5 Minutes with... DNA
Thursday, August 10, 2017

DNA is an innovative group of singers and musicians taking the Abu Dhabi crowd on a memorable journey. From a powerful and heartfelt ballad to the very latest hit songs, their original renditions of everyone's favorite pop, Latin, dance, jazz, blues and R&B songs will keep party-goers singing and dancing all night long.

Meet the residents: David, Marvin, Lisandra and Daylor. 

         DavidMarvinLisandraDaylor

Why DNA? What does your band name mean? 

David: DNA is the breakdown of music - we strive to play the best artists, singers and songwriters from the R&B/Latin and Soul genres. Musicians who are the heart of music!  

How did you all meet? Tell us about how DNA came to fruition? 

Marvin: We were introduced to each other by our amazing management company who believed our individual cultures had such similar passions for music that we would make an electric mix. They were right! 

How did you come to find yourselves in Abu Dhabi? 

We asked for sun, sea and sand – we didn’t realise that they would send us to the desert! 

Apart from Abu Dhabi, if you get a chance to select a city, where would you like to play?  
 
Lisi: Ooo that’s hard. There are so many great musical cities out there. 
Anywhere where people are really passionate about music is where we’d feel at home! 
 
Who are your biggest influences? 

David: James Brown because I have a strong soul/R&B background and he was the most prolific artist of that genre.  
Daylor: The Cuban drummer, Horacio Hernandez. He can more effortlessly through musical styles.  
Lisandra: I love Amy Winehouse – her singing style and songs are so unique.  
Marvin: Joe Sample. One of the greatest pianists, keyboard players, and composers ever! He mixes Classical and Jazz. 

Sum up your musical style in the length of a tweet.  
 
David: Cool, laid-back, sexy, sophisticated with bursts of energetic passion mixed with latin and R&B flavours.  

Have there been any disasters when you have been performing? Any funny stories to tell us?  

Daylor: Lisi is such a dramatic performer that one day she danced so hard and twisted her foot – which isn’t funny except when you realise that the stage is tiny!  
Marvin: We came in to start the set once and we had accidentally switched off the power to the stage lights. We thought we could just turn the switch back on and the power would come back but what we didn’t realize is the entire lighting program had been erased and we were stuck with hot pink lights the whole night. 
David: We had a regular guest whose way of requesting a song instead of writing it down was to sing the title very loudly… and badly from his seat!
 

What’s the best thing you like about your residency in The Jazz Bar?  
 
Daylor: We have such a great audience who really love good music and always want to have a good time and it’s always nice when the party gets a little crazy sometimes #LadiesNights and weekends! :S 
Plus, the staff are amazing to work with – we make a great team! 

What has been the biggest challenge for you as a group? How did you overcome?  
 
We had only met online prior to our first performance at Jazz Bar. We only had 2 days to put our show together before our opening night – on Eid. We really felt the pressure! 
We locked ourselves in Jazz and rehearsed until fingers started hurting and voices became croaky.   
 
And finally, where can we find out more about you?  
 
At Jazz Bar & Dining – 6 nights a week – Sunday to Thursday from 9:30 pm – haha! 
Otherwise – we’re also on the Jazz Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JazzBarAD/ 

 

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