Vibrant electro-soul singer, song-writer and producer DVNA (pronounced Dah-Nah) is no stranger to the pages of Blank, since announcing herself with her Gold Coast Music Award nominated release ‘Girl On The Move’ in 2018. Since then she’s been on an ever-upwards trajectory, performing at BIGSOUND 2019 as well as signing with booking agent Falcona Agency (who also look after Alison Wonderland, Hayden James and The Presets) and continuing to put out a bunch of rapturously received tunes, culminating in the release of her highly anticipated debut EP, ‘All My Friends’, in late September.
With live music thankfully starting to re-emerge again following months of COVID lockdowns, DVNA will be welcoming the New Year in fine style on the evening of 1 January at BBQ Bazaar, where she’ll be performing a headline show in conjunction with a bunch of other fine local talent including Felivand, I.E. Alt Fiction, Hot Coffee and Doolie.
In the lead up we chatted with the sassy lass herself, to find out about her recent EP, how she’s been coping with the challenges of 2020 and what we can expect from her upcoming New Year’s Day performance.
Congratulations on the recent release of your debut EP ‘All My Friends’. Are you satisfied with how it turned out and how it’s been received?
Absolutely. It felt so good to get a full, coherent body of work out instead of a few singles. It allowed me to open up to my audience and show them a deeper side of me. I’ve had nothing but beautiful support from everyone!
How did your recent run of Queensland live dates to support its release go down – did you have a favourite show from the tour?
They were some of the craziest shows I’ve ever played in my life, and happened to be the most intimate. When a crowd is there for you and not for a band you’re supporting, it makes all the difference. They knew the words, they have been on the journey with me this entire time. It felt so incredibly special playing for these people who have supported me through these crazy couple of years. The Brisbane show on the second night was insane. At one point we had a girl dancing up on tables.
While on the subject of live performances, you must be looking forward to farewelling the craziness of 2020 and celebrating with your upcoming performance at BBQ Bazaar on 1 January!? What can we expect from you on the night in relation to how you’ll be presenting your songs?
I cannot wait to farewell 2020 with the beautiful people of the Gold Coast. We’ve all been through a lot this year so I don’t think there’s a better way to welcome 2021 than by putting on one hell of a party. We’ll be playing the ‘All My Friends’ tour set list with a few new and super-fun additions.
How have you coped with the challenges of 2020, especially in relation to its impacts on an artistic level?
I actually enjoyed staying in. I’m naturally a bit of a homebody anyway so I don’t think it affected me too much in that sense. Not playing live or seeing bands hurt a little, but I was able to really step back and realise how much I enjoy playing live. I think I may have taken it for granted before. Although we faced many challenges this year, the world was able to almost reset and re-evaluate what’s most important to us, slowing down, taking a breather and discovering new hobbies and creative outlets. I think it was much needed for us all.
Do you have any solid plans in place yet for 2021, musically or otherwise?
I’ll be on tour for the first month of 2021, after that it’ll be straight back into the studio to write some more music. I would like to host a few more festivals and even look at a line of merch.
DVNA’s New Years Day Performance at BBQ Bazaar, together with Felivand, I.E. Alt Fiction, Hot Coffee and Doolie, is one of the hottest shows in town to bring in 2021, so be sure to grab yourself a ticket over at OzTix, pronto.