Rising singer-songwriter Darla Jade talks good days & bad days, musical highlights, career advice and her latest emotive release ‘Ghost In Me’

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

I have always been into music even though my family aren’t really musical at all! I did a lot of musical theatre when I was younger and then I started gigging at the age of 15! When I got to around 18/19 I came to a point where i wanted to start writing and performing my own material, so that’s when I started that!

What differs you and your sound from other up and coming artists in the music industry?

My genre is quite hard to pinpoint but I would say it’s definitely in the realm of electropop/altpop with hints of scandipop too! I am influenced by lots of different artists that are also in different genres from each other so I think that’s why! For example I am a big fan of Sigrid, Sam Fender, PVRIS, Melanie Martinez, Nothing But Thieves, Aurora etc. My music has a lot of light and shade to it too, which I would say is quite different!

Your latest release ‘Ghost In Me’ is out now. Can you please describe the creative process and explain the meaning behind the track?

Of course! I wrote this track last February, so quite a while ago now. I wrote it with Simon Pereira, Rhys Fletcher and Lucan Mills – I had brought the idea of Ghost In Me and a few lyrics that I wanted to include, then we pieced it all together! I had so much fun writing it and the song is all about the bitterness after losing someone and how this then taints the good memories!

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

I usually just tell myself that this is the process of what has to happen! You can’t understand and be grateful for good moments if you’ve never experienced the low parts! I find comfort knowing this and it gets me through!

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you wrote? What makes you say that one?

I would say I have 2 that are on the same level for me! Both the ballads I’ve released this year are personal to myself – ‘Overcrowded’ is all about OCD. I have experienced how the effects of OCD are and also some people very close to me have too so writing this was really personal! Then one of my recent releases ‘Forget You Not’ is another one personal to me as it is all about Dementia. My nan inspired this one as she has early stages of

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I think one of these moments was actually quite recently! I performed at The Underground early October and we managed to sell the show out and I also found out that a couple of the people that came had travelled over 100 miles to come and see me play! I definitely consider this to be one my wow moments!

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

As cliche as it sounds music is one of those careers you just have to keep going with and keep pushing even if it gets difficult! Also another important thing is staying true to yourself and your instincts, basically keep working on things that give you the most joy!

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

I am really hoping me and my band can play some shows next year, as I have released a lot of material this year so it would be so awesome to play it all live! I am also planning on releasing lots more music next year too!

Did you learn any new skills during lockdown?

I actually learnt a lot more about advertising in lockdown which was fun as I now know more on what I need to do to promote my music more effectively!

‘Ghost In Me’ is available now via all major platforms.

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