We had the good fortune of connecting with Dia Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dia, what are you inspired by?
I like to write about my real-life struggles and situations. In 2020, I had a lot of releases about a breakup I had with an alcoholic that I knew I should’ve seen the red flags of. In 2021, I’ll be releasing songs about the struggle to reach my fullest potential, as 2020 really had me sit and think about my frustrations with my career, my love life, and more. I’m excited, though, because since I do write from such a real place, my 2021 songs feel very humorous.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a songwriter, pop artist, and music producer with a quirky perspective on life. What I’m most proud of this year was creating from a place of excitement and pushing my boundaries without any force or expectations. I started producing music again, and this time, I’m insanely proud of it. It’s exactly where I’ve been wanting to go as an artist. It wasn’t easy, however. It took me going to school for music production. Quitting producing to focus on the songwriting aspect, working with some amazing people that I admire, writing to tracks, working on vocal production, and finally, being incredibly unsatisfied with demos and working on them until I accidentally made a full production. It took me years to become good at something I really only just restarted doing…but in all the time I “quit” I was spending hours watching professionals and learned by osmosis. Everyone tells me it’s my lyrics that set me apart. I try to write from my everyday life and my everyday life is anything but mundane, so they’ve got a silly, fun perspective and they’re very honest. One lesson I’ve learned along the way – if you’re unhappy, maybe quitting is the right thing. Quitting doesn’t have to mean forever, and sometimes it’ll lead you to the thing you need. As long as when you “quit” you continue to work hard towards your life goals, you’ll find your way into what’s meant for you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a big fan of hiking and getting the day started with movement. Depending on the friend, before or after the hike I’d stop at Alfred for an Oatmilk Latte. Then, shower & get ready for a day adventure – something like the Getty Center, walking down the Venice boardwalk, or maybe shopping on Melrose. Then, to top it off, depending on the mood, maybe Sushi at Kiwami by Katsu-Ya
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Right now, as I jump back into production, I’d like to give special shoutouts to the producers who I’ve sat and watched for countless hours, and who give me so tips and tricks about the trade. Thank you Stephen Rivera, Mishka Bier, & Jordan Richman specifically.