Interview – Dainis Tenis

I recently a piece of classical music by Latvian Dianis Tenis called Momentum II in a round-up review and playlist featuring classical music as a whole. I really enjoyed his music and felt it was very beautiful – read the interview below to find out more and make sure you check his music out if you like what you read!

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a new track titled Momentum II. What can you tell us about the track and where can it be purchased?

Yes, Momentum II is my first release of the upcoming debut album as a solo musician and it can be purchased on amazon.com

The piece is about repetitive moments in our daily lives, which for some reason are taken for granted. Things like having a meal, sleeping, looking at a person you love, waking up for a new day to begin, seeing thousands of colours everyday, feeling the slightest touch of wind, or as simple as the sweet taste of water when you’re thirsty.

Each of us decides which moments to remember throughout our lives – happy ones, sad ones – and relive them mentally/emotionally again and again. It’s the nature of human beings.

Momentum II describes the minutiae of everyday life, that we don’t consciously care about, until we stop and focus on those small things that are taken for granted, such as breathing itself.

Have you got any plans to release a full length album or an EP anytime soon?

In the near future (hopefully in the summer) I will release my first album called DECODER.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

It is the best. I enjoy writing music a lot because every time I catch an idea or just a small pattern of notes accidentally comes to mind, it gives me a new path to somewhere special. Bit by bit, it becomes a trackway, then an unpaved road until finally, when there is nothing more to add, I leave it as an asphalted road. From time to time I love to drive, music wise, look around, feel and relive all of the music making process.

Recording my music can be hard for me. I always struggle with a question – did I say everything the piece wanted for me to say? So after dozens of takes, I usually go back to the first ones, because they seem to be the most accurate and honest. It’s only logical – it’s pretty hard to talk, feel and relive the same stuff 20 times and be honest about it.

Do you plan to release any singles at any point in the near future?

Yes – in less than a month, I will release the second single from the same upcoming album.

You’re from Latvia. What is the music scene like in your part of the world at the moment?

We have a number of very talented musicians and bands, who would perform a lot if not for the Covid-19 situation. For now I see and hear many musicians working from home and releasing new songs, videos, making new teams, new bands, going solo, performing online, doing whatever can be done to be heard and not disappear from the horizon.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I have many influences, but mostly I get influenced by non-music related senses, starting from my everyday routine – friends, daily events, talks, till wider specter of impressions like seasons, nature, weather, family, etc.

I am a music lover. Lately I’ve been listening to the latest album of The Architects, but I love to listen to music of Muse, Arcade Fire, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Gojira, Nils Frahm, Hania Rani, Lorna Shore, Luna, Becca Stevens, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Rammstein, Thom Yorke, The Real Band, C Duncan etc… Music is what I love.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic is actually the reason why I started to play and record my solos.

I am a member of a band called DAGAMBA and each year, till pandemic started, we had tours around the world – concert after concert, recording after recording. Nobody knew that Covid-19 would be the one to stop our routine. But here I am, and my dream to play solo and start a new path for myself is cleared for a grand opening.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

Not yet, I have some concerts expected in Latvia in spring and summer, but a tour will be announced with my second album release.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

Everything at my performances is played live and by me. I perform on a Klavins Piano UnaCorda combined with a standard grand piano, Moog 37 and a bunch of effect pedals. Come and see how fun it is for me to jump from instrument to instrument and enjoy it together.

Any last words for the fans?

Please follow me on Instagram and Facebook to be the first one to hear my new tracks, see where I perform and watch some videos.