Dafina has been teasing her long-awaited EP King to fans via Instagram for some time, and the project is finally set to drop this weekend. The Swedish-Albanian singer-songwriter is no stranger to the music industry, having won multiple international awards for her talented vocals since the start of her career. With messages of female empowerment running rampant through her music, Dafina is officially on her way to hype up women in the US market. And if you don't believe us, be sure to check out King and listen for yourself--you won't be disappointed.
How would you describe your sound?
Growing up in Sweden, I was heavily influenced by old school Hip Hop and R&B, so we brought a lot of that into my sound. It's a mix of '90s R&B, Soul and Hip Hop, blended with today's Pop.
Let's talk a bit about your songwriting process. How does a song usually develop?
Usually, I start with the melody. I will listen to different instrumentals and music and see where it takes me, how it makes me feel; then I’ll jump in the booth and just freestyle. When I do so, there will be some words or phrases that pop in my head and most of the time, that word or phrase will help me find the rest of the story that's hiding somewhere within me.
What inspires you to write a song?
I would say things I've been through or are currently going through. Also, the people around me sometimes. They will tell me things they're going through and how they're handling it and I will kind of get into my “novelist” mode where I try to put myself in somebody else's shoes to write a story.
Do you have a favorite place or time when you like to write?
It can really be anywhere, literally. It's a vibe kind of thing. Some places can throw me off sometimes and block my brain, and no matter how much I try to open up, I'm blocked. There's nothing you can really do about it but go back another day or find a place where you can set your mind free and write. Public spaces like Central Park are my “get away” spots that help me relax and get inspired.
"...there will be some words or phrases that pop in my head and most of the time, that word or phrase will help me find the rest of the story that's hiding somewhere within me."
Which musicians, songwriters and/or artists have had the greatest influence on you?
I would say Aaliyah Dana Haughton, Sade, Miss Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott, Keri Hilson, and Amy Winehouse. A blend of great artists and songwriters.
What albums do you have on heavy rotation? Can you put our readers on to someone they may not have heard of yet?
Currently, I have H.E.R.'s Vol.1 and 2 on rotation, SZA's Ctrl, and Lili K's Ruby.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
MISSBISH is the definition of a KING. Incredible, independent, empowering women who bring each other together!
Together we run the world.
Who is your MISSBISH?
Rihanna and Aleali May.
Photos by: Valine Brana