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Dianna Lopez: The new Queen of Alternative music

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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.

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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.

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Flume releases surprise mixtape featuring all your faves

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Flume just dropped his new mixtape ‘Hi This Is Flume’ via the influential Australian record label Future Classic today (March 20).

The last official release Flume dropped was his 2017 EP ‘Skin Companion II’ – the second follow-up release to his Grammy Award-winning album ‘Skin’ which was voted the Best Dance/Electronic Album of 2017.

The new project features contributions from SOPHIE, JPEGMAFIA, slowthai, and more.

Listen to Flume’s new mixtape ‘Hi This Is Flume’ below.

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J.Cole’s 2019 Dreamville Festival lineup is nasty

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J. Cole is rolling out all the heavy hitters at this year’s Dreamville Festival. Following the usual tradition, Cole himself will serve as the headliner for the evening and made sure the roster of artists leading up to the main attraction would be enough to keep the momentum flowing through the day, giving fans their money’s worth.

The lineup includes features from the whole Dreamville crew and more, including SZA, Big Sean, 6LACK, 21 Savage, Nelly, 21 Savage, Teyana Taylor, Davido, Mez, Bas, J.I.D, Cozz, Earthgang, Ari Lennox, Omen and Lute.

The festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. We hope Revenge Of The Dreamers 3 project will drop before then so they can perform some of the new music live.

Tickets are available for purchase here.

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