After spending the last few months building and developing her sound, emerging singer and songwriter Daniella Spadini has now delivered her stunning debut single 'Part Of You'.
Channelling a warm and atmospheric aesthetic from start to finish, 'Part Of You' makes for a wonderfully intoxicating introduction to her sound. Filled with subtle tones, soaring textures, and her own captivating voice at the helm, we can't wait to hear where she goes next.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and what has inspired her most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
After singing, the first instrument I fell in love with was piano. My grandma has an upright piano in her family room, and all my cousins and I would play around with it as little kids. She noticed I took a more intense interest in it, so she gifted me my first keyboard. I owe a lot of my fundamental music theory to her having taught me.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
When I was younger, I loved whatever music was around me. My dad played a lot of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and all of the great crooners from back in the day. He also played a lot of The Beatles and The Beach Boys in the car. I loved Hannah Montana, too, but that is probably a given!
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I remember buying was Rubber Soul. I also have very vivid memories of the High School Musical 2 Soundtrack for some reason.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
This is an incredibly difficult question! I really admire a lot of different songwriters, but if I could have written one song myself, it would probably have to be either “Way Over Yonder” by Carole King or “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I have different routines depending on if I’m writing by myself or with another writer. If I’m co-writing, I generally like to talk to the other writer(s) and get a feel for the direction they want to go in, all while taking note of any compelling language they use. It can get pretty emotional if that’s the song we’re writing. On my own, I try to play a few songs I’ve already written to just get in the groove of things before I start trying to write anything new. I have a lot of notes and recordings on my phone of little ideas if I need them, but if I’m sitting at a piano, it all comes out pretty organically.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I am pretty obsessed with Maisie Peters’ latest single at the moment! In general, I love JP Saxe, Lawrence, Dua Lipa, and Hozier.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
I would love to open up for JP Saxe or Maisie Peters. Or any other singer-songwriter who may be looking for an opener!
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The most rewarding part of being a musician, or more specifically, a songwriter, is conveying and putting words to a feeling that has been just out of reach of your listener. Music is this beautiful, ethereal thing that opens up pieces of us that we didn’t know we had. Being a part of that process for a listener is an honour.
And what is the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part about being a musician is the connection between emotional and artistic output. You put your heart into your work, and then it becomes a thing to be consumed and judged and received by others. At the end of the day, it’s overwhelmingly a positive experience–one I wouldn’t trade for anything. That said, it can feel very vulnerable at times.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
The best piece of advice I have received as a musician was given to me by a graduating senior at Berklee during my first semester. He told me to “never lose the art in the work.” While in an academic environment that has been especially difficult, it is so important to remember why we as musicians do what we do in the first place.
Daniella Spadini's debut single 'Part Of You' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.