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18 Questions with Dan Aura

Rising British newcomer Dan Aura chats with 1883 about his latest release, Where It Hurts.

18 Questions With introduces 1883 readers to the brightest young artists, actors, creatives and beyond. From childhood memories and guilty pleasures to their latest ventures and upcoming projects, our goal is to bring you closer to the people who inspire and entertain us. 

Dan Aura understands the importance of authenticity. The rising British singer has a knack for creating atmospheric pop soundscapes juxtaposed with intricate and deft lyricism. At its core, his music is rooted in vulnerability and honesty, weaving his own personal narratives, and exploring everything from heartbreak to longing and beyond. His new EP Where It Hurts further exemplifies this — a collection of songs that are seemingly straight from his diary.

Aura sits down with 1883 for 18 questions on everything from his dream dinner party guestlist, the release of Where It Hurts, and more.

What’s one exciting thing that happened to you this week?

Honestly, the fact that the sun’s out in London, it’s been so cold for so long and I needed some vitamin D!

What was the last thing you read?

I’m not a super active reader which is something I’m working on, but the last book I read was The Danish Girl. I actually saw the movie before I read the book, but they are both equally heartbreaking and spectacular.

Favourite memory growing up?

My favourite memory from growing up is probably eating fish and chips in the back of my dad’s old beat up Land Rover; I grew up on the coast so we used to drive down to the quay and look out to sea after school.

Where was the last place you travelled to?

I think it was Ibiza a few years ago. I went with my family and some really good friends and we had the best time ever. My Mum has always been a raver, so she was absolutely in her dream scenario.

What was the last thing that made you laugh?

Probably Verionika_iscool on TikTok, she had such a niche form of humour and I’m so deep into the lore I fear I’m too far into it now.

What’s your nighttime ritual?

Salisylic face wash, BHA toner (also Salisylic don’t tell me off), then some type of night moisturizing mask or any deep moisturizer. This is usually paired with me eating pasta in bed and watching YouTube most days.

Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list?

Ok this is a really hard question. If I really think about it I’d probably pick Lady Gaga, she’s been in the industry so long, and she’s the master of so many crafts, I think I’d just like to pick her brain.

Favourite quote from a film or TV show?

Probably “David, stop acting like a disgruntled pelican” from Schitts Creek, I will forever be obsessed with Moira Rose.

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Anything Britney.

Favourite item in your closet?

My brown leather jacket, honestly I might tell my family to bury me in it. I got it for $30 in a New york thrift shop and I’m in love.

What is the major throughline between all the songs on your new EP, Where It Hurts?

I think perseverance, it’s okay to feel your feelings and go through whatever you need to but you’ll always come out the other side better than you were before. That’s something I’ve definitely learnt firsthand.

Was there anything that surprised you about the creation of this EP that differed from creating your first?

I wouldn’t say so actually, creating a project has always been quite a long process for me, but this one was probably more cathartic to write, I’d say.

Who are your inspirations when you’re writing music? What do you find sparks your interest?

Julia Michaels is definitely one of the writers that inspires me, her storytelling, melodies and the fact you can tell it’s a Julia Michaels song just by listening. I’d also love to work with Dan Nigro one day as he’s produced and written some of my favourite songs.

There is a euphoric quality to your music. What was the process like to figure out what sound you wanted to pursue when first starting your artist project?

I’ve always struggled with finding my sound as an artist, and truthfully I think I still haven’t found it, which is completely okay. I make sure I listen to a lot of music and try to figure out what makes me the happiest to sing, and what really scratches my brain as a songwriter too.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to and how would you like to develop your own live show?

I think it was probably Lady Gaga on her Chromatica Ball tour, she’s always been so extra as a person and it really shows in her live productions. Everything is so beautiful, the outfit changes, live arrangements, production value, it’s something I’d love to incorporate into my own shows.

After someone finishes listening to ‘Where It Hurts,’ what do you hope they take away from it?

The things that happen to you don’t define you, whether that’s how a relationship ended, trauma from your childhood or anything that you’re hanging on to, you decide your own future and you are in complete control.

What would you like to manifest for yourself throughout the next year and why?

I’m manifesting that my music reaches all the people it needs to, I’d love to be selling out shows, on tour and releasing the best music I ever have; I think that’s all I can ask for from the universe.

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