Shy Girls: Next Project Will Be 'The Culmination of a Lot of Influences'
Shy Girls, the bedroom R&B project of Dan Vidmar, is currently supporting recent mixtape 4WZ with its biggest shows to date, performing at New York's Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night (Apr. 30). 4WZ expanded the sound of 2013's gorgeously woozy Timeshare EP, and although Shy Girls' next project has yet to be announced, Vidmar tells Billboard that fans should expect the unexpected.
"My tastes are always changing," he says. "In terms of sound and direction, some days I wake up and I'm really into doing something with only acoustic instruments, and some days I want to do something completely off-the-wall, hard electronica. The direction of the next thing is probably going to be the culmination of a lot of influences."
Vidmar says that the follow-up to 4WZ -- which featured artists like Tei Shi, Rome Fortune and Junglepussy -- will likely be an EP, but that he hopes to release a few more standalone singles first. In the meantime, the artist-producer is staying busy fielding calls from other musicians interested in capturing his warm sound.
"It's been amazing to see how many people have reached out [to] have my vocals featured and work together production-wise," says Vidmar. "I've been working with a lot of writers and producers in Los Angeles over the past couple months, and will continue to do that. I've been working with some other vocalists too, helping with production."
Shy Girls will continue headlining shows this spring, with a performance scheduled in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night (Apr. 30). Vidmar remains an independent artist, and describes the process as "liberating" in spite of the obstacles involved with going the DIY route. For a previously unknown musician, headlining shows across the country -- and slowly gathering a fan base -- has been a deeply rewarding experience.
"Before the Timeshare EP, I was working a day job, making music on the side and showing my friends," Vidmar recalls. "The fact that anyone beyond my 10 closest friends and the local music critics listen to it was kind of astounding to me. It's definitely a trip -- i's almost too much to think about sometimes."