This is an extremely special post for many reasons: Not only was I asked to take part in a fun photoshoot project with my dear friends Dilia Stein, Manuela Rana, and the team at Feminine Weapon, it also happens to be a wonderful celebration of DILIA’S upcoming birthday and release of her Debut EP, “MOONSHINE.” Before I really get into it, I have to say; I am completely blown away by the sheer talent, maturity, heart, passion, compassion, beauty, and inspiration that DILIA shares with the world. Whether it’s through her music, the hands-on philanthropic work she contributes through The Orphaned Starfish Foundation and Arteamor, or just her daily interactions with the world. I can’t tell you enough (and those who know her would hands down agree) how special her energy is — even with just the smile on her face, it’s larger than life. (And she’s gorgeous to boot, clearly, as you will see in the photos.)
On a Saturday the 3 of us got together to take photos and catch up on life in general. A day filled with a lot of laughter (mainly because Manuela just cracks us up), a lot of wind machine (which is a whole other story lol), and A LOT OF LOVE OF CREATING between the 3 of us. After our photoshoot we conversed over soup and dumplings (delish! btw) to learn more about the intention and creative process for “MOONSHINE.”
This EP is a true culmination of DILIA’S life experiences and stories expressed through her words and voice. She describes “MOONSHINE,” named after one the tracks on the album, as a combination of Rock, Blues, Gospel, Americana, and Latin percussion (which “was really important” to her in honor of her heritage). “This first album uses real musicians on real instruments, though I enjoy electronic music and I love pop/dance (which has a home to me), I really needed the first thing I put out in the world to be representative of something authentic & organic, something deeper…I really think that your job as an artist is to make the world a better place. It’s a duty for all of us as human beings, but especially for us as artists because you put something out there that is going to impact someone, why not make it something that is more powerful?” “MOONSHINE,” which is sung in both English and Spanish, is co-written with Jeremy Berman, and produced by the grammy-winning Tony Black (Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross).
We are sooo excited to share some behind the scene pics along with the portraits for her EP release show, and hope that you will join us in celebration of this milestone. The show takes place tomorrow, October 28th, at The Cutting Room NYC. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Sponsored by Feminine Weapon. See you there 🙂
PS — The guitar featured below was a gift from the musician’s parents when she was 13 years old. It’s a beautiful Larrivée. When DILIA was 18, she moved to New York with it, a suitcase, and $200. Here’s living proof…dreams really do come true.
(I love being in the presence of these two, you have no idea…)
So without further adieu, here are the final portraits!!…
Last but not least, a SPECIAL THANKS to Antoine Verglas! This would not have come together without your support!