Dessa talks her passion for language and upcoming Grand Rapids show
On March 31, 2023, Dessa joined Centerstage Minnesota for a conversation about her love for language and an upcoming Grand Rapids show.
GRAND RAPIDS — Dessa can still remember the excitement she felt learning new words as a child.
“The way that a future geologist runs around as a little kid collecting rocks, I felt like I had a word collection slowly building in the pantry of my mind,” the Minnesota artist said.
That passion for language is showcased in the art forms Dessa has worked in over the years. After establishing herself as a rapper through her solo albums and time with Doomtree, she wrote a memoir, released a collection of poetry, and hosted a TED Talk.
In her latest venture as host of the BBC podcast Deeply Human, she delves into some of the big questions about what makes us human.
But even after branching out into different areas, Dessa is still focused on her music. She is currently recording a new album. She joined Centerstage Minnesota for an interview about her new music and her Tuesday, April 4, show at the Reif Center in Grand Rapids.
“I think there are moments on the next record that really lean into pop melodies,” Dessa said, “but there are also some darker tracks and some hip/hop tracks.”
Centerstage Minnesota airs every Friday at 2 and 10pm on Northern Community Radio. It is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.