Songwriter turned artist and New York native Dahlia Jovan recently released her single ‘Dead Wrong’ produced by Shamtrax. In harmonic tandem with her new EP, Jovan will debut “Thē Pərj” this fall. The project brings her real life relationship experiences to the forefront. Jovan fearlessly delves into the truths of dating, including how jealousy and insecurities can ruin a relationship. We had the pleasure of having a one on one sit down with the new artist to discuss her project, the affects of ‘situationships’, and lack of diversity in the industry… See more inside.
Who is Dahlia Jovan musically?
DJ: She is a singer/songwriter who tells stories. Everything she writes and sings is from real stories that come from real experiences and real emotions. That’s who she is and who I am. I’m a lover of music and passionate about what I do. The ultimate goal for my music, mainly because I’ve been writing for a while and am considered a new artist, is to be respected as both a writer and an artist. I’m putting everything together so that I can be respected on both ends of my craft.
What sets you apart from other artists in the same genre and their music?
DJ: I think there are a lot of artists copying in this industry right now. People are really sounding the same. R&B singers are really tapping into the trap and rap artistry and doing less singing. I may use a part of that style, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t sound like everything else. Even when you hear the songs on my EP, they are authentic to the true sounds of R&B; Mary, Brandy, Tony, etc. It doesn’t sound like this person may also be a rapper, it is real soul in the sound.
You have your new EP “Thē Pərj” coming out this fall. What inspired the name?
DJ: Well as you know, a purge is a cleansing, most times spiritually. It’s a way to purify something or yourself. I started out pitching some of these songs to people in the industry, and they weren’t really getting it. It wasn’t like every other club banger that was out right then. So I would get frustrated because these songs had real emotions in them, and I was told they were too deep or strong to sing, and to ‘dumb it down’. I had this weight on me because my songs weren’t getting placed. And then one day I say ‘you know what, I’m just going to release these songs myself’. It originally was a way for me to get what was on my mind and my spirit out, but then it turned into something more. It sparked from a very hard time in my life, and I just had to write my way through it.
What kind of response have you been getting since you decided to release your own project?
DJ: It’s been really interesting. This content I’ve been writing, that is supposedly something people don’t want to hear, I’ve been getting some amazing feedback from it. It’s funny how the world works. I’ve been getting nothing but positive responses which has been great.
How does it feel having to put such intense emotions on wax for the public to hear? Do you ever feel embarrassment? Regret?
DJ: It’s a combination of both. When I’m going through it, of course it feels really bad. I have this song called “Innocent Bystander” that’s on my project, and I felt really bad which made it really hard to write. But people hear it and feel it deep, and now it’s one of my favorite songs. “Northern Piers” where I wrote it in the moment. It’s about when you’re hopeful about a situation, but scared at the same time because you’re not sure where it’s going to go. I was in a good moment when I did it, but the situation didn’t really work out that well. It didn’t really work out that well. So now every time I listen to it, I’m like ‘oh God’. Ha-ha! I am happy and proud of these records, so it isn’t a major tragedy when I hear them.
If you could give some advice to someone who is pursuing their dreams, what would it be?
DJ: Oh my goodness! That is such a good question, and something I battle with so much. I would say if they are in my exact situation, have more patience. Patience is key because there are so many things that you’ll want to work how you want them to, but God’s timing is not your timing. Also, stay true to yourself. Don’t ride anyone’s wave. Ride your own wave and keep doing what you’re doing. At some point, if you practice perfectly, it will work out.
Follow Dahlia Jovan on all social media platforms @iamdahliajovan and go experience the project at http://www.soundcloud.com/dahliajovan!