HAIDA LOOP POET & WHOLESOME* MC
- Ms.|PANIK -
ALT INDIGENOUS EXPERIMENTAL LOOP POETRY
HIPHOP SOUL + R&B
Soul Full Melody Maker | Singer | SongWriter Storyteller | Loop Poet & Activist
Vira Danyk is originally from the Unceeded Territory of the Xaayda (HAIDA) Nation and member of the K̲aayahl 'Laanaas Clan.
Originally raised in the Village of Skidegate and fed by the abundance & beauty of the remote island archipelago of Haida Gwaii - Islands of the People on the edge of Wild West Coast of what is now called British Columbia, Canada.
Loop Poet & WHOLESOME* MC
Ms.|PANIK embodies her own unique soul & sound on stage.
Acoustic guitar and spectacular soul vocals are fused together for intimate acoustic performances.
Her Loop Pedal Driven;
hip hop, folk rock & soul influenced live production on stage ::: combines looped rhythms w/ sampled & live percussion + layered guitar + melodic harmonies. Her poetic verses that burst forth in powerful emotionally engaging performances - very often improvised freestyle tailored unique for the energy of each audience.
Ms.|PANIK has an eclectic musical style influenced by her intrinsic connection to sound an vibration + west coast life + ancient cultural wisdom + spirituality + consciousness and the inescapable emotionality of a the human experience and her journey seeking truth & purpose.
Music is her healing & her art.
She combines personal truth + universal wisdom + socio-politics + philosophy & life experience into: loop poetry + soul~full layered vocal harmonies with spoken word + conscious hip-hop influenced verses, and layered guitar & percussion.
She openly shares her life experience & philosophy = which is the heart + soul + vulnerability + healing creativity that is represented in her musical art and performance.
"I aim to inspire others to pursue their passions, personal truths, and to cultivate a sense of community united through musical medicine = Remembering to honour ourselves on this journey of life. We CAN come together to protect the people we love on the planet we share."
SPEAK THE TRUTH.
FACE THE FEAR,
Panik Danyk, was a childhood nickname given to her by her aunt ann. "I wasn't quite like the other kids, I have a pretty distinct personality."
"Ms.|PANIK keeps me humble - there's a lot of things in this world that are backward and enough to freak out about - I'm keeping it together - embracing myself - sometimes you just have to take your insecurities and redefine them as a strength." - MPD
Communication is an art, and our dominant culture denies us the tools to communicate emotions in a healthy way. I have had to learn the skill to be authentic and truly communicate - to accurately articulate what I am expressing so that others can actually absorb my philosophy.
"10 years as an Emergency Medical Responder at EDM Festivals.... PANIK DANYK - just kinda stuck! "
Ms.|PANIK ON EMOTION
"humans are emotionally driven beings; and music is deeply emotional...music gave me piece of mind & taught me how to release energy in a positive way. Music has no judgement about being 'over-emotional.' We all have emotions, good or bad...FEEL THAT SH*T and learn to respond to emotion, rather than react." ~MPD
"The 'OPEN HEARTS EP'
is both a message for myself and for those who are feeling the a shift in consciousness, as loving reminder; or even a call to action. " - MPD
"I want take responsibility to be part of a healing movement, I want to awaken my own heart and inspire others through the music I create."
Ms.|PANIK has an eclectic taste all blended into her own unique style.
She has had a voracious musical appetite that fuelled her interest from an early age.
"I'm completely self-taught in what I do. Music is my jam, my outlet for creative expression, it took me this long to realize I've been working my whole life to get here!"
She picked up a guitar to accompany her own vocal in 2006, and has self taught from there. In 2014, she bought a BOSS- RC 300 and the foray into production began. She has an extensive library of her own acoustic music, and is working toward an album that combines her traditional cultural beliefs and spiritual aspects merging them into beautiful vocal melodies, Spoken Word, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul & EDM influenced tracks.
He latest release the "OPEN HEARTS EP'" is her first foray into taking her live-crafted productions into the studio.
She credits every live performance she has experienced to date.. and all the beautiful humans that have encouraged her along the path to pursue her dreams. She has been inspired by her past to honour the 'wealth' of wisdom that self-study toward personal growth has taught her - with elements of the pop music of the late 80's & 90's she was raised on + her big brothers' grunge and rock mix tapes + her mothers' collection of blues, soul, folk & alternative music to her inspiration as a singer & musician,
"My music developed into a positive outlet for the pain & trauma of my childhood, and then became the greatest tool to help to HEAL myself and through that... I want help to heal others. "
“Two feet & a Heart Beat Walking The Path, I Hope That Mine With Intertwine With Yours Soon, And We Can Let Our Souls Bloom”
“"As far as genre's go: I like to call my acoustic music FolkSoul, and the music I make with the RC-300 FolkHopSoul & Loop Poetry....but then live production and collaboration take you all over the map! "”
Ms.|PANIK is an active participant in the protection of the natural world and the sacred biodiversity of our planet, She holds herself accountable & responsible for helping to preserve wealth and abundance for future generations. She is a rainbow warrior, ancient wisdom protector, a voice for social & environmental justice, a student of the sacred, and a companion for those who also seek healing & wisdom along their path.
"My music is my healing & my art and I will actively use my voice to speak up and acknowledge important issues."
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Ms.|PANIK was given this name by her mother of the same name.
"It was my mother's choice to create a new tradition. Our name will live on - passed to the oldest daughters - she added a contemporary twist to the traditional practice of naming. Haida are a matrilineal culture; the women were the highest authorities and we follow our mother's lineage."
The Haida followed a strict Matrilineal System of Kinship passed on through the
"I carry the wisdom of every female ancestor that has come before me in my DNA. " -MPD
The Haida had an ancient complex cultural and hereditary tradition, with wisdoms that reaches back for millennia. While the Haida were known to be fierce warriors who travelled vast distances and warred with many rival nations; they mastered use of the gifts provided by the natural environment. The Haida people created an economic system of abundance; a social economy based on trade and gifting. Part of this economic system meant high status families gave their wealth away at Potlatch Ceremonies to all those who would attend and bear witness to the important events, ceremonies, and celebrations - and pass the stories on in our oral traditions. The economic system of her ancestors - is one vastly distinct from the current capitalist monetary systems in place today:
"The wealth was within our lineal & intergenerational cultural wisdoms combined with the abundance of the healthy natural environments. It was in our connection to our lands. It was in the rich traditions, the stories & ceremonies - which are interwoven into our ancestral lineage & the practices cultivated and refined over thousands of years. Those practices live on within us. It is our responsibility to pass that on to future generations - it is our responsibility to protect what is sacred to the people. That is our wealth." - MPD
Vira is of mixed ancestry. Her direct ancestors were Haida & Settler Scottish Irish in her mother's direct lineage; and Settler Ukrainian through her father's direct lineage.
She has deep rooted reverence & respect for the cultural and lineal wisdoms of her Haida Ancestors - along with Indigenous Nations of Mother Earth and the sacred laws of the Universe..
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