Aura Davis may be a new name on the international music scene, but her love of the arts started in childhood. She began writing poetry and fiction when she was just 9 years-old. However, tumultuous times in her teens derailed the artist’s early endeavors. Now in adulthood she has turned back to music to share her stories.
Inspired by other bold, honest female singer/songwriters like Alanis Morissette and Lennon Stella, Aura’s songs dive deeply into her own heartaches and struggles. To date, she has released two singles. Her first, “Secrets” is an emotional examination of her own fears and anxiety. That track has already connected with listeners across the globe and has spawned a remix and an acoustic version.
“Keep Running” is Aura Davis’ latest single, released October 22, 2020. Once again we find the singer combining her keen Pop sensibilities with literary skill and a fearless devotion to the truth. Over infectiously catchy percussive Alt-Pop groove the singer recounts a troubled and transient history. Tasteful guitar and synth riffs paint the edges of the mix as Aura’s smooth and airy vocals sing, “I keep running, over fields of broken glass.”
You can hear “Keep Running” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Recently we sat down With Aura Davis to discuss her music, her past and the future…
8 Questions With Aura Davis
The Static Dive: Where are you from?
Aura Davis: I was born and raised in Switzerland. But I have roots in southern Italy.
SD: How long have you been making music?
AD: I have always been singing. And I have always been writing. But actively working on it in terms of “creating” music only came a few years ago.
SD: Who are the musicians involved in your project?
AD: I work with many different people. Sometimes it’s just friends, sometimes industry professionals. I really like to keep my mind open to anything and anyone that brings new perspectives into the room. I also don’t really look into genres that much when I’m working because that might change the way I approach things.
SD: Who are your biggest musical influences?
AD: That’s complicated (laughs). From a singing point of view it’s people like Grace Potter, Kelsea Ballerini or Taylor Momsen. From an emotional point of view it’s bands like Porcupine Tree, Riverside or Katatonia. And from a writing point of view it’s writers like Julia Michaels, NF or Taylor Swift.
SD: What is your greatest non-musical influence?
AD: Literature. I have always been reading ever since I could figure out words looking at letters. It never really mattered what I was reading – the point was to read it and get out of reality for a minute. The day I realized I could actually write my own stories was probably the best day in my entire life (laughs).
SD: What inspired you to create this project?
AD: I was inspired to do that for a very long time. But it just wasn’t my time yet. I guess I just had to finish some pages in my book of life first before I could start this new chapter. But now, here I am.
SD: What are your plans for the future (musically)?
AD: I started to work with someone new a few months ago. This was the first time I really clicked with someone creatively in the most honest way possible. There’s just so much room for feelings of any kind. No judgement, no boundaries. And that – in combination with this whole weird Pandemic situation – has had a huge influence in everything I do musically. This new music is the most honest thing I ever created and I cannot wait to share these songs with you.
SD: Is there anything else you would like to say?
AD: Well the only thing left to say here now is happy holiday I guess ? Stay safe!