Parents. It can be creepy how right they can be sometimes. Daiza wasn’t that hot on heading off to school but thanks to her parents, she did. Now looking back she’s glad she listened and said, “I am not sure where I’d be now if I hadn’t gone to college. I probably would have come to LA sooner, but I am glad I had the time to grow, make friends and create.”
After getting her education on, Daiza packed up and moved to Los Angeles like she’d always wanted and with the move came a whirlwind. “It’s been all over the place but I’ve met a lot of really inspiring and empowering people who believe in me and my project which has been absolutely incredible.”
In the midst of the whirlwind came an empowering new song entitled “Manners” and she is talking about that, feminism and more.
Kendra: You penned “Manners” in regards to the objectification of women. How much did you pull from personal experience?
Daiza: It is directly from a personal experience I had a few months ago with someone in the friend group. I just got tired of having to pretend things were fine. I was also about to leave for NAMM to work as an artist demoing the Sensel Morph. I needed a song using the controller so my friend Michael Martinez and I wrote the song on Monday, I programmed and rehearsed it on Tuesday, and went to NAMM on Wednesday for soundcheck. Overall, the lyrics aren’t supposed to call anyone out or accuse anyone, it’s literally just asking how this behavior is even possible.
Kendra: In just the past couple of years, we’ve seen the Women’s March, #MeToo, and #TimesUp come about. Do you feel we’ve come far as women with these movements or are we just a few feet from where we started in regards to where we need to be?
Daiza: We have come far – and it’s important to appreciate the great strides we’ve made. It is also important to stay strong, listen and continue to work towards equality for all woman.
Kendra: Going back to LA and the grander idea of manners. People in LA aren’t known for having the best well, manners. What stereotype of Angelenos have you noticed is somewhat true?
Daiza: They all just can’t drive – but it’s okay I can’t either.
Kendra: We’ve got “Manners” now, but what else is to come from you this year? An EP, touring?
Daiza: I have another single, an EP and music videos out this spring!
Kendra: Women don’t want to be objectified. We want to be celebrated, so if you had to make a mixtape celebrating fabulous women…what fives songs would have to be on it?