Dreya aka Andreia Domingues is a singer / songwriter whose journey you won’t want to miss! Born and raised in Lisbon (Portugal), the upcoming artist moved to the United Kingdom at the young age of 17 to pursue a music career.
Dreya’s music adventure began when she was only 5 years old. Starting in a very strict and rigorous classical environment, She learned many subjects such as piano, music theory and vocal techniques making it to the Conservatorium’s main Gospel Choir by the age of 12. A year later, Dreya decided that it was time to apply her knowledge to contemporary music by taking part in private singing lessons – this is where she fell in love with R&B.
Dreya’s main influence was Alicia Keys. “I used to sit on the floor in my room listening to Alicia Keys for hours non stop. At that time I didn’t really know what most words meant so I would have a little dictionary next to the lyrics book to try to understand what the song was about. I guess because I have such a heavy classical background Alicia Keys just made sense to me. Her music was something I deeply connected with and still do”. – DREYA
With later extensive education, Dreya now holds more than a dozen credentials including a music performance degree accredited by the well known Music University – BIMM London.
By having now completed all the desired education and spending time perfecting her skills, Dreya has revealed that she is ready to shake things up in the industry.
Has music always been your first career choice?
Well, yes & no. When we’re kids we always have all these dreams & expectations of what the world is and then you grow up and realize everything is just straight up messed up so you might as well do whatever you want!
So for a while I kinda wanted to be a vet & then later on a cardiologist but mainly because my family would tell me that these were the jobs that would help me to live a good, stable life. Tough.. they were the ones putting me into this music thing when I was a kid, so it’s their fault really.
Nah, but honestly, when I was about 16 I was weighing my options as I had to choose what to pursue at university and you know what, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else than music so here I am.
Describe the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist?
The biggest obstacle that I’ve had to overcome as an artist & still am overcoming is probably finding my true self. In this industry authenticity is key & if it’s not on point I don’t think it would be possible to go very far. That’s what I really struggled with in the beginning & I’m still working on it every single day.
Which artists or producers are you the most inspired to work with?
Definitely A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Bryson Tiller, Summer Walker, etc. There’s actually so many people I’d like to work with in the future, but these are probably my top choices at the moment. They are DOPE… that’s all I can say really & if you don’t know ‘em, get to know!
Are you working on any new music right now?
Of course, I’m always working on new stuff, I never STOP!
I can say I have two more songs dropping very very soon. They are both quite different from the song I just released ‘Ain’t Right’. (I’m also working on a music video for my latest song which I will be dropping on the 25th October).In one of them new songs I’m actually going back to my Portuguese roots and am including a bit of Portuguese in a verse & the other one I’m going more into an hip-hop vibe. I’m still experiencing different sounds and finding which styles work best with my voice, but I have a whole lot of music on the
Best piece of advice you can give to any other upcoming artists?
I guess to just be yourself man. I don’t think there’s any other advice I can give to any other artist other than: work as hard as you can and if you think it isn’t possible to do any more than what you’re currently doing that’s when you HAVE to go the extra mile and push yourself & always, ALWAYS be authentic & true to yourself. Stick to your beliefs, stick to the way you dress & the way you sing/rap, stick to WHO YOU ARE because no one can take that away from you and in the long run it’s what’s going to make you stand out.
“Ain’t Right” OUT NOW
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