Dannika is fronted by Dannika Horvat, a filmmaker whose short The Summer of ABC Burns has recently earned her awards for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Sydney’s WOW Film Festival respectively. In her spare time she joins friends Liam Parsons, Stefan Blair (from Good Morning) and Paul Ceraso to create lo-fi and simple songs with a fractured delicacy that call to mind Perfume Genius. The band’s debut EP For Peaches, was recorded on reel-to-reel audiotape.
Broadsheet: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?
Dannika Horvat: I grew up in Warrandyte, Victoria, and I'm very attached to it. I still work at the IGA there even though I've moved out to Fairfield. Fairfield is really great too.
BS: How did you all end up making music together? What influences did you come together on?
DH: I decided to buy a bass and started writing some songs with it. I showed Liam and asked him if he could help me because I have no idea what I'm doing. And then Liam, Stefan, Paul and I decided to be a little band.
The boys are the best. They're the most talented guys and they put up with me being really clueless which is really great. I'm very grateful to them.
BS: Can you tell us a little bit about your new EP For Peaches and the process of recording it?
DH: We wrote and recorded the EP a really long time ago, like two years? We did it all at Liam's house on their reel to reel.
The EP is for the beautiful Georgie Savage. She has always been my biggest fan and was a real driving force behind the album. She wrote the lyrics for Next To You and took all of our photos and she's just the best person.
BS: How did the two creative strands of filmmaking and music-making develop in you? Is there a correlation for you between each?
DH: They're both very different processes but each is just a different way of getting out something you want to say. I started writing music after finishing ABC Burns and I think it was because I loved that process so much and I needed something else to fill the void.
BS: Who are your songwriting heroes?
DH: Karen O is a big fave and her album Crush Songs is the best. But Liam, Stefan and Paul are my favourite songwriters. They're the real heroes.
BS: Fantasy support slot – any artist, any era, anywhere?
DH: Beyoncé, my backyard.
For Peaches is out now and available here