Irma Derby started singing since she was twelve years old. Now, she is a known name in the music industry. A good reason to interview this talented singer.
As a black female singer, how do you see the music industry?
The music industry changed a lot the last ten years. The big record labels don’t sign contracts easily: as a singer you are on your own. The big positive thing though, is that because of YouTube and the worldwide download portals, everybody in the world can hear and see what you are doing. I don’t think in black or white, my opinion is that it is hard for everybody and you just have to work hard and believe in yourself.
What lesson did the music-industry taught you?
Just that you have to keep on working very hard.
Who are your biggest influences in the music, and why?
To me, Whitney Houston was the reason I started singing. Every day I was singing songs like ‘The greatest love’ because I loved her voice. After that, I was listening to artists like Chaka Khan. She was so good and inspired me to experiment with my own voice. I studied every day to accomplish what she does with her incredible sound.
How important is health in your life?
I drink a lot of water, eat well and that is what I want to teach my children too. Normally, I cook each day. Because of my husband we have a ‘mixed kitchen’ where we combine the cultures of Surinam and Dutch cooking.
Tell us what your favorite dish to cook is?
Mmmmm, I love food! My favorite is the Surinam kitchen. Roti, Saoto, Pom.. I get hungry from this question!
What is next? What’s your next event / appearance / show?
Right now I concentrate myself on the Amsterdam Dance Event starting 17th of October. I will perform there on 18th and 21st of October, together with a lot of national and international DJ’s. I worked with a few of them in the past and it’s nice to see each other again. I’m also recording a new record with the number one DJ of Spain: Eric Romano. Because I write, I have to concentrate myself on that too.
What last words do you have for by Styling Amsterdam readers and women like yourself aiming for their goals?
Try to stay optimistic and go for your goals. keep believing in yourself and you will succeed!