DASHA Cushions Heartache in Nostalgic Track
“Better Than She Did”
“DASHA’s powerful focus on girl-power and dedication to creating catchy anthems makes her a force to be reckoned within the music industry” – Popular TV
DASHA continues her momentum with the release of her newest single, “Better Than She Did.” In the pop-R&B infused track DASHA overcomes a broken heart. A single displaying the false hope felt after an ex moves on and finds someone else. “Better Than She Did” is a mantra DASHA tells herself to overcome the hurt.
Beginning with subtle guitar plucking, DASHA quickly fills “Better Than She Did” with captivating vocal ornamentations and a perfectly packaged production. As an award winning songwriter, DASHA’s words show a dexterity that is as clever as it is devastating. Through the song’s breezy instrumentation DASHA helps anyone who feels betrayed by an ex move on, offering solace through words that are as relatable as they are catchy.
DASHA continues to have a knack between balancing hit and heartbreak. “Better Than She Did” comes after the release of polished-pop hit “None Of My Business,” an all-powerful anti-cheating anthem. The single itself exudes breeziness and sparkles with its 90’s R&B influenced melody. Behind this facade, however, are intensely honest and emotion-filled lyrics that cut like a knife, bringing an undeniable sense of authenticity to her work. Co-written by Chelsea Balan, who has penned some of pop’s brightest including AJ Mitchell, Joseph Tilly, Kaskade, and Meg Smith, and produced by Elijah Hill who has worked among acts Crobin, Young L, Maty Noyes, Lizzy Land and crafted official remixes for Ava Max – the three serve as the perfect formula for pop perfection.
After being selected by SONY in a song and artist competition held in Nashville, the California native got the chance of a lifetime. Signing with SONY Germany/ FAMOUZ Records for a single deal, DASHA released the catchy and confident track “Don’t Mean A Thing.” Her momentum continued as she brought her girl-power-punch to Live Oak Music Festival and opened for a date on LISSIE’s US tour. All of this leading to DASHA signing with Quadio Records, an independent label based in New York City that champions the next generation of recording artists.
On “Better Than She Did” DASHA explains, “Better Than She Did’ started as a melody idea in my voice memos. I had no idea where the song was going-all I knew is I had the start of something really cool. I wrote the song with my friend Alex Veronneau in his Nashville apartment. I played him the rough idea I was toying with and the rest of the song came so easily. Confusion, jealousy and nostalgia are the predominant emotions when I was writing the song. “Better Than She Did” allowed me to channel all of these emotions – I was pretty hurt when I wrote it and I think you can tell.”
Listen to “Better Than She Did”: HERE
“I’ve always been surrounded by women that are just so unafraid to get what they want. I guess I picked that up.”
It’s this kind of empowerment that suffuses every song on California-born artist and songwriter DASHA’s debut EP. Released by Quadio Records, it features a collection of tracks that confidently mix heartfelt songwriting with catchy pop hooks and a touch of west coast R&B. The product is a versatile sound that blends her California roots with her adopted home of Nashville, where she spent the last few years.
Following in the footsteps of her brother Bardo, (Trevor Daniel, Beauty School Dropout) Dasha started attending songwriting camps, along with taking voice lessons. Dasha opted to build her career from home, working with her brother, other producers, and a variety of musical collaborators, including Pink Slip and Inverness, and regularly releasing songs that eventually began notching up to 30,000 streams each.
After a summer in Nashville, in 2018 Dasha decided to attend Belmont University for its noted music program. There, she met the popular singer/songwriter zyyn, and they released “Heart on Hold,” a pulsing romantic duet with a searing electronic edge. Performances at Nashville and LA venues soon followed, as did an opening act for the pop duo Danny and Alex. Most recently, her single, “Don’t Mean a Thing,” was released through Sony Germany and placed on Spotify’s New Music Friday Nashville playlist.
With her new album on the verge of release, Dasha is characteristically ebullient about the future and the way her voice can both inspire and entertain. “I think about the women who came before me — my grandma was the only woman in her medical school class, and she was pregnant at the time — I think about my mom and my sister, who are so smart and confident, and keep going and pushing even harder than before,” she says. “I get an idea and think, ‘Oh my God, I have to write this song.’ I’m obsessed.”
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