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Exclusive Interview With Fast Rising Star (Darla Jade)

Today we had an exclusive chance to interview Darla Jade.

Hello Darla Jade, Thanks for Coming To Honk Magazine To Talk About Your Music Career.

Let’s start off by introducing yourself, you know the basics like name, age, where you’re from. As much or little as you’re comfortable sharing.

Sure! Hi, I’m Darla Jade, I’m an electropop artist from Stoke On Trent in the UK. I’ve been writing my own music now for about 4 years, I started when I was 19 and I’m 23 now.

Talk me through your creative process:

So my creative process can differ a lot, sometimes I have a specific lyrical concept or idea that I want to talk about in the song, or I sometimes start with melody first and then lyric after, so it’s pretty varied.

How do you solve productivity/scheduling problems and reduce overwhelming situations?

I tend to write A LOT of To Do lists haha and my calendar is literally my best friend at this point. I sometimes book things quite ahead of time, which can get overwhelming, but to be honest, I just live day by day and try not to stress about things that are too far into the future, as that makes everything much more manageable for me.

 What’s the best advice you ever received concerning music?

The best advice is a common one, but genuinely the most important in my opinion, and it is to always follow your intuition and gut because if something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t.

 What is still your biggest challenge?

Imposter syndrome is something I massively struggle with and for some reason I just can’t shake it off. I actually have a song about it that’s coming out in October – but yeah it’s that feeling of success being a fluke when in actual sense it was just hard work and determination. 

What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know now?

I wished I hadn’t rushed anything! When I first started making music I thought to create songs I needed to be able to play an instrument. So I picked up the ukulele and started writing, all of my music basically sounded a bit indie folk and I put it out and then I discovered pop producers and then I actually realised that this was the sound I wanted to make. So yeah if I could go back, I’d definitely tell my younger self to work with lots of different producers and find the sound you actually want to make.

If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

Ahh such a tough question! I think it would have to be Sigrid, I feel like she is so talented and such a big inspiration!

What are you focusing your time on now?

Right now I’m getting ready to release my sophomore ep ‘Only The Paranoid Survive,’ which is coming out on all platforms on the 14th October! It’s a six track ep and I’m just so so excited to share it! Other than getting ready for that, I’m writing new music for next year and also playing quite a few shows, which is really cool! I have a few London shows coming up and my next one is on the 28th September at Roadtrip & The Workshop.

How do you currently feel about the state of electropop in general?

I think electropop is still very much in at the moment, but I do feel like there is a slight shift now to a more punk rockier sound. Although, I think the new 80’s electro pop style will just keep going strong though, because it’s got such a nostalgic feel good vibe to it! I think the ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack has also really helped electropop stay relevant too, which is great!

What keeps you going when things get tough in the music industry?

I guess the music is what keeps me going. I really don’t think I can see myself not making music at this point. Sometimes I have a hard time processing or talking about my feelings, so making music is an outlet for me. I also think it’s really good to talk to other creatives, because they are going through the exact same struggles, so that definitely makes the tough times in the industry a lot easier knowing you’re not alone.

How can our readers follow you online?

I am on all of the main social media platforms! Here are my handles:

Instagram – @itsdarlajade

Facebook – @itsdarlajade

Twitter – @its_darlajade

TikTok – @itsdarlajade

Spotify, Soundcloud and Youtube – Just type in Darla Jade and I should come up.

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M. Aundre drops his debut single “Altered State”!

M. Aundre

California-based artist M. Aundre has just released his debut single “Altered State”, and it is already gaining traction in the hip-hop scene. The young artist, known for his thought-provoking topics and fresh perspective, brings a refreshing take to the genre.

In “Altered State”, M. Aundre openly admits to living in a daze, embracing his flaws, and encourages others to do the same. He reminds us that imperfection is what makes us unique and urges us to embrace who we are. The track’s raw authenticity is refreshing, and it is a testament to the artist’s honesty and dedication to his craft.

M. Aundre’s “Altered State” is more than just a song. It is a message to the world to accept ourselves, our flaws, and all. The track is available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify, and Apple Music.

The young artist is actively seeking blog, magazine, and social media music coverage to spread the word about his music and message. Stay tuned for more from M. Aundre as he continues to make his mark in the music industry.

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Foster the Prankster Releases New Song “Tie-Dye Skies”

Foster the Prankster

Foster the Prankster’s new single “Tie-Dye Skies” celebrates the American road trip experience and encourages young Black Americans to explore the beauty of our country. The alternative hip-hop artist draws from his own experiences to create an uplifting anthem that inspires listeners to seize opportunities for growth and empowerment.

With a catchy beat and infectious chorus, “Tie-Dye Skies” is a feel-good song that transports listeners on a journey through America’s winding roads and endless possibilities. Foster the Prankster’s distinctive voice and unique style make this track an instant classic.

“Growing up, I didn’t have many opportunities to explore beyond my immediate surroundings,” says Foster the Prankster. “But when I hit the road for the first time. I was blown away by the beauty and diversity of this country. I want other young Black Americans to experience that sense of wonder and possibility for themselves.”

“Tie-Dye Skies” is more than just a song; it’s a call to action. Foster the Prankster wants his fans to embrace their wanderlust and explore new horizons. Whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a weekend getaway, he believes that travel is essential for personal growth and empowerment.

“Music has the power to inspire and uplift, and I hope ‘Tie-Dye Skies’ does just that,” says Foster the Prankster. “I want young Black Americans to know that the world is theirs for the taking. Let’s hit the road and see where it takes us!”

“Tie-Dye Skies” is available now on all major streaming platforms. Don’t miss out on this uplifting anthem from one of alternative hip-hop’s rising stars.

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