Vancouver’s “most wholesome electronic duo,” Days of Lavender, made up of producer Stephen Clarke and singer/songwriter Daniela Gunn-Doerge have recently unveiled their single, “Vancouver Aquarium,” about their favourite fun local tourist spot.
The pair have been performing locally and at festivals throughout BC over the last year and have unexpectedly found the Vancouver Aquarium to be one of their greatest sources of inspiration.
“We started going just for fun, and then we realized it was filtering into our music,” says Clarke. “Once we step into that underwater world where we’re surrounded by curiosities, ideas just start to come.”
Upon first listen, “Vancouver Aquarium” sounds like a kid’s song, but the lyrics tell a different story.
“We wanted to write a song for adults like us who sometimes get so busy or worried we forget to enjoy life like a kid at the aquarium.” says Gunn-Doerge. “We want to inspire people of all ages to sit in awe, to play, explore and create – just for the sake of it!”
Stephen’s grandmother, a long-time donor to the Vancouver Aquarium, instilled in him an appreciation for this popular Vancouver attraction. Now, Daniela and Stephen encourage their friends to go, and so far have motivated 8 of them to get their annual memberships.
“We have received so much inspiration from this place, so writing a song about it is sort of our way of giving back.” says Clarke.
Hi! Our names are Daniela and Stephen, and together we’re Days of Lavender, a psychedelic electronic band based in Vancouver, BC. Stephen is a producer and bassist who uses his Ableton PUSH to create adaptable soundscapes for live shows. Daniela is a classically trained vocalist who uses her versatile voice and theatre background to bring a narrative to our music.
On February 27th, we released “Vancouver Aquarium,” a song about getting in touch with curiosity and finding awe and fun in the everyday. Producing this song was an opportunity for us to really experiment and have fun with ideas without thinking too much about the outcome or how people would respond to it. This is the first track to be released from our EP Mary’s Garden, which comes out on May 3.
We try to be open to inspiration from anywhere, not just our musical influences and personal experiences but also nature, spiritual teachings, and other art forms like theatre, dance, and visual art. Stephen is an RMT, and Daniela is a yoga instructor, so mindfulness is an important part of our writing and creative process.
We have two So Far Sounds shows in Vancouver on March 16th and March 23rd. We will host and play another edition of InnerSpace, a multidisciplinary art show with live painting, on April 22nd. You can check out our Instagram bio for information and tickets.
In 2023 we’re planning a collaborative album with many other musicians who can bring their perspectives and talent to our music. We’ll also be in Toronto for the month of May to play and get more connected to the music scene there. The biggest goal of all for the year is to just keep delighting in the process of creating music- wherever that takes us.
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