Daiza Our Lives

Daiza Our Lives

Analog meets digital.

By Jeanine Kim

Danielle Thwaites (she/her) is the producer, songwriter & artist behind Daiza. True to her moniker, Daiza describes her sound as electronic avant-pop; manipulating original analog recordings from our world, flowered with her hazy, synthetic sound design.

Describe your playlist. Who or what inspired it?

Daiza Our Lives is my curated playlist of moody, laid back tracks for everyday chill listening. I put it together when one of my students asked for new music recs, and I’ve been adding to it ever since.

If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would you meet?

I’d like to meet Björk and talk to her about her live performances. She is always pushing what’s possible electronically and acoustically, and it totally inspires me.

Photo by Glenda Lissette

Photo by Glenda Lissette

What’s the theme of your music, something you want everyone to take away from hearing your songs?

Analog meets digital. I’m frequently sampling my surroundings to layer in my productions. With drums, I combine acoustic cymbals and claps for a natural timbre with synthesized kicks, toms and snares to keep the hips swinging. I’ll capture and experiment with my vocals and guitar, then digitally process and further innovate these modes of expression. I hope listeners latch to the manipulated, familiar recordings from our everyday while drowning in my hazy, synthetic sound design. 

What’s one misconception about the avant-pop music genre?

I suppose avant-pop is most commonly mislabeled as r&b, but it’s more experimental than that. The genre incorporates techniques from both contemporary classical and postmodern music, moving beyond the norms of commercial pop, while maintaining form.

The hardest thing is not feeling heard.

What’s been the hardest thing about pursuing a music career?

The hardest thing is not feeling heard.

What advice do you have for other artists?

Create everyday. Commit to consistency, keep the mind flowing and remind yourself that it doesn’t need to be perfect. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish in a short, half hour session.

Photo by Lissy Elle

Photo by Lissy Elle

How has graphic and digital art influenced your music?

I’m a very visually stimulated person, and believe art and design deepen our connection with music. I’ve written songs inspired by pieces of art, but most commonly visualize designs and colors while listening to my music. These visuals are often too complex for my poor photoshop skills, but allow me to collaborate with incredible artists. Recently, I worked with Glenda Lissette on a photo collage for my latest release. It was a dream to work with her and to see my ideas come to life.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Making music in my home studio, off the grid and on a farm somewhere in Northern California.

Create everyday.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. No more wasted time in traffic, and no more car payments.

Who’s one artist on your playlist we need to start following immediately, and why?

BEA1991 — her new album Brand New Adult is beautiful and brilliant.


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