Audax the Damsel, a bilingual rapper from the better Chicago space and Weinberg sophomore, spoke with The Day by day concerning the inspiration behind a few of her biggest songs, the which means behind her identify and her historical past as a rapper.
DANIELLA TELLO-GARZON: From The Day by day Northwestern, I’m Daniella Tello-Garzon, and also you’re listening to Sound Supply, a podcast concerning the music scene at Northwestern. This episode is about Audax the Damsel, an Argentinian rapper from the better Chicago space.
SOFÍA STUTZ: Hello, my identify is Sofía Stutz, and I am going by Audax the Damsel. And I’m a rapper, and I sing as effectively.
It’s form of laborious for me to recollect after I began rapping, however I feel it began initially in highschool, and I got here up with the identify perhaps sophomore 12 months of highschool. I wished to have one thing that was clearly female, in order that’s the place the damsel half is available in. As a result of, , Audax by itself, you may suppose that that’s a male rapper, and I simply wished to be clear, this can be a lady. And it’s additionally a distinction to the primary a part of the identify Audax. Audax means “daring” in Latin, and I wished one thing like that as a result of I feel it’s form of a humorous distinction: the daring damsel. , individuals consider damsel as being related to the “damsel in misery,” however I didn’t wish to put forth that picture. I wished one thing daring and sassy and powerful and fierce, so I selected Audax.
I began producing music with a pupil from my highschool professionally in a studio after I was a junior. I used to be concerned with a membership referred to as poetry membership at my college, and I obtained involved with the director of this system and he was in a position to prepare for me to document professionally in a studio that was proper throughout the road from our college. So I obtained to do this at no cost for the remainder of my time at the highschool. I began recording and writing frequently and attending to launch issues. I’d say that that’s when my function as Audax the Damsel obtained solidified.
DANIELLA TELLO-GARZON: What’s your favourite track that you just’ve created?
SOFÍA STUTZ: Oh, that’s form of laborious. I really feel like that’s asking a guardian, like, what their favourite baby is. However I’d say I actually, actually loved writing “Seasons.” This can be a track that I wrote within the fall of this 12 months, and it was the primary track that I wrote in school. That track captures a nostalgia that comes up loads in my songs, and in it, I speak concerning the transition from summer time into fall and the way it’s at all times a really painful transition as a result of in the summertime, it feels limitless. Now we have all this time to do all these items that we’ve been eager to do, all these objectives that we set for ourselves. However inevitably, there’s by no means sufficient time to do all of these issues. And so it’s at all times disappointing as a result of then the autumn comes and you’ve got different obligations, and you may’t get to all of the stuff you wished to do in the summertime. So, it’s painful and unhappy, nevertheless it’s additionally thrilling as a result of the autumn is a time of renewal and new beginnings. And after I wrote that track I used to be referencing particular locations in Northwestern. There’s one half the place I speak about sitting within the library. I don’t explicitly say that, however I say
“I make my option to
My favourite area
I say okay,
Imma simply keep
for a bit
However I sit,
Don’t give up until the moonlit
Wit dissipates and I fade
Swayed by the burden of my eyelids
I bid this island of silence goodbye
Transported again to my century
I step away from revery.”
So, at that time I’m referring to being within the library, and I’ve a selected picture of Deering Library in my thoughts, and the stained glass home windows. Once I’m within the library, I’m transported to the previous, to this historic sensation of being in a spot the place that years in the past, college students, like 50 years in the past, have been in that library finding out, and so it’s this cool feeling I get being in Deering Library.
DANIELLA TELLO-GARZON: Audax the Damsel’s songs are sometimes impressed by actual individuals and experiences, as in her track, “We Might Be.”
SOFÍA STUTZ: I’d say that the track was impressed by somebody, however I not have emotions for that particular person. I consider it now as extra of a track that applies to at any time when I’m fascinated by somebody and that thrilling feeling of newness and alternative and pleasure and anticipation. I not give it some thought as a track a couple of specific particular person.
DANIELLA TELLO-GARZON: What has been your greatest problem as an artist?
SOFÍA STUTZ: I feel one of many greatest challenges for me is sharing with folks that I’m a rapper. A number of occasions when individuals take a look at me after which they hear that and have by no means listened to my music, they’re shocked, and I perceive that response. When individuals consider rapper, they oftentimes have a really particular picture come to thoughts, and I don’t match that field. However, it’s an expertise for me of difficult that slim conception of what it means to be a rapper and being snug being totally different in that approach and reminding folks that rappers are available all kinds. In some methods, it’s a really comparable expertise when individuals discover out that I’m Latina. I’m white passing — blond hair, blue eyes — and for lots of people right here in america, it’s laborious to look previous sure preconceptions of what it means to be Latina. I don’t match essentially match the stereotype. However there are Latinos who appear like me and there are Latinos who appear like something. I positively perceive the response, nevertheless it’s irritating as a result of individuals have assumptions, and it’s a everlasting difficult of these assumptions; being a rapper and being a white Latina.
DANIELLA TELLO-GARZON: You may observe Audax the Damsel on instagram @Audax_Damsel. You can too discover her music on most music streaming platforms together with Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Youtube.
Thanks for listening, that is Daniella Tello-Garzon, and I’ll see you subsequent time. This episode was reported and produced by me, Daniella Tello-Garzon. The summer time managing editors are Sneha Dey and James Pollard, and the summer time editor in chief is Emma Edmund.
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