DVNA, a colourful, bold and intriguing project born within the depths of a Gold Coast bedroom in early 2017. Taking control of her own production, it allows her the artistic freedom to truly express herself, creating a warm fusion between new age soul and electronica, referencing Anderson .Paak and Syd.
Her sound is fierce, emotive and heading straight for your feels, fusing elements of soul and modern day electronica to create her own unique blend. She likes to write relevant, borderline humorous lyrics exposing her very real conversations with friends, as well as revealing a more personal insight about her own past.
Gold Coast, QLD
This week on triple j Unearthed we're Featuring Gold Coast artist and Laneway comp winner, DVNA!
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
My music is forever evolving and still developing each day. The music I make depends on the mood im in and on whatever stage of life I’m at. I lean towards soul/ rnb beats, although, have a guilty pleasure in making super raw emotional guitar tracks. Each serve their own purpose. Once my music leaves my computer, it’s for the world and my listeners to use at their own discretion.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Inspiration hits different all the time. I either bait my friends into giving me their deepest hurts and secrets so I can write some emo/empowering lyrics, or it’ll be a song I hear that I’ll want to try and create the same vibe. Places and things (like food, obviously) have inspired me in the past.
What can punters expect from a DVNA live show?
We’ll be getting to know each other. Crowd interaction is one thing I love to do. Partly because I love to chat, and because I want to break that wall between audience and stage. Connect on a more personal level and create an experience they will remember.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Just do you! And when you’re hit with inspiration for a song, it’s like a gift you’ve been given to share with the world, as if it’s almost a duty. Think about the audience who NEEDS to hear what you have to say. It is your job to capture it, honour and respect the gift you’ve been given by allowing it to exist and not trying to force it into any direction it’s not. This was from some random old guy that sat next to me in a restaurant one day. Hit hard.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
'Chameleon'. by PNAU.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
'Innerbloom' by RUFUS DU SOL.
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
'Untouched' by The Veronicas
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I saw my friends Hot Coffee play on the Gold Coast. Those boys always know how to put on a show. Quality night!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
They’re a friendly, talented little bunch. We all know and support each other due to the coast being quite small. They all actively participate in community events, always make an effort to attend each other’s shows and offer advice when needed! I love those guys.
What are your plans for 2020?
I plan to play LANEWAY (thankyou Unearthed). Release a couple of singles in lead up to my debut EP and follow with a few more exciting things!View Profile Hide Interview