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The Voice Behind ‘Bonfire’ – Q&A with Dahlia Ray

Interview of Dahlia Ray by Kara Zosha // Photography by She is Aphrodite

Hello Dahlia, it’s lovely to chat with you today. How are you doing?

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I am doing well, thanks. How are you? 🙂

Can you tell me a bit about yourself? 

I’m a singer/songwriter who has just released a single called Bonfire that I’ve been at for years, and I’m so happy to have something out finally.

How has the response been for Bonfire?

It really has been amazing, I’m so happy about it. It’s been picked up by a playlist with BBC1’S Top 40, which I didn’t expect and am just so humbled by. I’m very happy!

How long have you been working on this single?

A couple of years, I think since June 2021.

What was it like to work with She Is Aphrodite? 

Amazing, She is Aphrodite is the best of the best. The proof is in the excellent work she’s done with an array of artists and creators. Check her out on Insta here, lots of fun stuff.

The music video for Bonfire is a mix of stock film and you on a trampoline. Why did you guys decide to go with a trampoline idea?

She Is Aphrodite came up with it because we were trying to avoid going cliche haha. I immediately loved it because it took me right back to my youth. I did spend a lot of time on the trampoline as a kid, every kid should have one honestly.

What does your writing process look like?

My writing process is intense. I make myself write 9-5 intensely for a couple of weeks straight. The best of it gets demoed and so forth. Bonfire was the best of 100 songs written in a span of 3 weeks. Yay lol.

How long have you been songwriting and when did you decide that you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been writing since I was 8 and that’s the point at which I decided I wanted to be a musician. It was when I started playing piano, but my writing didn’t get semi-decent till I finished Uni. I learned heaps by being surrounded by other musicians who gave me good criticism.

What are your aspirations pertaining to your music?

The sky’s the limit. I’m content with the idea of knowing I have a song that I’m proud of. That is the biggest aspiration for any songwriter is to have a song that they’re proud of. Produced right, recorded right, and all of that. The rest is a bonus. I definitely want to go as far as I can with it, but I am satisfied with what I have if that makes any sense. I love what I do is the theme here. I’ll just keep doing that and walking through any doors that open.

Where can people find you and your music?  

On all streaming services here and on Instagram.

Cheers for the chat, have a good one!

Thank you!

Kara Zosha

Kara (they/them) is currently the music editor for Ramona Magazine based in Delaware, USA. Creativity and self-expression are at the core of Kara’s life. They could talk your ear off about basically anything including a book they’ve recently finished or the latest artist they’ve been listening to. Kara is hard to quantify, but they are a person you won’t forget!

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