When Danilla met Lafa Pratomo, a musician and producer, in a studio session with Orion Records in 2012, she was struggling to make her words go along with the melodies.
Lafa helped with song arrangements, and gave her some of his materials to use; and later produced her debut album, “Telisik”, which was released in 2014. “Telisik” mixed the sounds and arrangements of bossa nova, jazz and traditional Indonesian music and, although it did not chart, it was met with critical acclaim—placing at number No. 18 on Rolling Stone Indonesia’s Albums of the Year.
Her second album, Lintasan Waktu, was released in 2017, with two singles accompanying it: “Kalapuna” and “Aaa”. The album comprised the modern pop sounds of R&B and psychedelic music, with synthesizer and electric guitar, and was nominated for Indonesian Choice Awards 2018’s Album of the Year.
Danilla has cited several bossa nova and jazz artists such as Antônio Carlos Jobim, João Gilberto, Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Astrud Gilberto, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall to be her influences. She also draws inspirations from various contemporary pop and rock musicians like Radiohead, Jay-Jay Johanson, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Portishead and Coldplay.