Happy Monday loves! It was such a pleasure talking with the beautiful, kind, and talented Dagny recently. If you haven’t heard about her yet, you definitely will very soon because her music is climbing the charts! Check out the exclusive Q&A below and be sure to stay tuned for new music from this one…SHE IS ON FIRE!
XO Diva D
David: Hey Dagny! Thank you SO much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with me, I’m so excited! You’ve been making music for quite some time now, when did you first get into making music?
Dagny: My pleasure! It’s been over 10 years now. I was around 16 when I realized some people actually work as full-time songwriters. I quickly tossed all plans of becoming an astronaut and archeologist and made new dreams. It took even longer for me to realize I wanted to perform it too, but I’ve never looked back since.
David: Your single ‘Wearing Nothing’ is still on repeat wherever I go! When did you write that song and did you have a certain situation/person that you were thinking about when you made it?
Dagny: I wrote it at the end of summer 2016. Maybe it was summer fever. Maybe it was something much deeper than that. Meeting someone that make you feel like you wanna show them every little part of you, both physically and mentally, is such an all-consuming emotion. We wanted to write a song about that. Now whether it was ment for a certain someone or not, I’ll cheekily keep to myself.
David: You’re now with Republic Records, that is so damn crazy!! That’s one of the biggest record companies, I am so proud of you! Are you working on your new album? When can us fans expect it to drop?
Dagny: Thank you so much! As a big fan of the album format I’ll always be working towards that. An album allows you to show different sides emotionally and musically and as a fan of other artists I see such value also in the songs that aren’t necessarily big radio records. For now I’m still happy to be releasing singles and really focusing on writing more and learning more about my sound. But I would like 2018 to be the year – and I can’t wait to give my fans a full album!
David: One thing I love about your rise to success and music, is that your parents were extremely supportive of you. Do they attend any of your shows ever?
Dagny: Absolutely! They’re the best people ever! When in doubt, they’ve always been the ones telling me to keep making music. Unfortunately we live so far away from each other that they rarely get to go to shows. BUT my mum came out to visit me whilst writing in Los Angeles this spring and it was amazing.
David: Your music is so different. I feel like there are so many different types of genres incorporated into your songs…maybe that’s just me, but I love it! What kind of genre do you think it falls under?
Dagny: Thank you. I enjoy playing around with different sounds and getting inspired by different kinds of music and people; I never wanna restrict myself to only one sound. For me the most important thing is to make the song the best it can be, whether or not it’s electronic or organic sounding. I’d still call majority of my songs band driven, energetic pop music.
David: What is your songwriting process like?
Dagny: I mostly do co-writes. This way you have someone to bounce ideas with and you’d be surprised how many lyrics are inspired by conversations had in the studio during session. I normally start with the groove to get a vibe going. Then the chords. Then the melodies. Then I spend time getting the lyrics right. Lyrics are the hardest part!
David: Do you think growing up in Norway affected the way your music sounds?
Dagny: I actually don’t think so. I still grew up with the big, universal pop bangers of the 90s and I feel like my music sounds more upbeat American than moody Nordic.
David: I know you had a show this past October in Boston, which is my home state’s capital! The show sold out and that sucks for me, lol! Do you have any plans on doing some more shows in the near future as a headliner?
Dagny: Ah. Boston was amazing! This is my first ever North American tour and LANY’s fans are treating us so well. I’d be lying if I said I haven’t envisioned a headline tour here someday. And sooner rather than later. Next time I’ll get you a ticket!
David: I follow you on all of your social platforms and I feel like when you’re in my newsfeed, you’re always jetting off to somewhere! Do you have a favorite place to travel too?
Dagny: For a small town girl from Northern Norway it’s still surreal to be flying to Los Angeles for 48 hours or visit 37 US cities in 50 days or play a show in the mountains of Austria. But it’s been my life for the last two years and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still wanna go backpacking in South America though. And Portugal is a personal favorite.
David: One thing I love most about you and your music, is that it’s always so positive, fun, and empowering. Do you aim to make them like that?
Dagny: I think that’s just how the naturally come out. I’m a pretty positive being. And someone once said to me “make music that makes you feel how you wanna feel”. So if I have a bad day, I make a happy song to pick myself up.
David: Now, onto beauty! Your skin is always looking FLAWLESS boo! What is your morning/nighttime skin routine? Do you have any must-have products for when/if you breakout?
Dagny: Wow. Thank you! Recently I’ve been using the Bare Minerals skin care products; both the day cream and the night powder. When my skin gets extra dry I use Elisabeth Arden’s 8 hours cream and Origins’ drink up intensive over night mask. And lots of water and laughter; I kid you not, it helps.
David: Last question! You are so passionate about being yourself and always embracing/making sure you love yourself. Do you have any advice to those who don’t love or fully accept themselves?
Dagny: I’ve had to practice to be kind to myself and I will actually physically say it out loud if I find myself being incredibly critical and negative towards myself. Start loving your quirkes! We should treat ourselves the way we would treat our best friends and family. The more you start focusing on your good qualities and accepting that you’re not perfect (and that’s OK, nobody is) the better you’re gonna feel. One step at a time – just don’t be so bloody harsh on yourself!