Since a young age, Daisha has been invested in the world of music, trained as a classical pianist from the age of five and participating in choirs throughout both high school and college.
We got a chance to chat to the rising star about her forthcoming EP, future plans and more in a new and exclusive interview.
For those not yet familiar with your music, how best would you describe yourself as an artist?
My music is continually evolving but it's a mashup of many different genres. If I had to label it... I'd call it alternative pop. I hear and see everything visually if that makes sense. When I hear my music, I can see what the sounds look like.
Your new EP's out this May, what should we expect from that record?
It's a colourful piece of work! It's fun and edgy. It's just a mere introduction to who I am.
Can you tell us a little bit about the creative process behind the EP?
I come from a dance background so most of my music is high energy, or has interesting and eclectic sounds. I would vibe with my producer Swagg R/Celious over sounds and vibes and we would just create. If it made me move or feel something, I knew we were on the right track.
Earlier this month you released the 'Skin Out' music video - what was the experience like filming those visuals?
We had a blast. It was totally raw and pretty stripped down. My creative director, Shalimar Davis and I, used all of our resources to make it happen... Dancer friends... The space... Voguers... We worked so hard to put it all together and I'm so grateful for everyone who was involved.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
My influences come from all over, but this particular song and especially the video reminded me so much of 80s workout videos. Also, vogue and house beats were a big influence.
You've also been involved in the move world - what has working on feature films been like?
I love film and I've been focusing on acting more and more. I love the idea of embodying a character and telling a story. I'm so used to telling stories through movement, so now that I've been acting it's been a beautiful challenge. I've been pursuing it heavily the past couple of years.
Do you have any definitive aims or goals for your career going forward?
I want to keep in a creative space and create an album that I'm proud of. A body of work that is cohesive and truly me. I'd like to get to a place with music and acting that I'm self sufficient and can just focus on those things.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months aside from the EP?
I anticipate more music! Also, to be involved in a few acting projects, although I can't tell you what yet (laughs). Back in the studio creating.
I also have a non-profit with my sister, Alicia Graf Mack, called D(n)A Arts Collective, where our mission is to enrich the lives of others through the arts. I'll be doing some workshops for students through that as well. Keep on the lookout!
Daisha's new EP 'I AM THE DAISHA' is officially released for free download on May 20.