Originally hailing from Los Angeles, dani bby explores heartbreak with her latest release, ‘swipe right.’ After two years away, she has recently returned to the music world and has been working on a wide variety of exciting projects. Joining forces with Willow Smith on her brand new track and working with Kanye West’s Musical Ministry Sunday Service are among the highlights. Due to her busy schedule filled with many musical endeavours, she is sure to be drawing attention all year round.
dani bby! How has the day been treating you?
Hello! Getting over the trauma of 4th of July in Los Angeles. I run a small animal rescue out of my house and we had fireworks going off until 3am. So none of us (my animals) really got any sleep so we are taking it easy today and I am giving them extra treats to soothe their little souls 🙂
Describe the process of writing your song ‘swipe right’ What was the inspiration, and how did you come up with it?
Every song I write is based in some form of truth. Whether it be an experience, an emotion or a dream. I have to live it in some way for me to write about it. Swipe Right is about a girl I fell in love with many moons again. There was extreme love and extreme heartache. I knew from her smile that I was heading towards some love war and catastrophe but I just couldn’t help myself. I just knew I shouldn’t have Swiped Right 🙂
You worked with Willow Smith on the track. How was that experience?
An absolute dream! She is an inspiration and legend. I would be lying if I didn’t say I was a huge ball of anxiety when we were in the studio working on it. It was like a switch. We would leave the studio or she would work on something else and I’d be completely chill. But the minute we switched to working on this song, my brain would lose it! However, I made it through without making a huge ass out of myself and we had such a good time creating together. Having pure intentions and living life as positively as you can is all that really all that matters at the end of the day. Everything else is kind of just noise in the background.
How are you envisioning the rest of your year to unfold? Any big plans?
I have some really exciting news that I can’t announce just yet, but when I can, you’ll be one of the first to know!
In your music career, what is the one thing you most want to achieve?
I honestly just want to connect people through music. That’s all I’ve ever wanted. My favorite bands and songs always got me through hard times and I hope to do that for others.
Where did your interest in making music originate?
From depression and anxiety. I used to journal as a child to help me deal with what was happening at home and internally. From there I realized I could turn them into songs. Writing music growing up was my therapy, helped me process things I wasn’t able to fully understand.
It was great to hear your single, ‘I Grew up in LA’ What was the concept behind it?
I Grew up in LA is about the trauma I’ve endured here and illuminates my true self which I almost lost in the process. Touches on my addiction, sexual assault and many other aspects of my life. The catchy and uptempo beat tricks people. If you really listen to the lyrics you’ll hear the pain within the song. I really loved how my producer (Tim Sonnefeld) and I were able to have such powerful lyrics that are offset by this candy beach beat to create an inviting atmosphere. Sort of like the city of LA, at first glance it’s beautiful and full of hope but the deeper you get, the darker it becomes.
Are there any musicians who have inspired you in the music industry or influenced your sound?
Growing up I listened to everyone from The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Ani Defranco to Chris Isaac and the Spice Girls. The entirety of my life so far has inspired my music, down to strangers I’ve met that I’ll probably never see again.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us!
Thank you for this opportunity, I am forever grateful!
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