Divine is thrilled to welcome the lovely Brit Daniels to the magazine. Brit recently released her new single, ‘Eulogy’, the story of finally getting over an ex.
We’re sure a lot of you out there can relate to that. She’s an up and coming influence on the music scene and we’re certain that we’ll all be seeing a lot of her in the months to come.
Welcome, Brit, it’s lovely to have you with us and we’re going to put you on the spot a bit and ask you some silly but revealing questions we hope you’ll answer… then we’ll get down to the serious stuff.
Soooo…here we go.
Do you stick to conventional fashions or like to try and be original?
I love fashion so much, and I always try to stay in touch with what’s “in” at the moment. However, I never follow the conventional norm. I love putting my own spin on different fashions. Edgy and unique pieces are my weakness, and whenever I find hidden gem statement pieces, I have to have them. I also love unique shoes. Fashion is definitely another outlet to express myself, so I try to make sure I’m doing that whenever I decide what I’m going to wear for anything!
If you met a Genie who offered you three wishes, what would you wish for? (and you can’t wish for more wishes lol)
Haha, dang it! Just kidding. This is actually a really hard one. I’d wish for a jet with all of the jet fuel I’d ever need so that I can travel and explore the world and experience every culture. I’d wish for a quaint house in the Hollywood Hills (dream home location), but big enough that I could bring my family along with me. I’d wish to collaborate with the Chainsmokers – everything they do is an immediate hit, so that would be cool.
Would you rather be the belle in a movie who gets the hunky hero or the villainess with all the good lines?
I’m definitely not the type of girl who ever wants to be the villainess – as I’ve never been the “mean girl” type, so I’d probably choose Belle! I mean, I’m a very independent person, so I’d never choose a part based solely on a guy, but come on… Who doesn’t want a hunky hero?! Am I right?
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Mine would probably say WARNING: WILL TALK TO YOU IF YOU MAKE EYE CONTACT. I LOVE meeting new people, so whenever people make eye contact with me, I tend to strike up a conversation. I’m super outgoing and bubbly, so if you don’t want to make a new friend, you should probably not look directly at me. I’m also that girl on airplanes, who makes friends with people in my row that everyone hates. There’s just something so special about learning about people and their walks of life, and I love it. I’m able to connect with people on a greater scale because of my experiences with specific types of people.
Have you ever eaten a whole box of chocolates by yourself?
Heck yeah, I have! I’ve been single on Valentine’s day every year (not really sad about it – more chocolate for me), but I still indulge in some commercial holiday candy. I have no shame. 🙂
If a loved one was to serenade you, what song would you most like them to sing?
Oh my gosh. So many great songs just swarmed my mind at once. I’d probably have to say “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. That song always gives me all the feels.
Cool, thanks for answering those sneaky questions…now for the nitty gritty of the interview.
Like writers, musicians tend to bring their own experiences and past into their stories or songs. Is this true for you and if so, has there been any significant influences that have affected your musical creations?
Oh, this is 100% true for me. It’s experiencing that help you relate to stories and that teach you how to emote in different circumstances in general. I lost my dad 7 years ago, and it wasn’t until then that I really even was able to write a decent song. Going through something so heart-wrenching gave me the ability to show emotions that I didn’t even really know existed inside of me. Music gave me a way to express myself in an entirely different way after that. Every experience, happy or sad, helps me to create. Also, drawing from those experiences is what helps me connect to music & the crowd during a performance. I think back to how I felt during past break ups if I’m performing a breakup song, past moments of feelings of happiness and freedom if I’m performing a song in that vein, etc.
Your music has been described as a mixture of energetic pop threaded with vibrant rock and with beats of dark vibes. Does this description fit with how YOU see your music? Would you like to expand on your style a little for us?
I think this totally fits how I would describe my music right now. My music will always evolve as I evolve as a person throughout life & through experiences, but for right now, this is very much the description in which my sound fits. My single encompasses elements of pop, rock and EDM, and it has this unique, dark sound to it, which I love! Even though it has a darker vibe to it, it’s still very energetic and upbeat! My stuff at the moment kind of has a heavier feel to it, but that also comes along with the creative writing and topics within the song.
Divine was thrilled to see this statement on your site, as they feel it encompasses their own beliefs. The magazine is affiliated with a local London charity www.beingbecampagin.com, and your words echo the same wisdom– “You start doing so much to fit in and be popular that suddenly standing out becomes the challenge. Don’t be afraid to be yourself, trust in what you love and focus on that.”How much of this ‘fitting in with the norms’ have you found you’ve been expected to do and how have you worked past it?
Honestly, nowadays, I don’t even think twice about fitting in with the norms. I like being unique, and I’ve learned to embrace the things that make me different. I feel like I’m in an industry where people embrace each other’s differences all around, and I’m SO thankful for that. However, I didn’t always feel so comfortable in my own skin…When I was in grade school, I tried SO hard to fit in. I wanted to wear all the “cool” things that everyone else was wearing, be in all the “cool” clubs/organizations, and I wanted to be friends with all of the “cool” kids. I went to a really tiny school, so everyone knew everyone, so being “known” wasn’t the problem. It was what you were known and remembered for. I’ve learned so much about myself over the past few years after being out of that environment, and I have grown so much as a person. My biggest advice for people who are learning to love themselves more is that it’s okay to be selfish sometimes. Not like in an overly annoying way, but it’s okay to think about you, do what you want to do, spend time with yourself, do what you love, think about how situations will affect your life specifically, etc. I mean really get to know yourself. Compassion is very important in this world too, so I’m not saying don’t think about other people ever, but you can’t love other people correctly and unconditionally until you love yourself unconditionally.
According to your bio, you’ve always had a passion for singing and honed your craft after completing a degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas and an internship in radio, then took a journey to Nashville to begin working at a major label and management company. What advice can you give to others like you anxious to make a career out of doing something they love, no matter what it is?
So I did go to college, and I received a degree in an area that is very relevant to my career choice as an artist. I learned a lot of things in school and through my internships that a lot of artists probably don’t know much about, so I would recommend that route for anyone who thinks that’s a good route for them. However, my journey will always look different from the next person’s. So, the best piece of advice that I can give anyone looking to make a career out of doing what they love is to always keep moving forward. Even if it’s by doing the smallest thing every day to keep moving forward, just do whatever you can. Also, never look back too long – only long enough to see how far you come.
Tell us about ‘Eulogy,’ how the whole song came about.
Eulogy is none other than an empowering breakup anthem! I like to describe it as power pop to some people because it really does have that mix of Pop, Rock and EDM encompassed in the track and style. I love this song because it really talks about knowing your worth in a relationship and knowing it’s okay to let people go when they don’t appreciate you. The way this song is written is so unique and cool because it’s pretty much centered around your last words to the person who didn’t value you. What’s funny is I didn’t actually write this song, to begin with. I went into a co-write here in Nashville with my friend Phil, and he was like “You have to hear this song I wrote with some friends the other day because it’s so your style.” So he played it for me, and I instantly fell in love with it because it was SO relatable to some of my past relationships. So, he gave me the okay to cut it. It wasn’t until I was in the studio out in LA that Phil and I went back & forth over the phone and through email and actually co-wrote a rewrite of some of the lyrics to make them better fit the direction we were going with the song, as well as tailor it a little more to me. This song was so relatable to what I’ve been through in the past, though, so it was easy to come up with ideas when we started changing things during the rewrite. I’ve been single for quite some time as I’ve been solely focusing on my music for a while, but when I was focusing a little more on the dating realm, I felt like every guy that I would date or “talk” to would be wonderful enough to lure me in, and then they’d start playing games. It’s through these experiences that I really learned my worth and to stand up for myself especially when it comes to relationships, so this song fits me to a T.
What’s next on the cards for you – what can we expect in the near future?
Next up in my world – well, I JUST released a full-length cover to one of my current favorite songs so that you can check that out over on my Youtube! I’ll be continuing to work on new music with a few different, really awesome people. I’m headed back out to LA in April where I’ll be working on some fun things, attending a music conference for creators, and I have some meetings with some awesome people. I plan on releasing more cover videos regularly, as I’ve been doing for the past few months. I’m also planning on releasing a couple more singles this year, but I don’t have all the details set in stone yet. I’m one of those people who is constantly moving forward and working on new things, so more new, fun things could completely appear out of thin air as time goes on…that seems to be how things always happen, haha! I do post a lot of updates on my social media pages as things unfold, so make sure you guys follow me on all the things to stay up to date with everything Brit Daniels Music!
We’d like to say a BIG thank you for Brit for taking time out to conduct the interview with us. We hope that her career goes from strength to strength and she continues to make music just the way she likes it.
Where can you find Brit