In case you’ve seen actress/performer Condola Rashad as high-powered legal professional Kate Sacker on Billions, you understand how she will work the room in a go well with. However below the musical moniker of Dola, she’s arrange an unlimited clean canvas onto which she will paint any sort of cosmic imaginative and prescient she likes. As she tells MTV Information, her dynamic new visible for “Operating in Place,” which premieres at present (Might 22), “introduced me to a really Victorian place.”
That is solely a part of the story. “Operating in Place” is the third launch from her EP House Daughter, which she calls her “playful ode to the divine female.” As such, every visible to date has had its personal distinct vibe and aura. “Operating in Place” is, in Dola’s phrases, “a moody music in regards to the demise of thriller caused by the taking up of courting apps.” And the imaginative and prescient, which she co-directed, brings that individual tragedy to life.
For every of House Daughter‘s visible therapies, Dola herself seems because the titular being, ushering in a distinct aspect of herself and the journey. “The concept is that on the high of every video, she does one thing that principally permits her to manifest into one other model of herself, to inform a distinct story of herself. Her story,” Dola mentioned. By the top of the violet-tinged “Operating in Place” video, a black-clad mourning Dola even lies down flowers at a gravestone that reads “R.I.P. Thriller.” “I like once I meet any individual, not figuring out the whole lot about them. And there is one thing in regards to the courting apps the place you do the entire background examine earlier than you even meet the particular person.”
This wasn’t fairly her concept from the bounce; the truth is, it took a little bit of distance to find, which she did whereas listening again to the House Daughter songs she created with collaborators.
“All of 2019 was manifestation 12 months for me. I drew up these temper boards. I drew up these therapies and these outlines for these movies final January. After which we filmed these in August,” she mentioned of the bold House Daughter challenge. She knew as soon as she discovered the music‘s bridge — anchored across the lyrics “swipe to the left then we swipe to the proper” — that one of many video’s central photographs could be based mostly round a smartphone. “I knew I wished choreography with the cellular phone. I knew that. I used to be like, ‘It’s a must to be dancing with this cellular phone! I do know that.'”
That dancing comes through Dola and flanked help all seated in corsets in a Victorian inside, the set design matching the music‘s baroque strings. However the telephones of their fingers are purposeful anachronisms. “I appreciated that juxtaposition between one thing that was vintage and trendy,” she mentioned. “I knew I wished that in the identical picture, of the constriction of what it’s that I really feel generally with courting apps.”
She’s additionally felt walled in about her sound as an artist, which does not all the time observe alongside straight strains. She views the musical and visible parts of “Operating in Place,” for instance, as “a gorgeous mixture of Stevie Marvel and Tim Burton.” However her earlier House Daughter entries — the mild, elemental “Blue” and the sensual, bombastic “Give Up the Gold” — could not be extra totally different from that vibe (and from one another).
“What excites me is, as you would see from ‘Give Up the Gold’ or ‘Operating in Place,’ [is how] I believe individuals are all going to be, ‘Wait, what? The place are we going now?'” she mentioned.
Dola nonetheless has a number of new shades of herself to disclose as she rolls out the remainder of House Daughter. However what’s constant, even when the music itself varies from monitor to trace, is the inspiration. “To me, I simply felt like, at the same time as an actor, my work is impressed by music. Each single character I’ve performed has had a playlist that all the time builds from musical items,” she mentioned. “So it is actually formed the best way that I walked by means of my life.”
To that finish, Dola is donating 100 % of her private proceeds of “Operating in Place” throughout June, July, and August to profit VH1’s Save the Music Foundation — which is able to support in music schooling at an unprecedented time as a result of coronavirus pandemic. “As faculties are shifting in direction of distant studying, these music college students and academics have sort of misplaced the power to precise themselves in school and in particular person, and a variety of these college students have restricted expertise at house,” she mentioned. “So I appreciated doing what they’ll to be sure that the scholars proceed to study making music in these restricted methods.”
See that inspiration in motion by trying out Dola’s “Operating in Place” video when it drops later at present.