Daphne Guinness already looks like a rock star. The 48-year-old longtime philanthropist, muse and visionary of the arts is breaking new ground with her first full-length album this month deemed “Optimist in Black.” The 14-track album was produced by David Bowie’s acclaimed producer Tony Visconti and early releases — including the haunting, steampunk ballad “Marionettes” and the addictively repeatable “The Long Now” — provide a taste of what’s yet to come. The full-length follows Guinness's documentation of a period of her very public life with tragedy, beauty and of course, great art, as written by her own pen.
Am I right in saying that you’re classically trained? Did that influence your approach to music at all?
I’m trying to relearn theory. I suffer from perfect pitch and — this is probably being too technical — but music theory makes a lot of sense to me, it’s like math and physics. I can get the key immediately by hearing it, but writing [a song] down, other people are faster at that than me.