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article imageU.S. soul singer Welfair intent on keeping the momentum going Special

By Adrian Peel     Jun 2, 2017 in Music
Los Angeles - Los Angeles-based artist Welfair (Danielle Espinoza) has been gigging in support of her sophomore EP 'Good Mourning', which was released in November 2016. Digital Journal put some questions to her.
Welfair's music effortlessly blends soul and ‘90s-flavoured R&B, with an electronic backing. She recently performed a number of shows in the LA area, including Saturday, May 6 at Pasadena’s The Eclectic Festival and at The Troubadour on May 8, where she opened for Raleigh Ritchie.
The four-track Good Mourning was released on her brother’s birthday, her brother who committed suicide in late 2015. As a play on words, the title helped the singer work her way through the grieving process, pouring her heart and soul into the project. Music-wise, the EP displays a neo-soul and funk groove that helps to soften the blow of the hard-hitting lyrics.
Hi Welfair, how are you? What have you been up to recently?
"I’m great. I’ve been playing a lot of shows and not getting enough sleep - it’s great!"
You've been doing shows in the LA area, I gather. How did they go? What kind of reaction are you finding to your new music?
"They’ve been going great! People are starting to sing the songs back to me now so that’s tight! That makes me very, very happy. That’s all you can ask for, really.
"When I first heard the crowd sing back to me, I had to process it - I didn’t think it was real! I thought I was just hearing it in my head or something. Someone actually captured it on video, and it’s on my instagram. Because of that video I finally realised it was real."
Welfair on stage
Welfair on stage
Lidia Alvarez
What can you tell me about Good Mourning, your most recent EP? How does it differ from your first EP, Gem.in.I?
"Well, I released Good Mourning on November 25, which is my brother’s birthday. I’ve just been kind of coasting off that release. I hadn’t really been playing shows for a while and recently started performing again. It’s about time!
"Both EPs are about what I was going through at the time. I guess Gem.in.I was more about finding myself and my identity, and what I sound like as an artist - and production-wise it’s a lot more electronic.
"Good Mourning is electronic as well, but it’s way more funk and soul-based for sure. It's about mourning and taking a terrible situation and making it into something productive."
What else can you tell me about the circumstances that inspired the EP?
"In a nutshell, it was the first time I had ever lost someone so close to me. Music is pretty much the only outlet I have, I feel like, to process life and hurt.
"I actually feel like I’m healing when I’m singing. Good Mourning was really just to help me get through it because I really didn’t know what else to do.”
Where did the name 'Welfair' come from?
"It came from the idea of being a better person and wanting to make good choices for my well-being and the well-being of others."
What are your plans for the rest of 2017 and beyond?
"I want to keep building my fanbase and keep playing more shows - that’s my favourite thing to do, ever! I want to keep making new music. I have a good momentum going and just want to keep it up."
For more information on Welfair, visit her official Facebook page.
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