Artist Interview: día
After obtaining over 10,000 views on the visual "Liar", recording artist día has been making a name for herself across New York City and if you aren't familiar with her it's time to get to know this talented upcoming pop artist. Check out her full interview with Du'Lanci Vallie below.
If you wasn't in the music business or industry, what do you think you would be doing with your life instead?
I would be a writer and write thriller novels. I've always had a fascination with creating - just like creating a song. Being able to write a fantasy world into existence is not only inspiring and beautiful to me, but it's magical. Do you prefer the Independent route or would you rather sign to a major record label, and why?
No lie, being independent is hard, but I do love the actual independence that it comes with. I feel like I can be free with myself and music, which is something a lot of artists don't have. However, I do have goals to get signed one day and take my music to the next level.
Who's your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
I've said since 2016 that I would love to collaborate with Doja Cat, Jorja Smith, or Jhene Aiko. I just love the effortless flow they have and the confidence they exude. My absolute dream would be to collab with Miley Cyrus though. Her music has gotten me through a lot since I was a kid and she's inspired me in a lot of ways.
What would you consider your most successful or proudest moment in your music career, so far?
Being able to perform at SOB's in front of my parents. I want to show them that I'm serious about my passion and I won't stop until I get where I need to be Out of all the songs you've released, what do you think is your Best song and why?
The numbers would say that "Liar" is my best song, but honestly I really love "No One Else." I wrote that song when I was heartbroken and pretty sad most of the days. I remember writing it in my journal and crying on the page, which was the first time I actually released my emotions about the situation. I was proud of myself for exploring my deepest feelings and getting them out onto paper and then creating a song about it. Now instead of crying over the heartbreak, I can just listen to my song and smile.
Are you able to make a living with your music? If so, how were you able to attain a career doing what you love? If not, what do you do in order to fund your music career? What advice would give to someone who's interested in pursuing a career in music?
Listen - times are tough right now! Every artist dreams of making a living with their music and I'm no different. I make money from streams and shows, but I do have a job so that I can have money to fund my music & to pay the bills. My advice would be that even if you are not able to spend 100% of your time on music, just be consistent and purposeful with the time you do have. If you can't get in the studio every day then create content with the music you do have, post on socials, book shows, promote yourself, and never give up. It is too easy to get discouraged and it is so hard to persevere. You just can't ever give up. Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
I have performed at a lot of places! I started off performing at open mics, probably in three or four boroughs in New York. My last three shows have been in Manhattan at places like DROM and SOB's and I am definitely looking to travel and start performing in other cities. My next show is on 11/28 at SOB's with the ticket link in my bio!
What do you think makes you stand out from all the other aspiring and upcoming artists in your genre of music?
That's a good question. Honestly, there is so much talent out there that sometimes it's hard to differentiate yourself from others. What makes me different are my words - the way I create my songs is different from anyone else. I speak from my heart and my experiences and those are one of a kind. I'm a Dominican & Puerto Rican girl in NYC writing pop songs - a lot of people who want to work with me ask me if I can rap or tell me to act a certain way on social media to get attention, as if I'm being put in a box because of how I look or who I am. So I think my authenticity to stay true to myself is something that will stand out; hopefully my audience can recognize that. What is your latest release and where fans can find it?
Search "Liar - dia" on Spotify and check out my song Liar! You'll know it's because I have green hair in the picture. If you don't have Spotify, my music is on all platforms - just head to my instagram @itsbabydia and click on the link in my bio.
What is on your agenda or what can fans expect to see from you in 2023?
2023 is the year of content, promotion, and shows. I want to perform a lot more and showcase my music as much as I can. I'd love to interact more with my audience and really cater to whatever they want. I'm looking forward to making more music to release, filming videos, and sharing it all!