Our Community Liaison, Kristina Lao, recently sat down with Nimbus alumna, singer-songwriter & activist Atisa Delle, to talk about building community and the Blessed Coast Festival coming up this weekend, July 22-25th in Squamish!
I’m sitting here with Atisa and what sounds like a lawnmover at Kranky Cafe. Atisa has vibrant posters and business cards with her for Blessed Coast, an inspiring festival in its second year. Cookie and coffee in hand, we catch up about life after Nimbus, following your passion and values, and life on both sides of the music industry.
I’m part of a community that is environmentally inspired and progressive. The coordinator and I are both part of the community and met through that network.
What was it that inspired you to come on board with Blessed Coast?
The thing that was most inspiring for me? I really appreciate the process of building relationships with native and original people of this land… the fact that Blessed Coast is really doing a lot intentionally around that relationship-building as well as reparation is really important to me as an individual… it’s integral to who I am.
Tell me about Blessed Coast!
Blessed Coast is a yoga, music and arts festival. We’re very much about creating a culture of sobriety and relationship-building and that’s what differentiates us from most other festivals is that we’re acknowledging that land that we’re on and we cater our workshops and the culture on the festival grounds towards that awareness.
Who are you looking forward to seeing at Blessed Coast this year?
I am really excited to see Trevor Hall, he’s been a huge inspiration both in my professional and personal life.
What are two things that you have learned since graduating?
Two things that I’ve learned since graduating: you have to set goals, and hold yourself accountable to them if you want to get anywhere. The second thing is being accountable in general, towards the people you’re working with and the community you’re a part of. At the centre of everything that the music industry is about is community.
** Of course, at this point, I nod my head in fervent agreement – I’m the Community Liaison here, after all! **
What is your job title at Blessed Coast?
Sponsorship and Community Partnership Development Coordinator. So essentially what that entails is reaching out to local businesses that we feel are aligned with our environmental and community ethics and invite them to be part of Blessed Coast, and us moving forward as an organization.
How has your education at Nimbus helped you to inform your processes in that regard?
It’s really helped me understand the right questions to ask and the information that I need to come to the table with as well as those I need to ask for from others.
What are your goals for the next 12 months?
My personal goal is to really start lending my services to the LGBTQ community and creating a platform for consultancy work with them… helping them to demystify the [music] industry and make it more accessible for individuals within that community. Professionally in terms of projects… getting experience doing management services for artists that I’m working with, and just focusing my efforts to make Blessed Coast a strong organisation… so that it can be really successful in the long term, because festivals can tend to fall off the map within two or three years and I believe that going forth in the next 12 months my goal is to really help create a foundation for it to grow into something like Wanderlust.
You’re a fantastic singer-songwriter as well. What’s in store for Atisa Delle?
Well currently I’m working on an EP with another student at the school (Eva-Kate Smith)… my time at Nimbus really taught me all the administrative things that go into putting out something like that, so not just going into the studio… I’m really excited to get to put to use the education that I earned at Nimbus.
What advice would you give to an artist who has very little music business experience or knowledge?
My best piece of advice to those working outside of the industry in non-related fields is to build a community those who know more about the industry than you do by going to networking events.
We shared a cookie, many laughs, and I have left this interview feeling well and truly blessed. Thanks Atisa!