(Editor’s Note: This interview with singer Fatiniza was conducted by Tom Heckbert for the now-defunct website Eyestrane.com, where it was originally published in May of 2012. It’s been republished at Idol Features courtesy of Tom.)
Currently residing in Dubai, Fatiniza continues to promote her debut release with a succession of live performances. Since she emerged on the scene in Dubai, Fatiniza has worked the popular clubs to famous hotel resorts, high profile events and major music festivals in the UAE. She has also been shortlisted as one of the finalists for the upcoming Bite My Music Global Awards. With her explosive live shows, Fatiniza has successfully established herself as the region’s most popular female artist, landing performances for the ruler of the UAE Sheik Khalifa Al Nayan, the ruler of Dubai Sheik Mohamed Al Maktoum, golfer Tiger Woods and football giants AC Milan. Fatiniza also performed at the Formula 1 Grand Prix finals in Abu Dhabi, closing of the Brazilian parade and again supporting UK singer/songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae.
Fatiniza has enjoyed sustained media attention in Dubai fueling her meteoric rise in the UAE’s music scene. This led to nominations for Time Out Award Nightlife Awards for “Best Artist in Dubai” 2010 and 2011. Her debut music video for “Out of Control” also received heavy rotation on MTV Arabia. 2011 kicked off for Fatiniza with a performance at the Dubai International Jazz Festival ahead of musical legends Mica Paris and Macy Gray. Across the globe in native Colombia, Fatiniza has also been making a big impression. Latin Grammy winning label Millennium Representatives of Colombia have recently signed up Fatiniza to distribute her music signaling her entrance into the Colombian charts.
Fatiniza is passionate about helping the less fortunate around the world and the environment. In 2010 she supported efforts providing aid to Pakistan when heavy rains and floods devastated the country. She’s recently teamed up with the marine conservation initiative “Paddle for the Planet” and released the single “Today,” which will raise funds to protect marine reserves around the world.
Fatiniza is distributed by Millennium Representatives in Colombia and Daxar Music in the Middle East. Confusion is available in stores and on iTunes.
EYESTRANE: How would you best describe your music?
FATINIZA: My music is radio friendly rock pop. It’s really catchy and makes you wanna tap your feet.
EYESTRANE: If you had a chance to perform anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
FATINIZA: El Campin Stadium in Bogota, Colombia! Because this is my territory and it would be awesome to see and hear my people singing along to my songs.
EYESTRANE: if you had a chance to collaborate with any musician on the planet, who would it be and why?
FATINIZA: Independent musicians of my local scene because then it would be a proper collaboration. There are some incredibly talented musicians out there that need the support and have equally as much talent or much more as some known artists.
EYESTRANE: What would you like to be remembered for?
FATINIZA: Being a fighter. Beating the system! Opening doors for the ones walking behind me.
EYESTRANE: You win a chance to open for your favorite act – what song would you perform and what would you do on stage?
FATINIZA: One of my songs for sure, I think my debut song Out of Control. I would do a hell of a show! Fire! Ice… Lots of drama… Something really visually impressive
EYESTRANE: Have you championed any good cause? What are your plans to do more?
FATINIZA: Yep! Paddle for the planet! A worldwide environmental organization. I am the ambassador and wrote a song called ‘Today’ as an awareness call for everyone to realize how our marine environment is suffering. Planing to continue this until the message reaches everyone all over the world!
EYESTRANE: You’ve been asked to pose nude for a magazine and this is your best chance to gain publicity, would you do it?
FATINIZA: Maybe half of body, you know something really artistic…but totally naked? No Way!
EYESTRANE: You look into the crystal ball and see your future? What does it say?
FATINIZA: It says I will be sitting on a porch on a rocking chair, old, listening to my own old tunes with my grandchildren on my lap and looking at the sea.
EYESTRANE: Money or fame? Why?
FATINIZA: Money… anyone can be famous, and let’s face it, who can survive with only fame?
EYESTRANE: What is your biggest achievement to date?
FATINIZA: My songs and music video on Colombian radio and TV and MTV Arabia.
EYESTRANE: What is your advice to up and coming musicians?
FATINIZA: File your claws and keep climbing! Don’t stop if this is what you want, no matter how many doors are shut in your face, there is always the one that will open and always support others like you did!
Music video for “Out of Control”
Interview arranged courtesy of Bite My Music; the organizer of the Bite My Music Global Awards, the world’s biggest independent music awards, and FMT.com; a news web site providing independent and original perspectives of Malaysian current affairs.