Berlin-based artist Sanni Est is set to self-release her debut album ‘War In Her‘ (buy here) digitally today! The uprising Brazilian-born transgender star is living in Berlin since 2007 where she’s keeping herself busy with various multimedia art projects and working as a trans feminist activist. She creates raw, biographical art, ranging from documentary filmmaking on queer subjects; songwriting about her personal experiences as an immigrant in Germany, and using her body as a tool of expression to provoke the viewer and confront them with their internalised racism and sexism.
Co-produced by techno producer Akaroid her 10-track album is a broad mixture of different styles & influences. She recorded herself playing typical north-eastern Brazilian percussion instruments, various synths, vocals and even engaged her then 15-year-old brother to play the snare, pandeiro and beat-box on various tracks.
My name is Sanni Est but you might know me as Marie. I was born in Olinda, Brazil and grew up in Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil. When I was a child my idol was Xuxa, because of television. When I was 7, I started playing ‘Asa Branca’ (by Luiz Gonzaga) on my plastic flute. It was then when I realised that I wanted to make music forever and decided to enroll for the Conservatory. Since then I studied the violin, the flute and choir singing for 6 years; studied theatre and different styles of dance; did a sex reassignment surgery; became a DJ in Berlin; participated in a few short movies. One of my best gigs I played was at the Mash-Up at Supamolly, Berlin, in May 2017. It was so much fun to work on the production of my album with my friend Chris (Akaroid) and to give workshops for DJ’ing and video-making to kids in Germany.
One of the best gigs I have been to was Monotekktoni live at CCCP, maybe 2009. I loved going to Rome with my best friend from Brazil just to see Björk perform at the Auditorium Parco della Musica on her Vulnicura tour.
Now I live in Berlin with my beloved flatmate. In my house you can find cachaça and my refrigerator is usually full with vegetables and ice cream. I enjoy cooking and boats a lot. I can spend hours talking. One of my favorite places to visit is Rio de Janeiro, because of the climate, landscapes, and people’s accent.
On weekdays I work on different jobs, prepare my DJ sets, rehearse for ‘War In Her’s live show with my band, worry too much. I used to work in a bar and not have weekends; now I’m curious how my life is gonna look like having free weekends (except for dj’ing/performing live).
My favorite song at the moment is An Itch, by Fever Ray. A film I watched lately and really liked was Fargo, by The Coen Brothers. The last series I watched and loved was Seven Seconds, by Veena Sud. I am very inspired by talented and eloquent women of colour in my surroundings and on the media. My dream is to be able to spend half of the year with my family in Brazil. My worst nightmare is to be mediocre. I love truffled olive oil and hate days spent on public transportations. I am addicted to the internet, I just cannot stop thinking about post-colonialism, structures of power and exploitation on which our human interaction is based. I get totally fucked up, when I heartbreak-drink. The next day I need to eat fresh fruit, drink coconut water, smoke some weed and be alone with music. Local Suicide reminds me of “Sabato sera alla discoteca”.
Tomorrow I wanna tidy my room. Next month I want to have our live show for ‘War in Her’ ready with the band. Next year I wanna have a world live tour. In 10 years I hope to alternate from film productions to album recordings to touring, all of that being able to stay in Brazil with my family for roughly half of the year.
If I wasn’t an artist, I would be a translator, teacher or stripper. If my life was a Hollywood movie, I would have the main role, because I love to represent myths of myself. If I could have sex with anyone, it would be Yves Dropper, or Chris Pratt. If I was a car, I would be a I’m afraid I don’t know any car by name; or that I relate to. If I was an animal, I would be a penguin: loyal, misfortunate, life-risking. If I was a drug I would be pot! If I was an invention, I would be a milk frother. If I was an object, I would be a bed. If I could date myself, I wouldn’t. If I could play with anyone it would be Radiohead. I would like to collaborate with Beirut. If I had only one wish, it would be spend an afternoon cooking and drinking wine with Björk. I would never say never, because I‘ve contradicted myself enough in past.
My word of advice to the reader would be to love yourself – even and specially if you need to work to earn your self-love.