RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW CANADIAN ARTIST DARRIAN GERARD
Hi Darrian, thanks for joining us today. What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
I’ve always loved music, ever since I can remember. I heard Avril Lavigne at a young age and immediately fell in love with each song and how they were written and created and I knew that I wanted to also do the same.
Introduce us to you and your musical history.
I am the sole musician, writer, singer, and producer of my music! I started playing guitar at 7 years old, then quickly started songwriting. I then learned how to play piano, bass, and drums.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
It’s a constant struggle to be completely honest, lots of ups and downs. You think you know the algorithm for something, or exactly how to market your song, but then something changes and you’re back to square one. I always try to keep myself updated with the ever-changing music industry, but sometimes things happen out of luck!
How have your songwriting skills developed over time?
I started songwriting at a very young age, writing about the inconveniences, heartbreaks, loss, and happy times in my life. My songwriting style hasn’t changed too much as to how I write a song (the good old acoustic guitar and a pen), but I definitely utilize imagery more in my writing to help tell me a side of the story.
As you develop as an artist and develop using socials what ways do you get new ears on your music? Any tips?
Reach out to people! The worst thing they can say is no. Continuing posting on your socials whether you get 10 likes or 10 thousand likes. You are your biggest advocate and the only one who will “break” you as an artist. Just keep going!!
Tell us Two truths and a lie about you.
I’m a highland dancer, I played soccer, and my favourite food is pizza ☺
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
I started collecting vinyl records. That is a slippery slope if I do say so myself haha
What makes you stand out as an artist?
I like to think I stand out by being unapologetically myself. I find it difficult to do some days, but when you keep true to yourself and your values and stop caring what people think, you begin to find more out about yourself, which people will definitely see.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
Yes!! I have a brand new single coming out November 25th called “Powerless”. It’s honestly one of my favorite tunes that I’ve created so far. I am extremely guilty of blasting it in my car.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
I usually always write songs from my own experiences, but Powerless was written from the perspective of a girl who lives on the streets, has no home, and no place to go. When writing the song, I placed myself in someone else’s shoes but also incorporated my own feelings into the process as well.
What was the recording process like?
One night I couldn’t sleep, so I grabbed my laptop and started creating a beat with a synth and a kick sound. I then opened it back up in the morning and couldn’t get the word “Powerless” out of my head. It took what felt like minutes to have the entire song written and produced, but it was probably a couple of hours haha. I usually ALWAYS write the song before I head into producing but this song was completely backward.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
Don’t force it! If the song isn’t coming along, or the lyrics aren’t making sense, take a break! Leave it for the day, sleep on it, or start writing a different song. All of my best pieces of work come from songs I’ve started and finished in the same session. Those songs are the most raw, and your listeners will definitely be able to hear that.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Definitely not! I love every inch of this song, it feels so perfect to me.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
You get one life to do what you love, what makes you happy, and what makes you uniquely you. Don’t let people tell you otherwise.