Felisha Ledesma is a multi-disciplinary artist currently based in Berlin, GER. In January 2021, Ledesma’s first full-length release on Psychic Liberation x Enmossed arrived after much experience in creating collaborative works, site-specific installations, and high-profile festival performances.
Over the past decade, Ledesma co-founded, directed, and supported various organizations focused on experimental sound and community engagement such as the Synth Library in Portland, OR, a lending library for electronic music equipment. Most recently Felisha co-founded Fors (fors.fm), creating “novel instruments that are elegant to use and adventurous in sound” in collaboration with Ess Mattisson and is studying sonic arts at Universität der Künste, Berlin.
1. naps solve creative blocks
2. redistribute resources
3. there are no experts
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Being able to witness so many amazing artists performances, releases, exhibitions – watching them create worlds in real time.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I have always been tied to music in some capacity. My dad was a musician and I grew up going to every show I possibly could. Sound has been the way I communicate and connect with people.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
DJ Rashad – Double Cup
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Love is a Stream
Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe
loveliescrushing – bloweyelashwish
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
the smell of summer sweat (on the u-bahn)
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
My favorite moment since I moved was walking around Weissensee at dusk listening to different bluetooth speakers fading into one another.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would become a perfumer.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Broshuda – Contemplative Figuration
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
I performed in a warehouse in Berlin before I moved here and that moment I knew it was time to stop overthinking and put out some releases.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
We are on very different paths, but they have always been supportive of what I do.
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