Early Talks w/ Dafna

Tatum: Hey Dafna! Can you give us a quick introduction? How old are you? Where are you based? Anything else you’d like us to know about you? 

Dafna: Hi! I’m Dafna, I’m 21 years old and from Boulder, Colorado! I’m a singer/songwriter and producer, and I’m currently in my last semester at CU Boulder studying Electrical and Computer Engineering! 

Tatum: Let’s take it back to the beginning; did you grow up in a musical household? Who/what did you listen to growing up? 

Dafna: Both of my parents aren’t exactly musicians, but they both love music! They put me and all my four siblings in piano lessons growing up, and there was always music playing in the house. Mostly Israeli music (that’s where my parents are from), 70’s and 80’s Eurovision hits, the Beatles, Queen, and whatever was popular on the radio. 

Tatum: How did “Dafna” come to be? Did you always know you wanted to be an artist? 

Dafna: I think when I was around 11 or so, my mom threatened to stop paying for piano lessons since we never practiced– it was then when I realized I actually really loved playing and so I started practicing consistently. I also started writing songs around then (both my older siblings are songwriters as well so I wanted to be like them), and since then I knew I wanted a career in music. 

Tatum: Congrats on the release of “Now I Know”! Can you explain how the track came to fruition, from ideation to creation? 

Dafna: Thank you! “Now I Know” is kind of the sequel to my song “let u go”… I wrote “let u go” about how after a boy I was REALLY into rejected me when I told him my feelings, I refused to let him go and he always stayed in the back of my mind. And it paid off because “Now I Know” is about when he came over to my house a year later and… we kind of ended up making out on my couch. I wrote and recorded most of that song pretty much the next day, and it took maybe about 2 months to finalize the production. 

Tatum: Do you have a favorite lyric on “Now I Know”? Can you give us a Genius-style annotation? 

Dafna: “I guess I was right when I didn’t let you go, ‘cause now that I have you there’s so much I don’t know / Like why it took you so long to admit what you felt / Are you so embarrassed that I’m not someone else?” 

I love it when an artist’s music connects to their previous projects, so when I wrote that first line and hinted at “let u go” I was really happy with myself. And I can never write a COMPLETELY happy song, so those last two lines add in a little sprinkle of self-doubt (like yay I finally got the guy, but why did it take him so long?)

Tatum: Are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with? 

Dafna: Ashe is the coolest person in the world and I am obsessed with her and her music. So definitely her! 

Tatum: Is there anything we can expect from you going forward this year? 

Dafna: A lot more music! And I graduate in May, so hopefully some sort of tour? We’ll see.

Tatum: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions! We appreciate you!

Dafna: Of course!! Thank you!!

Listen to “Now I Know” below!


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