London’s EDM intriguing artist Di, makes “words dance like a swirling whirling dervish”. Her new smartly controversial and bizarre, club-ready banger, ‘Opium’ Rich B & Phil Marriot Remix, (inspired by Karl Marx’s quote “Religion is opium for the masses”), is another gem included in OMC2 | ONE MORE COMPILATION VOL. 2, out now via OML.
Tell us everything we should know about your track included in our OMC2.
Firstly, thank you, Fabrizio, for featuring my track on your OMC2 compilation album. ‘Opium’ is an incantation like dance track against the backdrop of the crazy, Kurt Vonnegut-like world we live in; a melodic chill pill, so to speak. A simple summary would be it’s a song about masking disillusionment in a frivolous or unconventional way. In parenthesis, I’m saying we need something “LIKE opium for the masses” so I’m not promoting or edifying drug use in anyway shape or form.
What were your influences and vibes whilst writing it?
I wrote this song a while ago so I can’t remember the immediate catalyst of inspiration…. The chorus, however, is inspired by Karl Marx’s thought religion acting as the opium of the people. I don’t necessarily agree with that – I think religion/ spirituality in the wrong hands can dim the lights but in the right hands it can also be a beautiful thing that elevates our consciousness – taking us to HIGHer places(!) I guess the reason why Marx’s opium analogy struck a chord with me is because it’s contentious and therefore, makes people think/ debate.
How did you start?
I startet through trial and error and letting myself fall into the rabbit hole!
Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
From the usuals: experience, books, film, sporadic thoughts.
What is your usual songwriting process?
I start with melodies. They’re the golden gems you happen to mysteriously find or they come to you and you have to record them immediately because as fast as they arrive, they’re even hastier to disappear. Once I’ve a melody to work on, I take my time on the lyrics. I’m very meticulous with them to the point of driving myself a bit mad.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
If I had a magic wand I’d want to collaborate with Bowie. If only… I’d probably be too dumbstruck to do anything, though.
Are you planning any live shows and what will they be like?
With this release I’ve been cocooned in the studio. So far it’s been an internet affair so I have no idea what the live show will be like. It’s all uncharted territory which can only mean one thing…it will be exciting!