What is your name?
Hey I’m Dasha!
What is your genre of music?
I make pop music influenced by R&B, hip hop and alternative styles.
Give us a little bio about you.
I was born on the central coast of California in San Luis Obispo. My older brother, Bardo, also does music and is in the band Beauty School Dropout. I’ve been in Nashville for the past few years but recently moved back to the West Coast. I’ve been acting, dancing and singing since I can remember and incorporate those interests, as well as fashion and how I authentically show up in the world into the scope of my artistry
What made you go into music?
I started performing in dance and theatre shows around age three which is when I fell in love with entertaining others. Soon I picked up guitar and piano and started turning school poetry assignments into songs. Initially seeing Bardo get serious about making music his career made me realize that I could do it too.
Are you signed?
I recently signed with Quadio Records, partnered with Disruptor Records!
You released your new single ‘None Of My Business’, tell us more about the single.
Yes! It’s set to release October 6th with a music video shortly after. It’s a super fun anti-cheating anthem all about self empowerment.
What is the meaning behind the single?
At the time I was processing the emotion of a guy being really shady about seeing someone new, so I dramatized everything I was feeling into None of my Business. The single is all about showing off everything he just lost.
Describe the track in two words.
Sass and cleverness.
What was the writing process like?
Chelsea Balan and I wrote it during one of the first weeks of official quarantine over Zoom. It was so effortless and was finished in maybe two hours. I cut the vocals in my bedroom and sent it to my good friend Elijah Hill a few days later. It all came together so easily.
What was the recording process like?
I did all of my vocal recording and production, actually in my bedroom, then bounced it to Elijah for finishing touches. The background vocals were so much fun to do. I free styled most of them just to find what felt most natural in the song. I used a lot of vocal layering and harmonies in the vocals that I’m super proud of.
Who did you work with on the single?
It’s co-written with Chelsea Balan, produced by Elijah Hill, and mastered by John Naclerio.
Will we see a music video for the single?
Yes! I did it with my friend Grant Thorshov who’s an incredibly talented director based in New York. The video drops ten days after the single on October 16th!
Will we see an EP or Album and if so what can we expect from it?
None of my Business is the first single off of my debut EP. It’s a 5 song EP but I’m always writing and if something happens to feel like it fits the stories I want to tell on this EP, it may just end up on there.
Do you have any online shows coming up?
Yeah! I have a couple live stream/ Zoom concerts coming up but nothing in person for a while.
What else can we expect in 2020?
The first couple of singles and visuals from the EP!
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
Always! Along with writing for myself, I write for other artists. As far as the EP goes, we got Inverness, Pink Slip and my brother, Bardo on a really great track that I’m so so excited to show you all.
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
Yeah, absolutely! Hit me up on Instagram
Do you play any instruments?
I play guitar and enough piano to write songs with.
Who are your influences?
I’m influenced by lots of different artists and genres of music and those inspirations are always changing. Currently I’ve been listening to a lot of ROLE MODEL, Kehlani, and HARDY. I usually shuffle New Music Friday and find inspiration from those curated songs. Listening to the music my friends make always inspires me too.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
From my life, from my friends lives, from books and movies. Single words and phrases or a little melodic hook I make up can also be the entire inspiration behind a song. Usually words and melodies just fall into place.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Touring my album internationally, having my songs on the Billboard charts, having my clothing and fashion line off the ground, and with a few more major artist cuts under my belt. That’s the goal.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I do a lot of thrift shopping and art when I’m not doing music. I also take hip hop classes and play beach volleyball!
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
Old Taylor Swift definitely influenced me to start song writing at a young age, but recently I’ve had Jeremy Zucker on repeat.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
A few years back a mentor of mine explained the music business trends to me and it really stuck. He said that the music business and the music that is trending or popular is like a vertical line, always going up and always changing. When an artist tries to conform to what is popular now, then their music might stay in the mainstream for a little but eventually fall out due to inauthenticity. To achieve longevity in your career, don’t try to conform your music to what is popular or trending now. Keep it authentic, always. Then eventually that line will catch up to you and what you’ve been doing this whole time.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians, not about the industry, and just as an artist?
As an artist, make music you genuinely love. Be your own number one cheerleader. Don’t be afraid to do something new.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Go big or go home.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
San Luis Obispo is the BEST. Pick up some Thai food at My Thai and go watch the sunset on top of Terrace Hill! Also pirates cove is a must.
You’re coming off tour.
1/ Where do you go first? Germany
2/ Who do you see first? Some old friends I met when I was 15!
3/What do you eat first? Probably some homemade bread?!
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Throat coat tea, water bottle, guitar, my band (??), and a microphone!
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Yeah! Follow me on Instagram @dashamusic. You can also find me on TikTok, Twitter, SnapChat, Facebook, YouTube etc.!