Hi DASHA, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! I’m doing really well- a lot of exciting things in the works! Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me today.
You just released your new single “$hiny Things.” Can you tell us more about the story behind it?
“$hiny Things” was written in LA last December. I always wanted to write a concept song about something sparkly and had the title “$hiny Things” in my notes of song ideas for a few months. I was honestly just messing around on the guitar and started singing the pre-chorus melody “pull up in his hoodie that’s still dirty from the weekend”, and was like woah, that’s catchy as hell. “$hiny Things” is all about confidence and owning the things you’ve got going on that others don’t.
How do you find confidence in yourself and the person you’re with?
Personally, my most prominent love language is words of affirmation. So as long as they do a good job at telling me I’m what’s up it’ll be smooth sailing.
You’re a part of every part of the songwriting process. How important is that for you?
It’s so important to me that I’m apart of each step. Every song I release I write, am involved in the production and mixing of the song, and creative directing the entire project. For the most part, I record, engineer and comp my vocals for my songs as well since that’s the part of the song I’m most particular about. I like being in charge of everything my name is attached to. A lot of your music has retro influences, what are some of your favorites?
What’s your advice to aspiring songwriters?
Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to make every single song a hit. That’s literally impossible. You have to write the really horrible songs that will never leave your voice memos in order to get good enough to write those hits.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I have a huge bank of song concepts, titles, lines, etc in my notes. Creative inspiration isn’t something I can force. So when I am feeling it, I’ll write down as much content I can to help for later.
What was your biggest takeaway in music from 2020?
It’s nice having an excuse to not be performing. Preparing for shows is exhausting. I think I really needed the time to focus on my writing process and artistic vision without other distractions. I’ve never written better songs in my life.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new music – what can we look forward to?
So much new music is on the way. I have my debut EP called $hiny Things with six songs on it dropping in March. I’m so proud of these songs.
What else is happening next in DASHA’s world?
I’m always writing so the volume of music you’ll get this year is always growing. There are a few songs in particular that I’ve posted on Tik Tok and low key leaked that already have some buzz around them. Those releases are going to be crazy. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @dashamusic to stay up to date. Thank you again!
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