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INTERVIEW: Dakota

Hi Dakota, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Since releasing my single, I’ve been feeling amazing! The response from my fans has been overwhelming in the best way possible! I am extremely excited to put out more music. I am filled with so much gratitude and happiness! It’s so amazing to see people’s positivity towards my music and I am so excited to show them more of what I’ve been working on!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “No One”?

The idea for “No One” came from a conversation I had with some of my girlfriends. We were all having issues with boys at the time and I wanted to write a song that we can relate to. I love jamming out with my friends as we drive down Sunset Boulevard. I played my friends the first demo while driving down Sunset Boulevard and they loved it. I didn’t tell them it was mine so I could hear their honest opinion. Their big smiles and ability to sing along by the second chorus was validation that this was gonna be great.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I wanted to write a song about independence and confidence. I want my audience to feel empowered and believe that they are capable of being happy on their own. It took me a long time to figure this out on my own and I feel that it is very important to be reminded that you are more than enough.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I am currently working on ideas for a music video for “No One.” I love 90s R&B videos and plan on pulling elements from those references. Ariana Grande’s music videos are absolutely iconic and I would love to incorporate some inspiration from her stuff as well. This music video is very important to me as this is a visual display of my song and will be able to reach people on another level.

How was the recording and writing process?

I love the writing and recording process. It really is fun. I love being able to express myself in a song.

What did you learn from your tenure time on American Idol that you have been putting in action on your career?

With just getting off American Idol, a new fire was lit up inside me to keep pushing. I want people to know me for me, not someone else’s story. I learned a lot on Idol about myself as a musician and as a person, which I am extremely grateful for, but now it’s time for people to hear what I have to say.

How has Stax and Motown influenced your writing? How do you go about blending your classic roots with your more modern influences?

I am heavily influenced by classic R&B and funk artists like Teena Marie, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder. I want to bring back elements of this style into the current pop world similar to Charlie Puth. With disguising jazz chords and a pop 808 drum pattern, I plan to slowly bring back this genre of music to the charts.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes, I’ve been working on a new song and it should be coming out in the summer.  I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’m hoping for June/July.

Any plans to hit the road?

I am so excited to be touring this summer! I feel the most comfortable when on stage. The connection I have with the audience is the main reason why I love music. I am able to connect with people and see their reactions first hand. It’s also an amazing feeling when someone comes to me after a show saying how much they loved it and how they felt watching me play. It really means a lot to me because that’s what keeps me going. I love making people feel something because that’s what my favorite artists have done for me.

Listen to her new single “No One” here!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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