Shaefri - Girl

 

Shaefri - Girl

Shaefri – Girl

 

ARTIST NAME: Shaefri

 

SONG TITLE: Girl

 

RELEASE DATE: 25.03.2020

 

GENRE: Pop/Indie Pop

 

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Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.

We started writing it in Paris in 2017 and finished it in London last year. I wrote it with two producers, Traxx and Medeline with additional production from Pierre Lucrioux.

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Tell us the best means of becoming a famous artist and selling more records.

I don’t have the answer to this but I think hard work and perseverance play a large role in success in this industry – it’s very saturated, with a lot of talented people so you have to have a bit of grit and ambition to make it.

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

Really well! It’s had an amazing response, which I’m delighted by. I’m glad the message is resonating with people – I really think now is the time for solidarity.

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.

Take a deep breath and try and remember that everyone is there because they want to hear your music and see you perform – it’s a positive thing!

 

Take some time to be alone beforehand as well, it helps me calm down as I can get nervous.

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Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.

I think the technical quality of the recordings and engineering is so much better than what it used to be but the ability to edit and really finetune a song can sometimes remove some of the ‘soul’ from it.

 

I also think songwriting nowadays can be a bit too led by ‘what’s popular on Tiktok’ etc. – it has become quite commercial and I don’t necessarily think that will lead to particularly special songs.

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Tell us any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.

I wrote some music for the soundtrack of a film, ‘Binti’, that was selected for the annual Sundance Film Festival this year – that was quite a “pinch me” moment – it was one of only three films in the World selected in its category so I’m very honoured to have played a small part in it.

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Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.

I wrote them after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein came out – the lyrics were born out of a sense of hopelessness, anger, determination, and community. They are meant to empower and unite women whilst also recognizing that we still have a long way to go.

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

Through music, of course!

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Tell us your opinion on using music to deliberate on issues affecting people like corruption, immoralities, politics, and religion.

I think music can be an incredible way to soundtrack an issue or a campaign and unite people, but you want to make sure that you agree with the cause your music is going to be used for. I think it’s great that music can ignite the passion for these issues as well.

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Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.

I find it easiest to write songs about issues/people/situations that really matter to me – so I would hope that the honesty in my songs really resonates with people for that reason.

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List the names of individuals you can point out as legends and state your reasons.

I really admire powerful women, in every field; be it Malala Yousafzai for her activism, Venus Williams for her services to sport or Beyoncé for her ambition and drive.

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

I wish it didn’t exist.

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Tell us your favourite book and state your reason.

I really loved ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ – a lesson to us all to be more compassionate told through humour and a sense of beautiful sadness.

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Tell us what triggers your creativity.

It sounds cliched but it really can be anything – a story I hear, the news, something I’ve experienced, something a friend has told me or been through – interesting stories and issues tend to ignite my creativity.

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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.

I like to start with chords when writing alone, then I start to sort of mumble-singing over it, then I take time to think about what I want to say within the song and what I want it to be about and work the structure from there.

 

If I’m co-writing, I like starting with a beat or a motif and collaborating with others in sections – it’s fun!

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.

I love Chan Chan by the Buena Vista Social Club, it’s a nostalgic song for me and I love the instrumentation and movement. It reminds me of growing up and lazy Sundays with my family.

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Elaborate on the song.

‘Girl’ pairs the music of my Irish/Egyptian heritage and electronica alongside an important empowering message.

 

The song is inspired by the #MeToo movement but deals in the personal as much as the political.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

My artist’s name is the name I was born with, actually! My parents named me Shaefri, which means ‘water nymph’ in Gaelic and is a nod to where my granddad was from in County Mayo, near the Sheeffry Hills.

 

‘Girl’ comes from the lyrics of the chorus of the song.

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Share your press release and review with us.

Shaefri has released her brand new single ‘Girl’. The song introduces a bold expansion on her acclaimed alt-pop, pairing the music of her unique Irish/Egyptian heritage and electronica with hypnotic vocals, alongside an important empowering message.

 

The song is inspired by the #MeToo movement but deals in the personal as much as the political. Produced with Traxx, it is built on a twitchy tabla beat while also planting one foot on the dancefloor.

 

Regarding the single Shaefri says, “It’s been happening for a long time; I don’t know one woman, of any age, who hasn’t been harassed; just thinking about the scale of the problem is almost too much to take in.  Traxx came in with this fantastic tabla beat and I started singing over it, #MeToo was taking off and I was angry at the people responsible for the pain, upset for the victims and desperate for something to be done to change the situation.

 

“With ‘Girl’, we both knew straight away that we’d found something special. It had all the sonic elements I’d wanted, but it sounded natural. Plus, it was a song that had something to say.”

 

‘Girl’ is the first taste of new music from Shaefri since the release of her critically praised debut EP Cracks in 2017.

 

The EP explored the dark side of love and was described as “divine” and “a breath of fresh air” by the likes of Clash, DIY and Hot Press and had several of its songs, notably lead single ‘Pixelate’, played on Amazing Radio, Radio X and RTE. Where Cracks was intimate, raw and atmospheric, its lyrics delivered as though revealing secrets, ‘Girl’ is brightly textured and addictively melodic, favouring more straightforward storytelling, brisker beats, and real instruments.

 

In short, it’s the sound of Shaefri growing up. Shaefri’s new music finds her now comfortable in her own identity, thriving from a period of transition, coming armed with a fresh new sound and vision in 2020…

 


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