After releasing her debut EP Neukölln Nights, dedicated to a haunted summer love, Berlin-based singer-songwriter D’aria embarks on a new project that explores her identity outside of relationships.
In a world where playing rough is the norm, D’aria is the exception to the rule. Her vulnerable and honest lyrics often point to herself before others. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Winona Oak, King Princess, BANKS and Halsey, D’arias’ candid pop sound and straightforward lyrics are composed of introspective dilemmas from her life.
Outside of the pop genre, D’aria has made a name for herself as a top-liner in collaboration with Italian producer and Dj Latteo. She hopes to continue to blur the lines between traditional composition and electronic music.
I have had the pleasure of speaking with her. and this has been the result.
Hi there ! Where can we find you right now? How did you start your day?
Hi there Who Music Magazine! I’m really happy to talk to you!
I started my day with a long walk with my dog around the neighborhood and now I’m sitting on my parent’s terrace, making the best of a rare sunny day in Berlin.
When did the idea of starting a project start to take shape? Has it always been something you wanted to do?
After releasing my first EP in 2020 I took a little breather and wrote songs for other people’s projects which was a lot of fun and gave me space to let my next project come to me. I wanted to create a project that was outside of the EP and album norm and these two songs fit perfectly into their own little universe, so I decided to make a two-side single out of them. I had the idea last summer and my label encouraged me to go through with it whole-heartedly, so here we are!
How would you define the sound of your latest work? What is the concept behind?
I’m a big fan of dark pop, raw emotions and bassy sounds. That’s what I was going for with this project. The concept revolves around my relationship to loneliness in the modern world. I wanted to shine light on the grey zones of female empowerment and how I navigate my own vulnerability.
What artists are you interested in these days?
I’m probably very late to the party, but I adore King Princess and Melanie Martinez at the moment! And I can’t get enough of Winona Oak.
How do you manage to combine such disparate genres? How do you manage to give them unity and harmony? What do they have in common for you?
I’ve always loved pop music for it’s versatility.
Because at the end of the day, any genre can become pop if the song itself takes over and people connect with it. So when creating music I don’t like to think too much about the genre, but rather what the lyrics sound like to me. If the message of the lyric needs a cinematic sound that makes you feel like you’re on a late night drive – I’ll go for that. But if all it needs is a nice guitar and some reverb – I’ll gladly keep it simple.
How would you define your sound?
Lyric based dark pop with a hint of drama 🙂
Can you tell us something about your current or future projects?
I have to say, it’s been a while since I have been as excited about something as this project. It feels like I have stepped out of my comfort zone just to get closer to my pure self in the process. I hope to bring these songs to life in the summer with some concerts, if the world situation allows. And I do have new ideas for my future projects floating around in my head waiting to be picked!
– Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/d-aria-music
– Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/za/artist/daria/1523655985
– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dariakickler