Dani Offline: 'I Believe You'

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A photo collage of an African American woman with locs and a reddish top resting her arm on a keyboard.
 (Courtesy of Dani Offline/ Collage by Spencer Whitney of KQED)

The Sunday Music Drop is a weekly radio series hosted by the KQED weekend news team. In each segment, we feature a song from a local musician or band with an upcoming show and hear about what inspires their music.

Singer and producer Dani Offline grew up between the US and Italy and moved to the Bay Area for graduate school. She is a third-year PhD student in comparative literature at UC Berkeley.

“When I’m studying at school or writing, I’m thinking about a lot of the same questions that I’m thinking through in my music,” she said. “I’m just looking at them from a different angle. In my mind, all of these things are creative.”

Dani Offline loves making music on her own because it’s freeing in some ways and allows her to be vulnerable. She also enjoys the supportive nature of artists in the Bay Area music scene. Her song “I Believe You” from her upcoming EP Mirror is about how love can be a mirror.

“I wrote the song thinking about this experience of maybe falling in love, but also falling in love through that other person’s eyes, knowing that the mutual affection maybe was a bit of an illusion,” she said.


Her advice to new musicians is to go to shows and meet people and learn about what they’re doing.

“You don’t even have to think too much about what you’re doing if you can just see and appreciate the art that’s already being made here and then I think that will naturally inspire you to create art of your own just by enjoying and taking pleasure in the art that’s around you,” said Dani Offline.

She will be performing on Oct. 24 at Tiny Telephone Studios in Oakland. The show will feature vintage synthesizers. Her upcoming EP Mirror comes out on Dec. 1.