Listen: ‘Phosphenes’ by Diā

Diā is the stunning project of composer and performer, Danielle Birrittella.  

Her debut EP Tiny Ocean, features songs produced by Joey Waronker (Beck, REM, Atoms for Peace), Tim Carr (The Americans, HAIM) and Frankie Siragusa (theLAB).

Raised on a Hindu ashram, she sang ceremonial ragas as a child, which led to training and performing as an opera singer throughout the U.S. and Europe. Along these travels, she began experimenting with music and writing song fragments on a ukulele, which was gifted to her by her brother. Diā reminisces how she “would literally sit on the floor of my bathroom and come up with melodies”. Encouraging reactions from those close to her, reinforced her musical path. 

Diā ‘s practice as a classically trained opera singer induced an incredibly critical ear. Her influences of classical music, such as Baroque and French Romantics are beautifully infused with modern experimental cinematic folk within her music. With the critical success of her debut EP Tiny Ocean, Diā  is set to release the highly anticipated follow up covers EP including a poignant version of  ‘California Girls’. Featuring whispering warm vocals, dreamlike soundscapes with lush ukulele ‘California Girls’ highlights Diā’s signature style of baroque-pop and cinematic folk.
 
Director Jessica Emmanuel, responded to Diã’s cover of the Beach Boy’s hit by writing a poetic score for five LA-based dancers to put their own frame on their personal lives. Emmanuel gathered these portraits together to claim and multiply the vision of a California Girl; revealing their self desire as eclipsing the desire of another. The stunning video is entirely shot on iPhones. Diã’s rendition is redefining a classic hit into a feminist anthem. 

Diā has found success, being featured in such prestigious outlets as Huffington Post, Wonderland Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, LADYGUNN, and The 405 among others. Diā’s previous single ‘Covered in Light’ was used as the official song for the trailer of popular indie film, Newness.