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INTERVIEW: Brit Daniels

infectious magazine brit danielsPop singer-songwriter, Brit Daniels, walked into a co-write in Nashville one day with her friend to shell out a song she had been working on for a while.

They took a short break while her friend played one of his original songs, claiming it fit her style.

Daniels instantly fell in love. It was as if the song was written just for her.

With his permission, and a little editing to make sure it fit her sound, she went to the studio to record. The final track, which is titled “Eulogy,” is not just a break-up song. It is a eulogy to a toxic relationship. It marks the moment in time where Daniels realized her worth and learned to stand up for herself.

We got the chance to talk to the pop singer-songwriter about the new song, her big move to music city, what qualities artists should look for when approaching videographers, and more. Check out our interview below.

Infectious Magazine: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. How are you and what have you been up to lately?
Brit Daniels: Of course! Thank you so much for wanting to chat with me! I’m doing extremely well! I’ve been super busy working on some new music lately and getting ready for another LA trip!

IM: How has the response been for your new single “Eulogy”?
BD: The response for Eulogy has been so great! I have received so much love and support, and that has really meant so much to me! From what I’ve been told, it seems like people are really getting what I hoped out of Eulogy, which I couldn’t be more happy about.

IM: You co-wrote the song. What is the process like for co-writing?
BD: What’s funny is I didn’t actually co-write this song to begin with. One day I went into a random co-write here in Nashville with my friend to write this idea that I had had for a while. We were co-writing a totally different song, 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 we took a break from writing the song we were writing, and he played it for me. I instantly fell in love with it because it was SO relatable to some of my past relationships, and I loved how sassy and forward it was – it totally fits my personality. So, he gave me the okay to cut it. It wasn’t until I was in the studio out in LA that he and I went back and 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 my producer and I were wanting to go with the song, as well as tailor it a little more to me personally. This song was so relatable to what I’ve been through in my past relationships though, so it was easy to come up with ideas when we started changing things during the rewrite. It was actually a really quick process. I’ve been single for quite some time as I’ve been really focusing on my music for awhile. However, when I was extremely open to 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.

IM: You have a very strong southern sound. How has growing up in the south influenced your music?
BD: I honestly don’t think growing up in the south has really directly influenced my musical style. However, it has 100% influenced who I am as a person and my morals and values, which also plays into how I write and carry myself as an artist.

IM: As a Texas native, I was excited to see you’re from the area as well. What are some of the biggest misconceptions people have of Texas music in general?
BD: Ah, YES! I love meeting fellow Texans! I think people automatically assume that because I’m from Texas, I HAVE to do country music, but I don’t at all. I think people forget about Austin and all of the different styles of music that come out of that area (as well as other areas around Texas). There are so many great people, of all genres, who have come out of Texas, so there’s definitely a lot of diversity in the music scene there!

IM: You sang “God Bless America” at a Texas Ranger’s baseball game as well as the national anthem at several other sports games. Aside from the huge crowd, how are those experiences different than, say, playing a show?
BD: They’re pretty different. There’s a lot more rules and regulations as far as where you can be and even sometimes what you can wear when performing at a game. I remember when I sang at the Texas Ranger’s game, they told me not to move at all since it was televised. Anyone who’s ever seen me perform would know this was extremely difficult for me because I love to move around. I’d say the only other thing that’s really different is if you’re singing a patriotic song…everyone knows all of the words & they’re such meaningful songs to everyone in our country. So, I feel like that can add a little more pressure than performing at your own show- there’s a lot more weightiness.

IM: You recently made the move to Nashville. What advice do you have for artists who want to move to music city?
BD: The main piece of advice I’d give to anyone moving to music city is to just put yourself out there. Go to shows. Don’t be afraid to talk to everyone and anyone. Be yourself, and whatever you do, try to do something every day to move you forward in your career. It could be the smallest thing, but as long as you’re doing something.

IM: In a previous interview, you said that “having a strong visual to go along with a song is so powerful.” What are some powerful visuals you’ve seen and what made them stick out to you?
BD: Honestly, my favorite visual for a song would have to be from “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood. I LOVE that music video so much, and I think it’s such a beautiful depiction of the song. The dancers in the water were such a cool element, and it is such strong imagery for the meaning behind the song.

IM: You’ve talked about how Ford Fairchild and Christina have great insight when it comes to video work. What qualities should musicians look for when approaching videographers and creatives in the industry?
BD: The most important thing, first and foremost, would be to work with someone who understands your vision, not only for your specific project but for who you are as an artist. That is so, incredibly important – I can not stress that enough. There are so many great videographers and creatives in this industry, but not every one of them is going to understand your vision & what you’re looking to achieve, so I would make sure that is the first thing you figure out. Also, you always want to work with people who believe in you & love what you’re doing because they’re going to be more passionate about the project if they are. Ford and Christina LOVED Eulogy when they heard it, and they totally got where I wanted it to go for the video, so it was a no-brainer to work with them!

IM: Infectious Magazine has a feature where our staff each put together their own “Growing Up Playlist.” If you were to create your own playlist of songs or artists you grew up listening to, what would be on it?
BD: Ah I LOVE THIS! My playlist would 100% have every single NSYNC, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera song on it. It would also include, Otown, 98 degrees, JoJo, Kelly Clarkson, LFO, Aaron Carter and so many others that I can’t think of off the top of my head right now.

IM: Do you have any last words for our readers at Infectious Magazine?
BD: I would LOVE it if you guys would follow me over on all of my social pages! I update them regularly with everything I’m doing, and it really is the best way to know when I’m releasing new things, when I’m playing shows, what I’m working on, etc. It really is the best way to keep in touch with me, and I love interacting with people, so come say hi!

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