The 29-year-old Toronto-born musician knows what it means to have to fight, and she’s not afraid to do it. The release of her new EP, Daddy Loves You, is the culmination of countless false starts, broken promises and years of legal battles over the rights to her own work. It’s a dynamic she’s been railing against since her former all-girl metal band, Dentata, “a sisterhood,” she told office, dissipated thanks to a hometown producer impeding the release of their record. And that’s just the industry side of things.
The untimely loss of her mother, years of exploitation at the hands of a predatory, well-known musician, and time spent navigating the pre-Me Too era of modeling as a teen preceded the struggle to seize control over her art. She’s exhausted, but she’s on the other side of it now, and ready to take on anyone who’s ever silenced her or told her no.
“I definitely Me Too’ed some people, and just how I feel on the inside, just Dana at home, having said people’s names and called things out that were so fucked up that other people were afraid to do––how I feel with myself at the end of the day? I feel better, I feel happier, I feel lighter, I feel more free and I want to keep that going,” she said. “There’s no reason for us to be afraid anymore.”
With neither fear nor fucks left to give, Dentata presents Daddy Loves You––the darker, bloodier follow-up to last year’s DANAVI$ION; marking the dawn of a call to arms as revolutionary as it is radioactive.
Read office's conversation with the artist about demons, dicks and dispossession, below.