One is more than simply the title of vocalist Dierdre Dubois' debut solo album: It's also a bold statement of motivation and intent. After a decade of collaboration with the ambitious, far-reaching world music ensemble Ekova, One marks Dierdre's emergence as a solo artist making her first creative statement. The album title also symbolizes her singular control over every aspect of the album. "I've given myself the freedom to work with different people," she explains. "I called all the shots on this album; I decided with whom I was going to work, and I oversaw the production. And I'm lucky enough to have found partners who supported me in the choices that I made." That singular vision is echoed in her decision to release One under her first name only.
As a member of Ekova, Dierdre had come to worldwide renown for her imaginative, wordless vocal flights of fancy, set against music that combined old-world textures with new-world technology, bridging the gaps between ancient and modern, East and West. "After ten years of working in a band situation, we'd all grown in different directions," Dierdre says of Ekova's split. "We'd all been really focused on thisone project for a long time, and we'd learned a lot from each other. But we'd all matured, and the time had come for each of us to try something new, something more personal."
For Dierdre, creative freedom provided the opportunity to wholeheartedly embrace the electronica that had gradually become an important part of Ekova's eclectic musical mix. In a sense, it was actually a return to her roots: "Before I came to Europe, I was a Goth hippie!" she explains, laughing. "I was clubbing three times a week, if not more, and just dancing. Then when I started making music, I just gave myself completely to it. And now, making more danceable music and being onstage with electronic music, I'm dancing more and more. I feel like I'm going back to being more myself. And electronic music is really part of who I am, even though I set it aside for a while to learn other things."