Vayana O’Tasheva


I’ve been singing since I was 5. Joined my first rock band “Black Night” when I was 17. I am front man of psychedelic trio “Слонът на принцесата”(The elephant of the princess) and one half of electronic duo GO’TOUCH’T. As a solo artist I am known to my audience as “Kopriva” which in Bulgarian means “Nettle” and I’m performing Live street acts. I’ve been creating music since I was a child and it has always been this cosmic language that passes through me so that I can share my thoughts and connect with other living beings - humans, animals and plants. I create my music by looping my voice through a vocal processor and using various vocal effects that I control in real time. Improvisation is major part of my art, giving me the unique opportunity to interact with my audience and use their reactions to shape my music.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

For me music is cosmic language. It gives me strength, love, freedom madness and peace. I give them back in return:)

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

The world is already changing. My role is small but I’m trying to make it a more peaceful place. As humans we need to remember that we are all connected. I believe hate and violence is not our way. Love, companion and freedom of consciousness is the way to change the world.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Dio, PANTERA, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Gravity Co., Alice in Chains, Kimbra, Glass animals, Portishead, Massive Attack, Lamb, The cat empire, Subcarpati, SunSay, Radiohead, The music, Queens of the Stone Age, Исихия, SBTRKT, Above & beyond, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, Dub FX, Hallucinogen, Oi va voi, Roberto Alagna, Ott, Shpongle, Alice Russel, Balkansky...

What inspires you to make music?

The sky, the cosmos, nature, every tree, a song of a bird,the wind, the sound of a river, every noise, every aroma, every colour... I guess everything :)

What is the message you want to send with your music?

I believe that we are One - one with nature, one with all people, and that the way to resist violence is to spread love through art. For that reason peace, love and freedom of consciousness are an inspiration to, and at the heart of, my music.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I feel free to be me. I feel free.

What do you think of Drooble?

nice platform, I like it, it is really easy to find whatever you want :)

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes I do. I go to concerts, share info, music, events. I spread the word.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

трохи, ПЕРДАХ, Portable Elephant, TFSL, Saint Null