September 28, 2015 | D&LRising London born singer, Delaire, has already made quite the impact on the UK music scene and whilst she continues to engage her audiences at live gigs, we wanted to learn a bit more about the young lady behind the music.
With comparisons to Jessie Ware, sold out previous headline shows and being referred to as ‘a beautiful new light on the Capital’s face of pop’, here is what Delaire had to say about her life as a music artist, musical inspirations, home life as a young child and her goals for the end of 2015.
L’ART: Your debut single is ‘Belief’. Tell us a bit about the story behind that single.
Delaire: All my music is written by me and based on my experiences and my life. ‘Belief’ is actually about my boyfriend. The struggles you can have in love and about the tough times, but pushing through them. I wrote it in a moment of struggle and it was about making things work.
L’ART: What made you choose that particular song as your debut?
Delaire: It represents me as the artist I want to be and the way I want to go with my music. It was a personal choice.
L’ART: You recently played at The Finsbury, London, how did that go for you?
Delaire: It went well. I’m not really experienced playing live so the gigs are all incredible learning experiences. I’m getting used to finding my feet and I love playing with my band, they’re so incredible.
L’ART: Speaking of your band, how did you meet them?
Delaire: My keyboard player [who Delaire met at school], he musically directs the band. I always knew that when I got to the live stage he was the person I wanted to work with and the drummer is a friend of his. It all really works well.
L’ART: Where else can fans watch you perform?
Delaire: I’m supporting a really cool girl, Basheba, at the garage in Islington on November 12th. Then November 16th I’m back in Finsbury doing another headline show there and there will be more to come.
L’ART: Reviews have said that you deliver songs way beyond your years. Why do you think that is?
Delaire: I love hearing that. I listen to a lot of old school music written by older people. Joni Mitchell is one of my favourites. She’s just so personal and I think it takes a bit of age to really let your music get that far and let people in that much. I probably can’t take credit for it. It’s from the people I listen to who have taught me how to do that.
L’ART: Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get into singing and performing?
Delaire: My Dad is really musical. He taught me a lot about music and listened to a lot of jazz and soul. I went to school listening to Jazz FM every morning and I knew from a young age that there was something in me that really connected to that. At 13 I knew I wanted to go to a school where they did music, drama and dance. From then I’ve always done performing arts, started writing songs in sixth form and realised it’s a really great way to get everything out.
L’ART: You also write your own songs. Where do you draw inspiration from?
Delaire: Things that have either happened to me or if my life is really boring at the time I’m trying to write music, I look at my friends and their lives and write things from my perspective.
Also from people I listen to. I listen to a song and without even realising I’m influenced by the bass line or something in that song. I love doing that. It’s like writing therapy when I write music, letting people in a lot.
L’ART: What kind of artists do you look up to in terms of a successful music career?
Delaire: I am a pop artist so I do look at the huge megastars who I admire; Sam Smith is incredible, he’s done something really great in the music industry; Jessie Ware who I think is really cool. People who write amazing music and are given credit for it in the right way is who I look up to. People who are doing this because they love it rather than people who think it’s good for fame.
L’ART: Who are your favourite artists to listen to at the moment?
Delaire: I love FKA Twigs. Her new video is so inspiring. I just downloaded Oh Wonder’s new album, it’s really beautiful. I love Joni Mitchell and Madonna’s early stuff and the Spotify discover weekly playlists!
L’ART: When not singing, what do you enjoy doing?
Delaire: I’m a London girl, I love going out with my friends, enjoying live music and just doing normal things that 20-year-old girl’s do. I love going to as many live gigs as I can, it’s great to see what everyone else is up to.
L’ART: What do you wish to achieve in your career by the end of this year?
Delaire: I hope to feel really comfortable on stage and be able to portray the songs the way that they are on the recordings, that’s really important as an artist. I’m looking forward to getting more gigs under my belt and feel at one on stage.
I hope that ‘Belief’ carries on doing as well as it has done so far and for people to start hearing it and enjoy it. That’s why I do what I do.
Look out for Delaire’s official release of ‘Belief’ on November 20th.
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