By Alissa Arunarsirakul // March 26, 2021
It’s not every day we’re treated to the angelic stylings of Dasha, but her incredible debut EP $hiny Things should hold us over for a bit. Recognizing how influential her voice can be, Dasha strives to inspire other women around the world through her growing discography. Without further ado, we’re pleased to present Dasha’s stellar debut EP, $hiny Things.
On $hiny Things, Dasha shared,
“The mood of the entire project swings from crying on your birthday, to being so innocently in love with someone, to getting cheated on, to finally being the confident bitch you’re supposed to be. This EP is the epitome of all the ups and downs I’ve felt over the past year. It’s very honest and vulnerable, since all of these songs are inspired by real emotions I’ve gone through.”
To celebrate the release of her new music, we recently chatted with Dasha about relationship advice, deviled eggs, and of course, $hiny Things.
HH: How does it feel to be so successful in your music career at only 21 years old?
D: It doesn’t feel real. This is all I’ve ever wanted since I was twelve. It’s only the beginning — there’s a long way to go and that gets me so excited!
HH: If you could nominate one of your songs for a GRAMMY, which would it be? Why?
D: Based on the integrity of the songwriting, I would nominate “21st Birthday.” The lyrics and melody in that song work so perfectly together. It tells a story and breaks your heart, all while being relatable. We all felt that magic while writing it.
HH: $hiny Things is easily one of the best debut EPs we’ve come across yet. What does this release mean to you?
D: This EP means everything to me! First off, it’s my first official project I’ve ever released. Every song on the EP was written, produced, and mixed by my close friends, and even my brother. All the tracks tell a totally different story, but looking at the project as a whole, it perfectly describes who I am and everything I’ve personally gone through and felt in the past year.
HH: “More Than This” really opens our eyes when it comes to what kind of love we deserve. What advice do you have for your listeners who are struggling to leave these relationships?
D: The best advice I’ve ever gotten about love is this: “There’s no right person, but there is a right time.” Trust your gut and intuition — you owe people nothing.
HH: Whether it’s through the touching lyricism or thriving instrumentals, there’s an obvious evolution that we get to hear in $hiny Things. How would you say you’ve grown as a musician while working on this EP?
D: With the creation of each song, I learned more about myself, who I want to be, and how I want to sound as an artist. The songs just became more and more me as I kept writing them.
HH: Did you ever figure out why there’s always deviled eggs at funerals?
D: Okay… I’m impressed. This is actually so funny, oh my god. For context to those reading this, I tweeted a couple weeks ago, “why is there always deviled eggs at funerals.” But to answer your question: no. Let me know if anyone figures it out though.
HH: If you could collaborate with anyone in the music industry, who would you pick?
D: I want to do a song with Dua Lipa — get some tall girl energy up in the studio for a bad bitch duet or something. That would go crazy. Also, I just want to hang out with Billie Eilish. I’d be down to write, of course, but I feel like we’d get along really well just as friends.
HH: What are your hidden hits?
D: “Right Time” by Dava, “Last Time” by Beauty School Dropout, and “Sunroof” by Slush Puppy! Gotta support the homies.