Adriana Kaegi

The new wave of women in electronica are changing pop. With a chic cosmopolitan sensibility that's sexy and smart, it's only right that a natural born pioneer like Adriana should be on its front line to take female digi-pop to another, savvier level.

Her latest album, Tag,is the cool comeback of the co-founder of the tropical funk mega-band, Kid Creole And The Coconuts (you can learn about the documentary she just completed about the band here). It's a voice we've been waiting to hear -- a grown woman making intelligent witty chill-out songs with personality.

Kaegi's smooth sound hovers in a sophisticated continental zone set somewhere between electronic lounge and dance. For Adriana, the flow between musical styles is as easy as the way she moves between choreography and the video magazine she does on 

How do you describe your music to people, Addy?
chill-out electronic lounge music in short or i give them the line....downtempo music for the recently unemployed - why? because i have songs like what you gone do when the money runs out on it and other songs that deal with today's economic and social issues

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
When I was 6 years old I told everyone I was going to be a singer. I came to America from Switzerland at 18 to become an entertainer and I studied dance with Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, and acting with Lee Strasberg. It was love that got me into the music biz. My now former husband and good friend, August Darnell was in the Grammy Nominated Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band when I met him. He and Coati Mundi both left that band and as the three of us were celebrating my 20th birthday, we came up with a concept for a new band, and that is how Kid Creole And The Coconuts was founded, over a drink in a Jazz Club in New York, and that was the beginning of my recording career.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
DANCING, I love to dance and become one with the music. I believe that dancing is the best therapy; it is a universal language much like music. Well for me it is all the same dance and music cause you can not dance without the music now could you?

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
juggling the creative AND the business

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
a singer

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I grew up listening to music from Germany, Italy, France etc. It influenced my way of singing; I sometimes mix more then two languages in one song, and I do have a kind of European sound Americans love.

What other artists out there do you love?
Brazilian Girls, The Shanghai Restoration Project, Chocolate Chill, Thievery Corporation 

What does your future hold?
Only the future knows, I live NOW bring it will be good I am sure cause I am a positive person.
All I can predict is that I will have a new EP out before the year's end, hopefully my film will be out next year and my book as well.