How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
I like to let them write themselves. I usually try to remove the inner narrative and judgment in my mind and see what naturally happens. It’s playful and creative space without too much toxicity. Usually you’ll start with some basic sounds and a melody will appear to you. From that words come and then a theme, which I find is something on my mind or in my subconscious. This makes writing lyrics very natural, raw and therapeutic to me.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I like the process of creating and developing my “voice” or sound more. Each song seems to be another step in a journey that you will find something little or big that is refreshing or fascinating. It’s a form of escapism, therapy and I think that creating is one of the best things to do.
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
I think it’s to have something’s filtered or abstract in your music. That’s the kind of lyrics and music I am more attracted to. There is room for obvious statements and I think the balance between the dynamics of subtlety and being blatant is important. I also like ambiguous lyrics as people can make their own interpretations and take a piece of the song for themselves.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
I don’t really think like that, but I have lyrics that will be more meaningful or connect to me on a certain time, due to current experiences. I think that’s the great thing about different songs, as you can express different sides of your emotions and thoughts.
What inspired “Little Lights”, your latest single?
Musically I was inspired by a vision I had when I was at Coachella. I saw a band with flickering lights and it was the start of the show. I later remembered the moment but rewrote the music for that moment in my head. I liked the idea of the tension of a riff at the start and then to have it move forward strongly with reverbed/ghostly sounds.
In regards to the lyrics it covers a past relationship with a girl who believed she was possessed or followed by a dark entity. For a few years I tried to help with saging, positive thoughts, love, healers, etc, but in the end I had to leave. Sometimes you can only do so much for someone and they have to heal themselves. Although this is a very specific situation to me, broadly it’s about the hope you have in someone you love and the “little lights” are the hope you have.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Hurt Me”?
I wrote it in Berlin on a winters day. I’ve been very interested in cyclical melodies and beats, but making small changes over the length of the song. It started with the guitars droning and then the bass came to me later when walking. It came together very quickly.
Are you currently working on new songs? Maybe a new EP/album?
Yes. We have over an album’s worth of material and writing more at the moment. I am weighing up whether to release another single or just get this lot of material out. What do you think I should do?
We believe that one by one, released as singles, would be a good idea.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
I haven’t had any. I’ve read things and tried things out myself, but there is no advice from a producer that I hold dearly. I like the idea more of producing as an artistic angle, much the same as a painter, director or comedian, who is constantly looking for unique voice or sound. You know when you watch a Martin Scorsese or Quentin Tarantino film that it’s their movies. I think that my ultimate goal as a musician, songwriter or producer is to find my unique sound/s or expression.
What are your plans for the upcoming months?
I am writing new material and we may announce some new shows. If people would like to follow us on our Instagram – @dreamdalimusic they can not only keep up with shows and song releases, but see some of our black and white aesthetic and visuals, from live shows and surrealist artists.
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your new song “Little Lights”: Vulnerable.
- The best show you ever played: The last one.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: A backstage.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: The Doors – Strange Days.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Bjork – Undo.
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Be open, but cautious.