Daiza Delivers Major Manners

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?

Normal Girl” – SZA
Low Key” – Mabel
Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe
Long Time” – Somme
Come Again” – Party Nails


Take The Retro Road with Bonita Jalane

From the fashion at Forever 21 to Bruno Mars to all those reboots, the ’90s are back. There is no denying that, especially when you hear Bonita Jalane‘s stellar throwback “Retro.” The song comes from her inner essence. She notes, “My style is so retro. No matter how I’m feeling, what I wear or what the trends are I will always be true to how I feel and what that looks like thru my fashion. Imma vibe.”

A self-professed storyteller happy to narrate her story to listen, she’s about to drop the video for “Retro” that’ll have you saying, that’s da’ bomb. Before that, see what she had to say about the song, video and what’s to come.

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Bonander Slams The Expectations

Photo Credit: Josefin Stacy

The idea of gender was something I’d never even considered until it came up in a college course. The following year, Gender and Women’s Studies was my minor. So diving into the topic in the musical realm was quite the experience with Sweden’s own Bonander. Her latest single, “Quit Everything and Become a Princess” dives into gender expectations and finding the release from them. Speaking of release, the single’s out now but Bonander’s EP, It’s a Girl, will be dropping March 23rd. She also let us know that she has some things brewing for later in the year. While you stay tuned for what’s to come, check out more on what Bonander had to say about the single, musical theatre and more.

Kendra: What artist had affected your life in the same way you hope to affect others with your music?

Bonander: So many. I would say Björk, or Laleh, or Anna von Hausswolff, or Radiohead, or Susanne Sundfør, or Joni Mitchell, or Kate Bush, or Regina Spektor, or Sigur Ros…please don’t make me choose!

Kendra: When I first heard “Quit Everything and Become a Princess” I was like, oh hell yeah! That seems great but then I listened and the song actually has real depth to it. It’s about having that release from gender expectations. For women, what do you feel are the major expectations we have that need to be dismantled?

Bonander: Wow, I could write an essay about this question but I will try not to. I think that one of the greatest problems is how women often have so high expectations for everything we do. Not only do we need to care for our looks like there’s no tomorrow, we also need to be perfect socially and intellectually to make it. We are not allowed to make mistakes, be human and have faults without being called this or that and judged instantly. That is quite exhausting sometimes. And that’s what the song is about. To actually just be a princess, no matter how much makeup you’re wearing or how perfect your social life is. Our faults are what make us princesses.

Kendra: You’ve said you often feel trapped by gender. Are there any Swedish gender expectations that may differ from elsewhere in the world?

Bonander: Hmm, I would say no. I think that we are exceptionally good at talking about this stuff in Sweden. Which makes you very aware about how much your life is affected by it, which is good for most of the time but sometimes you just want to let it all go and fall into a blissful obliviousness.

Kendra: Out of left field, but your voice has this very opera style to it at times. Have you ever considered musical theatre?

Bonander: Haha I actually laughed out loud at this one. Don’t get me wrong, musical theatre has a very special place in my heart. I just feel busted, because I started singing in a musical group when I was very young, so that’s where it all started! But I think I’m good for now actually.

Kendra: If you had to make a mixtape of artists who take gender and do away with it and make a mixtape of their music, what five songs would be on it?

Mira Aasma – “Mirrors
Susanne Sundfør – “Mountaineers
Sylvan Esso – “Hey Mami
Joni Mitchell – “Down to You
Martha Wainwright – “Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole