Interview w/ Dayna Pleasant

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dayna’s first release has an upbeat sound that creates a positive dance vibe, and it talks about the classic internal battle between the two sides of an individual: their conservative (introverted) side and the carefree (extroverted) side. It’s a one-way internal conversation led by the extrovert inside all of us wanting to be out with friends having a good time without the constant conservative voice from the introvert. The single was written by Candice Pillay, best known for writing songs for artists including Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Sevyn Streeter, and Tinie TempahOscar Friedman produced the single with a special appearance on guitar by Gabriel KrischerDayna states, “I have been singing covers for a few years now, and I wanted to start performing some original music. I have a specific message I want to send out to the world, so I knew doing my originals would take me where I want to be in life.”

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Born on Jan. 5, 2007, Dayna started singing at the age of five, imitating everyone she heard on the radio while riding in the car with her parents. She began formal vocal training at nine years of age, and it went from singing in the car and for her vocal coach to performing on stage at various locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including major performances at Six Flags over Texas, Gilley’s, and Lava Cantina, to name a few. Dayna’s most significant musical influences are Aaliyah, Beyonce, Ciara, their upbeat music, and the ability to bring the music they performed live, making the listener feel each song’s message. Her strongest desire as a musician is to remind her audience to be confident in themselves and know they are amazing just the way they are. Dayna is ready for the official release of her first single, “Kill My Vibe”, and will also release the video on Vevo, hoping to do some promotional events and continue working on her EP. 

The young talented artist is not involved with any non-profit organization at the present time but is looking forward to working with an organization benefitting animals. Dayna Pleasant, the young, multi-talented prodigy, is about to make a big splash in the pop music scene and, without a doubt, gain a large following, as she will continue releasing more music. 

Interview by Tim Brown

When and why did you start playing? I started taking formal vocal lessons about 5 years ago. I sang in the car all the time so my dad heard me one day and decided I should take lessons

Which famous musicians, do you admire? Why? “Megan the Stallion” is an artist I really like. I like her style and her confidence. When she raps, and I rap along with her, I feel like I’m talking about myself. Bruno Mars. I like how he adds an old music style to current music and some people say my style is close to his HER. I just like the feel of her music and I sing her songs all the time around the house

Have you been in competitions? A few years ago, I decided to enter my school district talent show. It was open to all the middle schools and high schools in the district. I sang a cover song…and won!

Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.
I do, but since the pandemic, I’ve only been able to perform once and it was virtually. But I’ve performed at Six Flags, coffee shops, even at the airport for holiday shows.

What makes this kind of music “good” to you?
I like singing Pop because I hear it all the time on the radio. I like the feeling I get when I’m singing it and when others are enjoying it.

Why did you choose to play this kind of music? When I hear Pop music, I’m able to also hear how an old school sound can be part of this music too. So I wanted to try and bring that old school sound into my music.

Let’s Talk about your music and your last work… My most recent work is a song called Kill My Vibe. Its a song about just having a good time even when you are by yourself. I also got to film a video for this song and the concept was about the internal struggle we all have at times between our shy selves and outgoing selves.

What are the plans for the future? I’m currently working on my EP and have also landed a small acting role. I would love to excel in both as a singer and as an actress

Could you briefly describe the music-making process.
This was fun and new for me. This is my first single and I was able to work with an amazing writer, Candice Pillay, who wrote the song. She was with me in the studio and just really helped the creative process of the background vocals and the producer Oscar Friedman was so helpful as well. They made it easy to relax and just sing and have fun.

The single will be available on Amazon Music, iTunes, Spotify, and other digital platforms.

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