Hot new modern-soul fusionist DVNA (pronounced Dah-Na) has charted a rapidly ascending musical trajectory since bursting onto airwaves with her sweet and sassy single, ‘Girl On The Move’ in late 2018. In fact, the song has turned heads to such an extent that it’s been nominated in the prestigious ‘Song of the year’ category at the upcoming Gold Coast Music Awards.
And the past few months have seen DVNA continue to ride this burgeoning momentum in the form of her latest single ‘Looking Like A Snack’, a tasty slice of modern soul which perfectly accentuates her swooning pop panache and silky-smooth vocals. The track has gained plenty of traction since its recent release, clocking up airtime on Triple J and Radio Metro Gold Coast and being added to a bunch of major Spotify playlists.
In the lead up to the GCMA’s we fired off a few questions to the sassy young lass herself. Here’s what she had to say.
Congratulations on being nominated for ‘Song of the year’ at the upcoming GCMA’s. What does it mean to have your track acknowledged as one of this year’s finest within the realms of your Gold Coast musical peers? And what would you do if you took out the award on the night?
Thank you so much! I’m very honoured and shocked! The Gold Coast is just popping and overflowing with talent right now. So many killer songs from last year, so it’s quite overwhelming and I’m extremely appreciative to receive a nomination. If I won, I’d probably go grab myself an alcoholic beverage and eat some food. I’m always a sucker for an after party so I might head there. Actually, I’m performing at the after party so there you go.
Speaking of fellow local artists, who are some of your favourite contemporaries when it comes to the Gold Coast music scene?
The Fools, AUGUSTA, Claw Machine, Hot Coffee and The Yams Band. I’ve really connected with these bands in a live sense. They are extremely tight and have excellent stage presence and feeling in their music.
As well as being a singer-songwriter, are you also involved in the production of your tracks?
Yeah, I like to have control over my production so I do make the tracks myself. In saying that, I’d love to start branching out and collaborating one day! I recorded my two latest tracks in my bedroom studio in Mermaid Beach.
What can we expect from you in the way of new releases over the rest of the year?
You can expect some singles! I feel like I’m in the very early stages of my career so releasing an EP or album may not be the smartest approach (even though I’ve got tonnes of music). I’d like to ease into the market with singles and then once I’ve got an audience, think about albums. Hopefully some video content as well.
What do you like to do when you’re not in your musical-zone?
I love coffee so you can find me drinking a soy latte somewhere on the coast. Or binge watching Bates Motel. But I feel like I’m always doing something musical. It’s very hard to switch off. I’ll go see bands or go network at music industry nights.