My name is Ninfa Artemis.
My blood group is O RH positive.
I am a universal donor which means that any person who is RH positive, whatever their blood group may be: O, A, B or AB can receive my blood.
I am the author of all the lyrics and music I perform.
In relation to my personal life: I am single. I have no children. I have a university degree and in recent years, when I’m not at work, all my time is invested in and dedicated to: music. Besides this, there is nothing, just hope.
I am scared to think about how everything started: psychics, prophecies and foolishness! Those involved in the music business know that I could have fainted over a floor covered in thorns and these poking into my skin. My ingenuity and unfamiliarity of how things operate in the music world could have resulted in an ironic smile fleshless of compassion from professionals. I have loved music ever since I was a child and it was also at this time that I felt the sensation that I would assume a serious commitment with music in the future.
For a long time, this feeling was passive. It didn’t awaken my creativity nor did it trigger an incentive to search for offers in the music business. The feeling and desire of commitment to music turned passive by my intimidating circumstances. I didn’t know anyone connected to the music industry - no family members, no friends, no colleagues, no friends of friends, no one. And even today, my one connection is the sole musician with whom I work, ML. The places that I traveled through while studying, the places where I’d lived did not promote the creation of musical projects. When musical events did exist, the artists were always somewhat known by the media or maybe my inexperience didn’t allow me to find opportunities. Time went by and I started working. Time continued to go by and through life circumstances I encountered psychics who insisted and confirmed another path for me on life’s journey. My job which I have dedicated years to would have to be and would one day be abandoned.
In February of 2000 I started to write lyrics to songs and by the end of the year I had written 240 songs (in the first two hours I wrote four songs, such was my elation for this new world) and then I stopped - my creativity was drained! In April of 2002 I returned to music; this time as a composer of 13 songs whose demo I recorded in studio. I started recording in August of 2003 and ended in early 2004. The demo was resumed in 2005 for betterments.
Also in early 2005 (January) in a time when I was sick and bedridden, I wrote the 13 song lyrics to the project “Extreme” in only one week. (I am also quite quick in musical composition.) The recording of this project began in 2006 . The rhythm in completing studio projects is very slow; it all depends on my availability, on the availability of ML and on technical issues. For instance, in the instrumental conception of “Extreme” as I don’t play any instrument nor do I have professional musical training and as I composed the songs singing into a tape recorder at home, ML needed hours to create the instrumental soundtrack. These hours were also spent in “correction” of what he heard me singing into the tape recorder as music obeys musical rules of which I am unaware. (This is where I believe the originality of my music comes from.) If for a layperson this instrumental work seems like an easy task, before I found ML I had great difficulty in finding someone who would do the work. (First I write the lyrics and then I compose the melody. ML always told me that I was constructing a house starting with the roof. I myself could never understand how there are musicians out there who first create the melody and only later do they (or others) come up with the lyrics. I find it is much more difficult to create words that fit exactly into the time scale of the music than to create a song that fits into the sentiment and time scale of already existing words.) There are strict rules in music, rules that the best musicians were educated about and although they say that with music anything is possible, when a person (I) shows up composing simply by instinct, using her voice as the sole instrument without the accompaniment of a piano or guitar, many musicians turned to me and said that things were not as simple as I thought and consequently, they would run from the challenge and turn their backs on helping me. (I searched for these people in music schools, academies and conservatories.)
ML has a degree in Business Management and Administration and a Master’s in International Economics. As may be concluded - nothing related to music. Just like me, but different because he started his musical vocation at 12 years old as a guitar player and enhanced his musical knowledge. Afterwards, he led two parallel lives: one professional, one musical until one day (20 years ago) when he decided to make music his exclusive career.
ML is the only musician with whom I have worked until today and the sole person responsible for my projects: Sound Engineer and Producer are the credits under his belt. Record Production is also a credit which belongs to me so that the songs can be “mine” and not the result of rational techniques that reflect the formulas of the market. Right now I produce the songs as I want them to be produced. I don’t have anyone pressuring me. As I don’t live in the reality of the music industry (I will one day get there) I still have not felt paralyzed by fear, but I’m starting to wake up and see that many artists/bands battle to have an “economic machine” - a great label which will support all the costs of marketing and apply all the techniques it knows to guarantee the success of the artist or band.
I have exceptional magnetic luck that I could distribute to others, but I also have eyes and I see others thinking and fearing that without this “economic machine” they will be as visible as oxygen molecules in the air. Marketing doesn’t only exist to create a fabulous image of the artist, but also to publicize this artist and the songs they perform everywhere and all the time and this is what is unaffordably expensive.
In the media (radio, television and in the press) there are always references made about the same artists and therefore, many people are unaware of the existence of an enormous quantity of artists in the most varied of musical genres. Although there are some (but few) magazines or local radio stations that may at one time or another focus on a local artist or band, publicity is essential. When we walk into supermarkets, we can see that products that have strong publicity are located on eye-level shelves so that the products are more visible and easier to grab. In music, an immediate exposure to the public’s eyes is necessary otherwise the public won’t even have a clue as to the existence of the artist/band.
When you enter into the music world, the “myths,” “secrets” and “lies” are accompanied by quotation marks because they are not really myths, nor secrets, nor lies. Things become obvious. They become ugly - demanding big efforts to reach the “visible shelves.”
For me, those that were on the outside, specifically the radio and television, seemed very friendly or, better yet, gave me the idea that all artists had the same opportunities to get exposure. Obviously, I was distracted . . . if this were true an economic machine wouldn’t be needed to pay this continuous exposure.
The feeling of commitment to music that accompanied me as a child became active on Sunday night, February 13th 2000. The next day I started writing songs. This because on that Sunday night on a phone call with a Brazilian psychic living in Brazil I was asked why I didn’t concentrate the sadness of what was happening in my life to the page by writing songs being that according to her, I had an innate ability to write. I was accusing her (almost directly) of being responsible for my sadness due to errors in her predictions at the end of 1998. She responded, “You have an innate ability to write. Write lyrics to songs. You will be a singer. You will be very famous. You will see the world. A crowd of crowds will join you and good times will come. In regards to him, you will see that it was nothing but puppy love, it was not he that I referred to and although your soul mate comes from the world of music, it was not this musician. He is still to come.” She didn’t say anything else for she was offended by my accusations and the conversation was over.
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Ninfa Artemis: music, lyrics
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