Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Feature: Dagny (15/07/14)


Dagny, is an independent raw Scandi-pop artist, whom has successfully built recognition in Norway via her Youtube channel. She has supported the likes of Sir Elton John, Sting and Bryan Adams and is now pushing her debut UK single with live performances, including some key UK festivals and a gig at The Islington, London on 24th July. 'I Say' the upbeat folk-pop track will be released in the UK on 28th July and there is a free download at the end of the feature of 'Hold On Lucy', another great track from Dagny! 

General Questions:

1. How old were you when you started getting involved in music and how?
I come from a musical family so music has always been in my life but I didn't start writing until I was 15. I was failing my music class and I had to do a songwriting project where I was teamed up with the two girls in class who never showed up for school. The last day before it was due, we had nothing so I had to just sit down and write something. My teacher loved it and really encouraged me to keep going and here I am now. 

2. What is the most inspiring gig/concert/festival you've been to?
I saw Passenger at Isle of Wight Festival this year. He went on stage with just his guitar and his own happiness. He didn't need anything else to have a great show. He was so appreciative of his audience as well, which I think is very important. 

3. What have you been listing to lately?
This Norwegian band called High Asakite. I love the Lumineers and First Aid Kit has been playing a lot lately as well. 

3 Questions for Dagny:

1. You've supported Elton John and Bryan Adams, but who would you most like to tour with and why?
Fesit!!! Because she has great music and she seems really fun to be on tour with. 

2. Where would be your dream venue/festival to play and why?
The Royal Albert Hall because it's a bigger venue but still has this amazing intimacy. 

3. What process did you go through whilst writing 'I Say'?
The song came from a very passionate chat in the studio about learning to listen to your own voice instead of everyone else's. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to get across, but it was also a very fun and inspiring day. 

Random Q:

A lyric/quote you live by?
"Don't be a can't." - I think sometimes you just have to jump into things instead of questioning every little aspect to it; for me that has opened a lot of opportunities. 

Review: I Say - Dagny:

This is a great slow chilled starting that grows into an upbeat folk-pop track, it's definitely being released at the perfect time, as it's a classic summer feel good tune. However, I love the fact under the cheery upbeat rhythm there are lyrics commenting on pressures of youth and womanhood. Dagny has described her music as an 'emotional roller coaster' and I'd totally agree with her, this is just one thing that makes her sound stand out, pop-like tunes with underlying lyrics of a skilled singer/songwriter. Dagny is definitely one to watch this summer! 


Here's a treat, a free download of 'Hold On Lucy', another brilliant track from Dagny! A little more melancholy compared to 'I Say', but it's still got a beat and great tune to it. 


Dagny's Links:
Ticket Link (The Islington, 24th July): http://www.songkick.com/concerts/20567153

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