Getting to know DI

  • DI
  • 2015-08-17

Mysterious London-based singer/producer DI releases her first single “All I Know” on Friday, August 21st. Blending EDM and deep house with a paino melody, it marks the start for the unknown artist who is a huge devotee of David Bowie. In a bid to find out more about DI, we took her to one side for a quick interview.

I heart everything about Bowie. His story, creativity and artistry.

First up, tell us bit about yourself – who is DI and where did you get the name from?
DI is a music artist who wants to make music that floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee. As for the stage name I didn’t have to look too far… DI could stand for ‘dissection’ as it’s actually a diminutive of my real name Diana. I’m keeping it short and sweet.

What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was their a particular song or artist who inspired you?
Pop. Obviously, growing up its ubiquity was inescapable and the magic it inspired and still inspires is an ongoing affair. But a particular artist who’s inspired me is David Bowie. I heart everything about him, his story, creativity and artistry. He’s an artist I didn’t pick up on as a child (the focus back then was on Michael Jackson, Britney, Eminem and co) but Bowie was there subliminally. For instance, I always loved the scene in Clueless where the guys wore their baggy jeans really low and ‘All the young dudes’ (a song written by Bowie for Mott the Hoople) is playing in the background. As a side note though, movie soundtracks have always been a great way of exposing me to music that I might not have necessarily heard else where.

How did the this musical direction come about? Did you expect to be following the musical path you are now?
It came out of nowhere. Figuratively speaking I had no compass! I kind of fell into it.

If you had to describe “All I Know”’s sound as a personality, how what would it be?
“All I Know”’s personality would resemble a mysterious Catherine Deneuve character. Icy cool with impeccable style.

What would you say makes your music unique?
I have no idea what makes my music unique. Maybe that it’s lyric-centric dance music?

How do you create your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
The routine is the constant motion of throwing ideas at tracks and seeing what sticks like the old grey whistle test. I also carry a notebook and iPhone to record with everywhere with me. When inspiration comes it’s like a crying baby in that it has no consideration and demands you stop everything and nurture it. 

What was the most significant moment of 2015 for you and why?
I think finding a sound I was happy and comfortable with after a lot of trial and error.

I have no idea what makes my music unique. Maybe that it’s lyric-centric dance music?

What have you been listening to this year? Can you give us a top three records of the year so far?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Air, The Weeknd, Arctic Monkeys, Tove Lo, Purity Ring, Hozier’s hit has been on repeat non-stop and of course Bowie never goes out of fashion for me. If I had to pick my top three tracks (this is hard) they would be:
1) “Lean On” by Major Lazer
2) “Monument” by Royksopp (technically this was released in 2014 but does it really matter?)
3) “This Summer…” by Maroon 5 (ok, I admit the ass shot did it for me)

f you had to pick one act to see live this year, who would it be?
I’d like to see FKA Twigs live. There is something ethereal and magical about her.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
David Bowie!!!! One can only hope. 

How is the rest of 2015 shaping up for you? Where can we see you play?
Honing my writing skills, incubating songs in the studio is my main priority. Don’t know when or where you’ll see me live. All will be revealed in due course.

If you could pick any venue or festival to play, where would it be and which slot would you most enjoy?
Glastonbury is the stuff of legends and I’d like to play the headline slot thank you very much. I mean, you have to think BIG.

Listen to “All I Know” on Soundcloud.

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