One Drip Two Drip is a quirky love letter to Berlin club culture. I wrote this song during the Tanzverbot (dance ban) as the city was in lockdown in 2021. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be dope to have a club simulation with all the weird and funny things that happen in a night out?” I wanted it to be glamorous but also real, like walking past the queue when you’re on the guest list looking snatched but also running into your exes and having a bit of drama, cause like, all the best parties have a bit of scandal!
One of my favourite parts of the video is the Harem scene. I thought it would be quite funny to be tripping in Panorama bar and suddenly everything turns a bit ‘oriental’. It’s interesting for me because we don’t have clubs in Iran and never get to see how modern club culture can look like if not from a western background/aesthetic/architecture. So I wanted to basically juxtapose both these worlds in the song and the video. I use this ironoc orientalism as a step in my process of decolonisation, embracing aspects of my culture that have been exoticised or shamed by others.
Directing the video with Ainissa V and Rory Midhani was also so much fun. I’ve been a big fan of Rory since I first saw his work years ago and was so psyched when he wanted to do the video. His work portrays so much queer joy and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with him and Ainissa to bring the vision to life. I honestly couldn’t ask for a better debut music video!
Text and music by Dornika. Gender-fluid Iranian-American artist Dornika is a Berlin-based musician, visual artist, drag performer, and vocal coach. Born in Tehran, she migrated with her mom to the US at age 7 only to move back a few years later to Tehran. She moved to Berlin in 2017, establishing herself shortly after in the vibrant queer nightlife scene, and mixing drag, music, and dance performance in festivals and clubs in Europe.
Dornika started playing classical piano at an early age. She later learned classical guitar and Setar only to discover her real passion in singing and composition. As a teenager she wrote pop songs on her bedroom piano. After facing many hardships in Iran as a female singer, she took a break from music and studied Fine Arts in Tehran and then in Berlin.
She started writing and producing music again in 2019 and shortly after, started teaching others how to find power in their own voices, drawing her compassion from the hardships she had faced herself. Dornika’s work is heavily influenced by her activism, confronting subjects of state violence, sexism, inequality, and mental health. Her debut single, Fatbulous, is a body-positive high energy pop track celebrating traditionally shamed elements of female bodies. Dornika’s music is not bound by genre. She draws from all parts of her life, picking up as she goes and exploring elements of jazz, hip-hop, pop, Iranian folk, voguing beats, techno, and experimental electronic music.