“I have such a sensible body and brain, there are constantly things happening and coming that I can draw creativity from”
In the current episode of the Telekom Electronic Beats Podcast, host Jakob Thoene talks to Iranian-Dutch singer, songwriter, and producer Sevda Alizadeh, alias Sevdaliza. The musician was born in Tehran into a Persian artistic family of poets and musicians and has lived in the Netherlands since she was five years old. In her youth, she played basketball professionally, which she had to stop due to injuries. Later she studied communication and worked in marketing. Music has accompanied her for her entire life. During a trip to Brazil, she experienced a new approach to music, and at the age of 24, she decided to make it her profession. Her music and special performances deliberately don’t fit into any pigeonhole. Sevdaliza sings in English and Farsi, uniting the Persian and Western worlds in her music. She works together with a select few musicians from her close circle of acquaintances and publishes her music on her own label Twisted Elegance, in order to keep her music as authentic as possible. In the podcast, she shares her criticism of record labels and her assessment of music as an “abused art form”. She describes how her creativity comes into being and the power she draws from her sensitivity and spirituality, but also from dark moments. She describes how she perceives herself as an eternal underdog and gives listeners an intimate insight into her artistic and spiritual world.