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Chelsea Dash the “Badass Barbie Doll of Pop”

Chelsea Dash - Credit Robert Larson

A recent alumna of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Chelsea Dash has been entertaining audiences with her stunning, four octave, power house voice from a very early age. She made her musical debut at a preschool “Show and Tell” with a lively rendition of Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” – shocking peers and teachers alike, and nearly leading to her expulsion.

Any album plans in the works? What can you tell us? What can we expect?
Yes! My 7 song EP “Dangerous” will be released later this year. I’d classify it as urban influenced pop.

How do you like being known as the “Badass Barbie Doll of pop”?
I love it! I think it’s a nice compliment. I definitely have the platinum blonde locks and rock a pink lipstick but have an urban edge to me. I’m a bit sassy and tough, so I think the nickname quite suits me!

What have been among the coolest experiences so far in your musical journey?
Definitely the producers I’ve worked with on my upcoming EP. I learned a lot from each one and they all have quite the discography! I was thrilled that they wanted to work with me; Smitty Soul (Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake), Goodwill & MGI (50 cent, Justin Bieber, Akon, Pitbull) and Tomas Costanza (Macklemore, 2 Chainz).

How do you feel the response has been to “Massive Attack”?
Really good! It was just featured on PureVolume and seems to have sparked a lot of interest in my music.

What artistic growth do you feel you have experienced this past year?
Songwriting is always a growing and learning process. Especially in the past couple months, I’ve been writing more personal songs. You never know where the creativity will take you and it’s easy to be fearful of diving into personal stuff and writing about it but I’m becoming more comfortable with it!

In your opinion, What makes a good song?
This is a tricky question but I’ll keep my answer simple! A catchy melody and lyrics that can be relatable, relevant, witty and tell a story simultaneously. Something memorable and emotive.

What can you always guarantee to your fans, no matter what?
That everything I put out there is a true extension of me. I never put anything out, music or image wise or anything unless I feel that it is 100% me. People often try to push you in different directions because they have a different vision of you and your artistry. I know who I am and I always stand up for it. I’ll always be genuine with my music and image and what I’m about!

Who was the last person to really inspire you?
FKA Twigs. I found it really fascinating that she sings entirely in falsetto on every song, the whole way through. In voice lessons, that was always a no-no! I think it’s really awesome she was able to make that her style and make it popular.

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist? How did you overcome that challenge?
Shooting my music video for “Take A Picture“. I worked with a director who really did not understand my vision, and he failed to execute a lot of key shots that he had promised. The video suffered because he failed to rise to occasion, live up to his word and was focussed on bigger artists. I was heartbroken. Devastated. So, I saved up some of my own money, found new directors on my own and produced a brand new music video all by myself. It was really hard work but It turned out amazing! It was a huge undertaking though but I’m happy that I did it my way on my terms. The new video (that will be released very soon) was directed by this directing duo called COWORKERS and they did such an incredible job. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

At this point, what do you value most about this experience in music?
Being able to create the music that I want, that’s truly me and to be able to share that music with my fans and connect with them.

What are your goals for the rest of 2015?
I really want my music to reach as many new ears as possible and develop the relationship with my fans as much as possible.

Do you have any final thoughts? Anything you would like to say to the readers of popYOUlarity?
Be sure to keep and eye out for my music video for “Take A Picture“! I really hope you like it. My next show is in Los Angeles, October 2nd at The Mint, so if you’re in LA, come and join me (more details on Facebook)! And also don’t forget to connect with me on social media: @Iamchelseadash, IG: Chelseadashmusic.

+ Debbie Fettback
Photo: Robert Larson

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