Alt-pop artist Daym returned with anthemic track ‘Critical’ earlier this month, as he celebrates ambiguity through his artform. In conversation with Malvika Padin, he gets candid about the message he wants to convey with his music, and his desire to use his platform for social commentary, and discussing important issues.
What is the message/inspiration behind ‘Critical’?
“Life is short, so we might as well get along“. The inspiration came from having a healing, long-distance phone call with my mother after a really tough day. Having a ‘message’ is sort of funny coming from anyone, let alone a bloke like me with a laptop and some instruments. What I hoped to deliver with ‘Critical’ is a blank canvas of friendship insecurities and the idea of navigating the murky waters of real world drama. To love and let go of social anxieties.
Describe your sound in 3 words. How has it evolved?
Wonky, funky, visceral. I feel as though my own music evolves as my palette gets broader. It’s in the constant pursuit to bring myself shivers.
If you collaborate with any artist who would that be and why?
Janelle Monáe. I find her work extraordinary. She actually breaks the fourth wall, but in real life.
What message do you hope to convey to listeners through your music?
You are valued. Find resilience and have boundless love, because why the f— not?
What’s been a really memorable moment in your career so far? What plans have you got for this year?
A super memorable moment has been performing at The Satellite in LA for the event Dance Yourself Clean. It was the epitome of finding love in a crowd of strangers. This year I plan to perform in a few more cities as well as release a slew of new music.
What’s one question no one asks in an interview you wish you were asked?
Ah interesting question! I’d like to be asked about any pressing issue in social commentary. Just want to use what little platform I have to give a voice to other people. I hope my art can become a group chat.
What’s one song on your personal playlist you’ve had on repeat recently and why?
‘Another Lifetime’, by Nao is on my everyday playlist. It makes me feel a sense of saudade. The longing throughout that track humbles me and gets me out of my own head.
Watch the music video for ‘Critical’ below: