“I’m moving to New York and I’m going to be building my band,” Dani tells EW. But before that, she still has one more big performance in her old city. “I’ve got a huge show coming up in Orlando, my hometown, for my birthday bash/homecoming next Friday. I’m very excited about that. I’ve got some new songs and new music videos in the works.”
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Still, don’t expect her to look exactly the same. Dani recently traded those signature Bieber locks for an edgy new mohawk look, admitting she did get tired of always hearing about the resemblance. “It gets old. Especially knowing I didn’t [...] go out [to] be a Justin Bieber look-alike,” she says.
“[It] can be a little frustrating when it comes down to me wanting to be a performer with my own name and my own vibe and image. We’re so different.”
So what has been good about the comparisons? The Bieber ‘do got people’s attention, but Dani says that if people were willing to “pull back a layer,” they realize, “Oh wait. She’s a little bit different. She sings her own music.
“And then they peel back another layer and realize there is so much more to it,” she says.” This isn’t something I wanted to happen, it just did. And I’m dealing with it every single day.”