Who TF is Darla Jade?

We found out some more about the woman behind the music following the release of debut Darla Jade EP Disconnect

Eclectic and exciting emerging UK artist Darla Jade has been rapidly winning over hearts and minds over the past few years with her uniquely colourful take on immersive electronic pop.

Her new release, debut EP Disconnect is the most realised and telling example of the artist’s talents to date, packed full of the unique charm and boundless creativity that the artist possesses in abundance. Tracks such as ‘Slow Motion’, ‘Problems’ and the titular ‘Disconnect’ have instantly become staples of Darla’s sound and the artist seems to be headed onto an upward trajectory with no signs of slowing. We caught up with Darla Jade following such a landmark moment for the artist so that we, and you can find out some more about one of the UKs premiere emerging talents.

Who TF is Darla Jade?

An electropop artist from Stoke On Trent, who loves the colour purple and has a lot of light and shade to her music!

How long have you been making music?

I have been writing my own music for about 3 years now! I’m certainly not one of these child prodigy’s that started writing at like 10 or younger haha! I started writing pretty late really compared to a lot of other artists, but I’m a big believer in that you find your way to what you are meant to do! I knew I wanted to be a performer though since I was 3 and have gigged all around the country from the age of 15 – it was just the making my own music that came a little later for me!

Why do you make music?

The feeling you get after making something is just unbeatable! It’s addictive and it’s a way to get the thoughts in my head into something creative which is so cool! I know this is cliche but I genuinely don’t think there is anything else I would be good at and I also love how versatile the music industry is. Every day is a new day to create something else! 

What are your biggest influences?

I absolutely love artists like PVRIS, Sigrid, Lennon Stella and Julia Michaels on the soundscape side of things, but from a lyrical point of view, I predominantly write from experience or I sometimes use other peoples experiences and I try to put myself in their shoes.

What would you say has been your best moment so far?

Oh there has been a few over the last couple of weeks, but I would have to say getting a feature on Billboard – It was a real pinch me moment and I still really can’t believe that that happened!

How would you describe your sound to somebody unfamiliar with it?

It’s left pop. Hooky choruses but lyrically there is a lot of light and dark – I really love texture to my tracks so there is usually a lot of stacked harmonies, adlibs and other production quirks! 

What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?

I would definitely say getting to play Glastonbury – certainly a big goal of mine! Gotta aim high! 

We love your debut EP Disconnect, could you tell us some more about it?

Thank you so much! I’m really glad you like it! So you know how I say I like light and shade? – Well for this EP the first 3 tracks are the lighter tracks and the latter 3 are the darker tracks, where I talk about pressures of society (Pretty), grief (Ghost In Me) and self sabotage (Drag Me Down). Disconnect felt like the perfect title, as it’s splitting the two sides! It’s my debut EP and it really feels like it’s been a long time coming, but the support so far has been incredible!

What was the process like putting it together?

Oh it’s been amazing – some of the songs like Disconnect I have been sitting on for quite a while, just waiting for the right time to release I guess, as I knew I wanted that track to be part of something bigger! Making this debut EP has been so rewarding too, as I’m doing this completely independently, I don’t have a label, publisher or manager, so it’s really given me a confidence boost knowing I can do it all myself! I worked on the tracks with some great producers and other songwriters too, and it was just so so inspiring to be around other like minded creatives!

And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?

Oh it will always always be my mum without a doubt haha!