There’s a new sheriff in town! Oh, and by the way, her name is Dianna Lopez. And did we mention she can sing her as* off! In a world saturated with hip-hop and r&b, the New York native is in an alternative lane of her own. If Sade had a baby, Lopez would hands down fit the bill. Her sultry sound is nostalgic, yet contemporary –– not to mention hypnotizing. NDLYSS spoke with with her recently in a one-on-one interview to find out the scoop on the new face of indie rock.
Dive in below.
Much of your music video collection utilizes strong storytelling technique, where do you draw your creative inspiration from and how hands-on are you with directing?
It all depends on the video, but most of the time I’m doing my visuals with friends or people who I know, it’s a collaboration. I usually come up with a concept or vision board of what I see… I’m pretty hands on. I like to keep things super simple. Honestly, some of the visuals were actually shot in my house.
What artists were you listening to in your younger years?
I definitely listen to Sade, my parents were always playing her growing up. Honestly, when you think about it Beyonce and Rihanna were like the only black girls that were pretty big when I was growing up. They were the people who I was listening to in middle school and high school. They were the only ones being represented in the media. I also listened to a lot of Donna Summer, and a lot of old school music. I was only exposed to r&b and hip-hop when I was younger but as I get older I’ve found more interest in alternative music.
Do you have a theatrical background? I’ve noticed a recurring theme in your dance moves.
I grew up doing ballet and some interpretive dance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. I’ve always loved to sing, act, and dance but I wasn’t sure which one I would pick growing up so I just picked all three. The one I really stuck to was singing.
Black Musicians are often boxed in by r&b and rap expectations, how difficult was it to find support on an alternative road less traveled?
It was really difficult when I first started. If you listen to my earlier music on Soundcloud you’ll hear the difference of people influencing me to do certain beats that are geared towards more of an r&b sound but it’s never really what I wanted to do. Once I started speaking out about what I was more interested in doing people would tell me it’s boring or that no one is going to want to listen to it. I just had to block out those negative people because if you love something you just have to do it regardless of people’s opinions.
Referencing your track “Tell me why – Brown Skin Song,” which you wrote as an open letter to women of color, have you ever faced colorism or shadeism in the music industry?
I’m going to steer away from the music industry because I wrote that song in the beginning stages of my career. My friend Dave Langston co-wrote the song. I decided to go with that song because I grew up in a town called Rockland County. Most of the schools that I attended were predominately white so a lot of my friends were white. I was always the one black girl… I dealt with a lot of racism although they didn’t realize they were doing it. I didn’t want to go out in the sun because I didn’t want to get too dark. I grew out of it and began to love myself. I want people to know black is beautiful.
“Predictable” is your first release of 2019 as a follow up to your 2018 EP, Foreign Space. What was the overall concept?
It just so happened that some guy I used to talk to who comes in and out of my life as he pleases hit me up out of the blue. I’m at the point in my life where I’m not mad about him coming in and out, I’m just like you’re predictable. You can come but I’m not going to pay you much mind. He comes around every few months. It’s a pattern! I just wrote a song about it.
What’s in-store for your upcoming indie rock EP?
My fans can expect me to be more into my sound than I’ve ever been. There will be five songs on there with no features, it’s just me.
Diddy Partners with TDE to Bring REVOLT Summit to L.A.: Snoop Dogg, Issa Rae, Ice Cube & more
Fresh off of his successful REVOLT Summit in Atlanta, Sean “Diddy” Combs and AT&T are gearing up for the conference’s next installment in Los Angeles. The summit’s format for the Golden State will mirror that of its predecessor and feature hot topic conversations with a panel of professionals and industry power players looking to drop knowledge on the culture and business of hip hop.
Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith and the label’s president Terrence “Punch” Henderson are said to be co-chairs of the Los Angeles summit. The L.A.-based record label hosts a roster of successful artists including Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul, SZA, and Isaiah Rashad.
“In Atlanta, we shocked the youth and our audience with thought-provoking panels and one of a kind networking opportunities,” Diddy shared. “With Top Dawg and Punch from TDE as our co-chairs in addition to Snoop Dogg, Angela Rye and Killer Mike, we are ready to bring this energy and empowerment to Los Angeles so they too can experience the REVOLT Summit firsthand.”
The REVOLT Summit in L.A. will also feature panelists who will discuss Criminal Justice Reform and the Cannabis Revolution, while also giving guests the opportunity to meet with business leaders for 10-minute, one-on-one mentorship sessions. A goal of the event is to help shape the next generation of industry leaders by sharing wisdom and insight into the hip hop industry, as they help them network to form relationships that can positively impact their present and future careers.
The REVOLT Summit will take place on October 25-27, and tickets are available at REVOLTSummit.com.
Something in the Water 2020 festival dates are here
Pharrell Williams has announced the official dates for Something in the Water 2020, The three-day music festival has now expanded to a full week of entertainment festivities.
Last year, the lineup in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. included performances by Migos, Missy Elliott, Janelle Monáe, Travis Scott, SZA, Mac DeMarco, Rosalía, Jhene Aiko, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Dave Matthews Band, Diplo, Jaden Smith and Pusha T.
While the exact performance schedules have yet to be announced, Something in the Water is scheduled to take place from April 20 through Sunday, April 26.
The festival is backed by Live Nation, and tickets go on sale for a “Locals Only” presale VA residents, as well as 2019 purchasers, will run this Saturday 10/19 from 12-5 PM EST.
The event will once again feature a series of conversations and film screenings in addition to the music performances.
Dominic Fike robs Halsey’s Beverly Hills Pad in new Video for ‘Phone Numbers’ [WATCH]
Florida-native Dominic Fike shares a new video for his Kenny Beats-produced song “Phone Numbers.” Directed by Aidan Cullen, the visual is a playful take on a police chase, Fike and Beats fleeing from the cops after they rob a celebrity home, which turns out to be Halsey’s.
“Phone Numbers” continues a successful year for Fike, who saw his hit single “3 Nights” reach #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in September.
Fike is scheduled to embark on the European run of his debut headlining world tour, The Rain or Shine tour, which saw him play all across the globe including sold-out stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and San Francisco to name a few. He’s also set to play Tyler, The Creator’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival next month in between the last shows of his tour in Houston and Portland. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Watch “Phone Numbers” above, see full tour routing below and stay tuned for more from Dominic Fike coming soon.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
10/22 – Zurich, SW @ Mascotte
10/24 – Paris, FR @ Bellevilloise
10/25 – Brussels, BE @ Orangerie Botanique
10/26 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso Tolhuistuin
10/27 – Amsterdam @ Paradiso Tolhuistuin
10/29 – Cologne, GE @ Luxor
10/30 – Hamburg, GE @ Mojo
10/31 – Berlin, GE @ Silent Green
11/4 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
11/9 -11/10 – Los Angels, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
11/21 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
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