Darla Jade - Frenemy

Darla Jade – Frenemy

 

ARTIST NAME: Darla Jade

 

SONG TITLE: Frenemy

 

 RELEASE DATE: 10.4.2020

 

 GENRE: Scandipop/Electro-pop

 

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“Darla Jade is someone who I’ll be keeping in my headphones for a while longer.”

– Reyt Good Magazine

 

Up and coming artist Darla Jade had a very successful 2019, where she released her debut single ‘This Time,’ wrote an album worth of material in Thailand, secured shows all over the country including performances at Ronnie Scott’s and The Bedford Lounge, and toured around Germany with The Dark Tenor.

 

In 2020 Darla is upping the pace and kicked the year off with a very honest song.

 

The singer-songwriter is one to talk about personal situations in her well-crafted lyrics and Overcrowded is no exception! It was said that the song felt like ‘a private diary entry’ (Slapmag Magazine) and this is exactly what Darla wanted to achieve when writing this as she said in a recent interview, “This is the most truthful song I’ve released to date – myself and many people I am close; to have experienced mental health in some form, and this song talks about how I felt personally when I was going through it.

 

Although this captivating artist has a scandipop feel to her songs with ethereal sounding vocals, catchy melodies and an underlying electronic feel to her productions, the singer is in fact based in The Midlands, UK. The young artist is carving her own path and one to look out for!

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

I originally started writing Frenemy a couple of years ago in my bedroom with my ukulele and then a few months later, I went to a songwriting retreat in Thailand at Karma Sound Studios.

 

I worked on the track further with Rhys Fletcher and Ruth Kelly. We then came back to the track in the summer of 2019 and Mark Smith helped us to take it to the next level! This track has forged its own journey!

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

I don’t do music with the intention of getting famous at all! I do it because I love being creative and it’s so rewarding to get to release a track that you’ve been part of! Then it’s a bonus when other people start to relate to your art!

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Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.

I have gotten a lot of great feedback on Frenemy – everyone seems to really like it which is awesome!

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Explain how to deal with fear on stage.

I usually get nervous before gigs and maybe for the first couple of minutes of the performance and I think this is just because I really care about doing a good job!

 

However, I absolutely love being on stage performing. I think if you struggle with stage fright, then maybe it would be good to take things step by step, and start with open mic nights etc. At these nights there are lots of other people performing too, so it takes the pressure off a little!

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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 don’t necessarily think the quality as changed as such, as I believe that there are some huge songs from the ’80s and ’90s that fit with today’s quality!

 

I think it’s more the style that has changed, as things have become more advanced with technology.

 

Years ago, if you wanted a string section in your music, you would need to hire musicians who can play strings, whereas now you can use software for this.

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

My music has taken me to some incredible places such as Thailand, Germany and Spain, which is incredible as all these experiences have helped shape me into the artist I am today!

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

For this song, the lyrics just poured out of me really – I remember feeling quite emotional and angry after a build-up of different experiences of feeling let down and hurt by people, I considered friends.

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Tell us your best means of expressing yourself.

I love to express myself – I think that’s why I do music because sometimes I’m not too good at speaking what I’m feeling, so writing it into songs is an outlet to get everything out!

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

I personally think it’s fine if you have the attitude that some people may disagree with you!

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

I mean this is a dream of every artist! I think you just need to keep working, writing, and progressing!

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

Michael Jackson – I have always been a fan of his music and I really believe his music is timeless and way before his time! His stage presence was also in another league!

 

Julia Michaels – Julia Michaels is such an incredible songwriter and artist. The way she writes is almost conversational and I think therefore her work is so relatable for everyone!

 

Celine Dion – Another favourite of mine – Her voice and the way she conveys emotion is something that’s indescribable. I went to see her live a few years ago and I don’t cry at concerts at all ha-ha, but I literally cried all the way through one of her songs!

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Tell us your viewpoint on discriminating.

Discriminating is never okay! Don’t do it! Ever!

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Tell us your favourite books and state your reason.

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – This book is incredible if you like horror! When I read it, I genuinely couldn’t put it down!

 

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo – This is an absolute classic!

 

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon – I really love this book as it has quite a shocking ending!

 

Cut To The Bone – Alex Caan – This one is a thriller and keeps you guessing the whole way through! It’s also pretty fast-paced so you are never left feeling like the story isn’t going anywhere!

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Tell us what triggers your creativity.

I get inspiration from many things! I am always taking notes of words that interest me!

 

Also, if I hear a cool phrase, I will write it down, and then sometimes these ideas overlap and create a theme and then that’s where the song unravels really!

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Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition. Just like lyric ideas, I also come up with melody ideas randomly, so I must sing them into a recording on my phone as sometimes they come to me when I’m on a train or at a gig.

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Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.

My favourite song of all time is – The Earth Song by Michael Jackson because it’s a timeless track and on a topic that is important right now!

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Tell us how you compose your song.

Frenemy was originally written on a ukulele in my bedroom and it was there I composed melody ideas. Then when I went to Thailand myself, Rhys Fletcher and Ruth Kelly wrote a stronger chorus and added so many more elements to the song!

 

It then was further developed in 2019 with Mark Smith where it was taken to the next level!

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Elaborate on the song.

The song is all about friendships that have turned sour and calling out the fake friends that you sometimes find lurking in your inner circle!

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

My name came from my mum and dad’s names mixed together! I don’t have an album coming out yet! I am just sticking with singles for now!

 

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