Today (November 22nd), Los Angeles saw two dynamite artists release a collaboration for their generation. Entitled ‘Power’, Magdalena Bay (Matt + Mica) and Disco Shrine created an anthem for people all over the world who are navigating what it means to stand in your own strength.
Following up Disco Shrine’s previous single, ‘All Right‘, ‘Power’ serves a similar sentiment created specifically for females. “As a female artist, it’s easy to feel lost along the way and to feel like you’re making a ton of mistakes,” Disco Shrine (aka Jessica Delijani) tells us. “But instead of keeping your head down and letting the doubt seep in, we turn ‘tears into flowers’, meaning we channel those insecurities and turn them into strength. ”
The result is a jam in every sense of the word: groove, empowered lyrics, finesse, and familiarity. A bona fide collaborative effort between the three musicians, ‘Power’ was recorded in Magdalena Bay’s mid-city home studio. Yet despite the feel good anthem it became, Disco Shrine says she was actually in a darker place and “was experiencing a lot of self doubt at that time.” She continues, “We all started talking about the struggles you face as an artist and it turned into Power.”
Self-proclaimed the ‘Persian Barbie’, Disco Shrine weaves inventive melodies into her dance music, making us feel like the 90s Britney Spears is coming back for more. The soulful pop princess is renowned for being an event curator as well, a world traveling DJ, and perhaps most rightfully so, a bold songwriter. Her tunes have been praised for topics such as inclusivity, immigration, and transparency.
Learn more about Disco Shrine and what we can expect from her in 2020 in our conversation below.
Tell me what was your process in writing the song? What came first? lyrics ?
You said you just knew you’d work well with Magdalena Bay. How do you feel your styles compliment each other?
A lot of the lyrics in this song are about breaking out of a cold haze, or pushing out of the bubble. What are these forces (no longer) holding you back?
What makes you feel at your strongest?
Who are some artists you’re currently listening to?
Mo, Empress Of, Holychild, Dorian Electra, Charli XCX, Carley Rae Jepsen, Gwen Stefani, Tove Lo, Bea Miller, Phem, Ashe, Elohim. Are all definitely on my rotation right now
What’s on your mind now when you’re writing? What can we expect from your next releases?
My writing is definitely reflective of my life and the people I meet or experiences I have. I take everything from the outside world and usually when really inspiring things happen to me whether bad or good, it ends up manifesting itself into a song. I plan on releasing an EP next year and I think people can expect me to be a lot more vulnerable in my new music.
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photos Disco Shrine / Nicole Lipp
photos duo / Cosme H.
story / Ariana Tibi