Pop-rock singer, songwriter and artist Daimy Lotus recently shared her new single ‘So Excited’, a dizzying pop anthem that combined her influences with elements of pop, indie and rock to craft a truly unique sound. A gifted songwriter, Daimy thrives off being able to experiment with the emotions and feelings she’s able to convey with her music.
To help share the release, and to get to know Daimy a little bit better, we were lucky enough to sit down with her to talk about her inspirations, the creative process, and what's to come after 'So Excited'.
Great to chat with you Daimy, thanks for taking the time. Let's dive right in - how did you first start making music? Where did it all begin?
"I’ve always been involved with music, singing and dance. When I was five y/o I would perform at the yearly cultural market in my hometown. In 2009 I decided to pursue a career in songwriting as well. So it started with performing, which is still my favorite thing to do, and writing music kinda naturally came along. In 2017 I started co-writing for other artists too."
How would you describe your sound?
"Rock and punk influenced pop music about themes like heartbreak, mental health and self growth."
What influences most define your music?
"I find inspiration in everything around and inside of me, so that could be anything for example; a movie, fashion, music of course but also my friends or my mental health. I write from feelings, thoughts and personal experiences. Sound-wise, I love the harder music styles like rock and punk, so you can definitely hear that roughness back in my music."
Tell us about your new project 'So Excited'
"'So Excited' is about a day that never came: meeting my biological father. Growing up without him acknowledging me as his child, had left a void inside of me and loads of questions from a very young age. I thought that meeting him one day would solve all my problems, all my doubts but at some point I realized it wouldn't solve anything, meeting up with a drug-addicted stranger that I didn't want in my life anyways. I realized I was the only person who could give myself the closure I so desperately needed. So I decided to forgive him for all that he'd done, for the trauma his actions caused and I decided I didn't want to meet him in person after all."
"Writing 'So Excited' was a vital part of processing my trauma. It helped me heal and I hope it will do that for other people who recognize themselves in this song too."
What is your songwriting process? How does it all come together?
"It’s different every time but with writing 'So Excited' I had this idea in my head of myself or someone else being excited for something that was never gonna happen. I wrote it together with Kevin van der Tholen and Jara Narayan de Werd. Kevin started playing the guitar riff and I immediately came up with vocal melodies. That’s how the song started. It wasn’t my intention to touch this subject about my biological father as I had already written about it and I thought I had left it completely behind me but I guess I didn’t otherwise I wouldn’t have written this song haha. After writing and recording it Jara worked on the production. We had my drummer Sven van der Meer play drums on it, Jara mixed the track and then we sent it to Pierce Johnston for mastering."
What’s the most important thing for you when you’re writing a song?
"That it’s authentic and real. I think music should be fun but I also feel that artists have a responsibility as they hold the power to share important messages through their music and platforms. So it has to be authentic and real first, but it also has to have some sort of meaning or message."
What’s next for you as an artist now the single is out?
"I’m currently writing for my first album so that’s something I’m super excited about and that’s my main focus at the moment. After releasing eight singles this year, I’m really looking forward to sharing a bigger piece of work with the world."
What would your dream collaboration be?
"I’m an overthinker and it’s questions like these that I find SO hard to answer so I’m just gonna mention a few names that I’d be honored to collab with: Fletcher, Gayle, Yungblud, The Used, Blink 182."
What advice would you give to artists who are looking to make it?
"Dolly Parton once said ‘figure out who you are and do it on purpose’. I feel that, and also: work hard, enjoy the ride, protect your energy and don’t let anybody stop you or dim your light."
What has been your best moment as a musician so far?
"Oof, I honestly enjoy every step of the road and appreciate every little or big thing I’m able to do as an artist and songwriter so there’s not necessarily one thing that stands out the most to me. I think what I’m most grateful for is the experience of being an independent artist and having released eight singles and having organized two tours this year completely by myself. It’s been tough at times but I learned so much from doing this and met the most amazing people along the way. Performing in front of 40.000 people earlier this year, alongside this DJ I work with, was definitely a moment I’ll never forget though. I only realized what happened after watching the show back on YouTube, haha."
With her music already supported by key tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1, Earmilk, 1883 Magazine, Euphoria, ENFNTS TERRIBLES, The Official Charts UK, as well as support on Spotify and Apple Music editorial playlists (New Music Friday NL, Fresh Pop, Fresh Hits, and many more), Daimy Lotus is bursting onto the scene with her exciting, alternative pop, carving a lane for her playful, alluring sounds.
Writing about themes of heartbreak, mental health and self growth, Daimy's punchy sound and powerful hooks make for an addictive listen. An advocate of inclusion sees Daimy's music accommodating and connecting with people who experience life in a variety of ways, ensuring that everyone feels both seen and heard.
Daimy's clean-cut, raw pop navigates the alternative pop world with ease. Settling easily into the ears of any pop/alternative lover, Daimy's relatable and playful songs are a force to be reckoned with. Daimy is currently touring and writing for her first album so there's a lot more to follow from this pop-rock sensation from the Netherlands.
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