Daria black, a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has fashioned a deeply profound breed of indie pop. her release of “Not That Girl” showcases the progressive sound Daria has. The significant display of her unique flare she has to her artistry is a highly inevitable trait you notice in the music! We like Daria’s voice a lot. It’s super unique but trendy! I can tell that she has the potential to transition into different type of genre because her voice is so multi-faceted and contemporary! Her song “Not That Girl” had an increase in dramatics from the introduction to her first verse up to the hook. Her gentle vocal and her undeniably catchy melodies draw you into her intricate and ethereal arrangements, where she builds the perfect sonic backdrop to the narratives she explores about love, mental health, and philosophy. So she has the special power to enlighten her listeners with her musical language. Daria’s past releases tends to be more dark and dreamier however “Not That Girl” a song that’s about her empowering discovery to freedom and independence, is more pop-esque yet a hit overall!
Listen to "Not That Girl" here, and learn more about Daria in our interview below!
Hi Daria, care to introduce yourself to our readers?
I'm a producer/singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. I think way too much about life, the universe, and everything because I think there's more to this world than meets the eye. Music is proof.
When did you discover your love for music?
I have always been drawn to music. I started taking piano lessons when I was only 2. My teacher only agreed to teach someone that young because she couldn't keep me away from the piano when I tagged along to my older brother's lessons. By the time I was 11, I was playing music I had never heard before. I didn't consider it writing at the time - the music was just flowing through my fingers from some unknown, intangible source.
To this day, I don't understand how my songs and arrangements come to me. Once I discovered that magic, there was no looking back.
How has the journey been so far for you?
I feel like my life is riding a current that leads me in the right direction no matter what I do. I never thought I would grow up to be an artist or producer, but looking back at the events that lead me here, my journey makes so much sense. As demanding as it is to be a musician, it is also incredibly rewarding, so I am trusting the path that has been laid out for me.
Do you draw most of your songwriting inspiration from your life experiences?
I do, even when it's not intentional. When I feel that creative spark, I have to write it down immediately if I want to capture it. Those creative moments tend to come when I'm feeling something particularly strongly. Writing is the easiest way for me to channel my emotions and make sense of my thoughts.
What encourages you to push forward?
I am so grateful for every single person who supports me and my music; my fans and their words of encouragement keep me going. I feel lucky to be able to give people something to believe in, and that feeling makes me believe in myself.
When I'm feeling discouraged, I sometimes wonder if I'd be happier pursuing an easier career path. But I don't think I could do anything other than music even if I wanted to. My life would certainly be more stable and predictable, but I couldn't live with the fact that I didn't chase my dreams.
What does “Not That Girl” mean to you? Did you face any challenges in the creation process?
"Not That Girl" is inspired by the feeling of empowerment I have from being an independent artist who doesn't rely on anyone's skills but my own.
I used to work with a producer who took advantage of me both professionally and romantically. Despite how difficult it was at the time, that situation ultimately made me grow and pushed me to learn how to produce myself. A few years later, I wrote "Not That Girl" after seeing him again, because I felt completely free of his influence.
What's next for you in 2019?
I have a lot of music coming out! 2 more singles followed by an EP (on March 15th). I worked on these songs all of last year, so I'm very excited to release them.
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