GET TO KNOW: Dragonfruit
Following on from the release of their much-loved EP ‘Honeymoon Phase’ earlier this year, Dutch outfit Dragonfruit return once again to deliver their dreamy new single ‘Lose My Luck’.
Teaming up with Ghanian-Dutch rapper Kay Slice for the new release, ‘Lose My Luck’ makes for an incredibly warm and illuminating listen. Channelling more of that smooth and alluring neo-soul aesthetic they are known for, this new outing is another shining example of their progressive direction to date.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
Danique: When I was 2 years old I loved Shania Twain. I didn’t understand a single thing about english. Probably barely understood Dutch. But I loved singing Shania Twain.
Kay: Michael Jackson. My uncle gave me a tape of MJ when I was four years old, and a videotape of Thriller when I was 5. I was terrified to watch the full thing til I was 12.. okey I'm lying 13.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
Danique: Yes I did, I had a band in high school. It was a pop rock band. We were cute but the songs weren’t great hehe. Some terrible songwriting on my end. To be fair, they were the first songs i’ve ever written so it’s okay.
Kay: I used to be in a hiphop group when I was 15 it was boombap mostly New York sound hiphop. We used to freestyle a lot I feel that I still benefit of those experiences now.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
Anton: Just the music I listen to on a daily basis. This all ranges from Jamaican reggae to Japanese disco and Egyptian soul to American Hip-hop. There are so many sounds to discover in the world that that will keep the machine going for a while.
Danique: Vibe and feeling. I listen, I feel, I write. Something happens when you hear a beat, a production, a bass line, a riff for the first time. And that awakens a feeling and gives me a topic or a setting or a story.
Kay: My inspiration lays in bringing people together. What moves us to become the best version of ourself? Music in general helps me to navigate through life it gives purpose. To be able to turn episodes, life lessons, traumas and joy into full blown songs is truly a blessing.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
Anton: 10% by Kaytranada. Its soo simple but effective at the same time. Another one would be Foreign Things by Amber Mark. That piano and bass combo…
Danique: So many songs haha. Right now I sometimes wish I was The Japanese House. I really love “Touching Yourself” and “Sad to Breathe”. The melodies are so beautifully melancholic and catchy. They really captivate me.
Kay: Bob Marley War the message of that song is so clear. Song structure build ups everything fits like a glove. I admire Bob Marley’s skill to reflect the times be righteous and send a message at the same time. Its layered yet easy to listen to and intergenerational.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Danique: Not necessarily a career thing but since it has impacted my artistry and skills a lot: I’d love to relive my exchange program in Los Angeles. I studied at USC for a semester in 2019. I’m starting to realise more everyday how much it’s given me and how much I loved it. Back then I felt quite vulnerable and insecure so far away from home in such a big city with so many talented people searching for something. I put too much pressure on myself and gave into feeling small and out of place. I think I would've been able to learn and enjoy it even more if I relive that experience again (knowing what I know now).
Anton: I’m very bad at reflecting but I suppose it would be the day of playing at North Sea Jazz Festival. I’ve been coming there since I was 16 and always had that ‘’oh if you play there, you’ll be really something’’-feeling.
Kay: I saw a video of my first performance ever I was 9 at the time you could feel the joy and freedom in every second. My wish is to nurture and keep that joy/inner child during my whole career.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Anton: Little Simz, Thundercat or Anderson Paak. If people who are sadly not among us anymore count aswel, Mac Miller.
Kay: There are so many great artists it would be amazing to share a stage with: Masego, Nneka, Burna Boy and Angelique Kidjo
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
Danique: Kay wink wink so we can check that of our list.
Anton: The people listed above for sure but there are so many! Kaytranada remixes of our tunes… A Tyler The Creator verse… A collab with Kali Uchis… Duet with Remi Wolf anyone…?
Kay: Id love to work with Kwame Yeboah amazing Ghanaian/UK producer and instrumentalist. There also some amazing fellow dutchies like Full Crate and Joya Mooi.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Anton: I hope doing the same thing I’m doing right now. Which is creating music for the sake of creating something nice and being able to perform that live in as many places as possible for people to enjoy.
Kay: I hope I wont lose my luck, the goal is to multiply the luck. Would be great to tour internationally and curate events myself. The overall goal is to keep evolving as a human being because then the music will evolve too.
Dragonfruit’s new single ‘Lose My Luck’ ft. Kay Slice is available to stream now. Check it out below.