her influences, her writing style, and the meaning behind her newest EP! Read on for the full interview with Rotterdam’s own Donna Lugassy!

First off, tell us your name, where you’re from, and a little bit about what you do! 
My name is Donna Lugassy, I am 25 years old and I’m from Rotterdam, The Netherlands in Europe. I’m a singer, songwriter and producer. Mostly R&B, soul & pop music.
What made you pursue music? Did you always know you wanted to be a musician?
From the age of 7 I realized I wanted to become a singer and a writer. Later producing became part of the equation too.
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
India.Arie, Alicia Keys, D’angelo, Anthony Hamilton, a lot of older soul/pop/R&B musicians.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music before?
Smooth, R&B vibes to chill to, (or get in ur feels to)
You said you’re from Rotterdam, how has the city influenced your writing?
People often compare Amsterdam to Los Angeles and Rotterdam to New York. It’s a very beautiful and rich city but just like all the big, beautiful cities, they have a downside too, ghettos and so many people struggling. It made me strong and fierce, I think. There’s no falling and not getting up here. You HAVE to get up and do you.
Has there been a stand-out moment for you as an artist where you felt extremely proud, passionate, excited, etc? Anything that made you think ‘yeah, this is worth it’?
Every time I have a release it’s like my birthday. I get so many people that listen to my track and give me positive feedback. I love it.
Musicians face a lot of challenges, from rejection to financial expenses to writer’s block. How do you stay positive while dealing with the negative parts of making music?
I found that out long ago. It’s not about being famous or rich for me, I just wanted to be able to make a living off of doing what I love, and I can. So I’m happy. I’m always working towards more and better, but I don’t forget to be grateful for where I’m at since I’m doing what a lot of people would want to do.
What do you hope people get out of the music you put out? 
I hope they can relax and chill to it, mostly. But of course sometimes I hear I inspired someone to make music and that means a lot to me as well.
You just released a new EP titled Love & Breakups! Congrats on the release! Can you tell us a little about the EP?
I produced, wrote, recorded and mixed it myself. I wanna share the story behind the EP with you: In ‘Moonrise’ there is the push & pull of first getting to know someone. Then ‘Coldest’ is the part where I have fallen for this person and I’m head over heels thinking this is the one I need. ‘Nobody (loves like I do)’ is the part where there are beginning to show cracks in the relationship and I am so invested, letting the other person know I’m all in and would do anything for them. ‘How Bout You’ is about the other person not coming through for me as I feel that they should have and false promises are getting too much. ‘Break Up’ is where I’m getting fed up with the bullshit and reject the other person and get a real big attitude with them and then followed by ‘I wish’, where I feel like I made a mistake by breaking up with them and I have regrets on what I did, rejecting them. Then its usually a wrap and I start all over with a new person back at Moonrise… That’s when the next relationship is starting, to do everything all over again and repeat the pattern.
What was the writing process like for these songs?
I made them all in my home studios. I have 2 rooms in which I built a studio so i can switch between moods/vibes as well. Some came out in an hour, like ‘Break Up’. the song didn’t take long at all. Coldest, on the other hand, took me about 2 weeks of tweaking the production and changing verses to get it right.
What is it like to see your music go from the writing stage to being ready to listen to and fully released?
It’s amazing. It’s what I love.
What’s next for Donna Lugassy? Do you have anything else in the works?
After this solo project, I feel like I have my solo portfolio out. You can now see who Donna is when she is by herself. Now I want to focus on working with other artists and producers on releasing music together.
What’s the #1 reason why everyone should check out Love & Breakups?
If you’re going through it in your own relationship, if you love R&B music or if you wanna hear a lil’ redhead pour her heart out on her own beats, lol.

Thanks so much to Donna Lugassy for talking with us ❤ You can listen to Love and Breakups on Spotify, and follow Lugassy on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with everything she has going on!

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