Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Murder Chain”?
The Murder Chain is the first single release from my album ‘Love Sick’. This song is one of my favorites and, for the limited amount of people who have heard the album so far, they still say it’s a good one! The Murder Chain is available now on ITunes, Google Play and Spotify.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
For this particular song I didn’t write about an event I had been in or a certain past I may have had, it was more of me loving documentaries too much… I was watching a lot of Jack the Ripper films and documentaries and thought it might be easy to get a song out of the Jack the Ripper story line, so, I did just that!
Any plans to release a video to go along with the single?
Currently there is no video to along with this single, maybe in the future though!
The single comes off your new album Love Sick – what’s the story behind the title?
So the story behind this song is when Jack the ripper had killed a wife of a husband he knew, this husband knew exactly where to find Jack the ripper in London so he started to expose little bits of information he knew about Jack, obviously Jack didn’t like this so he tried his hardest to stay in the shadows of London and created a mission of his own which was to kill the husband. In the bridge of the song, Jack hunts down the husband and it is meant to be a more of a chase, the lyrics ‘Run run run’ is the husband talking where Jack is repeating saying ‘No no no’.
How was the recording and writing process?
For this song, the recording and writing came really naturally actually, after doing so much research, the writing aspect was really quick. I believe this song was actually written in Belgium and then recorded when I got back home in the New Year’s. I noticed that the song needed to be faster due to it being about murder and chase, short quick words and a catchy melody sitting on top of the song worked well and really made it unique and what I would call ‘a strong song’ .
What role did love play on this album?
Love played a major part on this album, about every song on the album (apart from 1) is about love, the album is not about breakups or missing someone, as to me, that has already been done! But is more about questioning how a broken heart could be fixed. The first track I wrote for this album was ‘Nasty Love’ which is an aggressive song about looking back at a past time you’ve with someone and having a friend to keep telling you, ‘Move forward, or you’ll go back into a fantasy land’.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I had been writing this album for about 6 months, throughout that 6 months, I’ve been listening to tons of different artists to apply to my writing, I think overall there was 19 songs I wrote for this album but the sound certainly changed due to who I was listening to at the time. One main person I have been taking a lot of interest into would be Lady Gaga, instrumentation wise, you can’t go wrong with catchy melodies, harmonies and drum beats, for me to apply that to my own stuff was my top priority. As a musician I write music that I know non musician listeners will like, so having catchy songs and lyrics you can relate to is the main factor. Another artist I look up to for inspiration would be Gary Barlow. Stripping down his music and the way he composes a song is for me a wonderful thing to know.
I can hear a strong influence by 80s New Wave and 90s Alternative Rock – was that intentional or is it a coincidence?
The genre electronic rock from the 80’s was the sound I was trying to get… In mainstream music today, you hear a lot of elements from the 80’s, whether that be synth driven lead parts, drum machines or sequenced bass lines, you nearly hear one of them in every mainstream song today, for me, this was really fun to get into as I’m used to having your standard band set up! Because I come from a Rock background I couldn’t leave it out totally, so a few songs, including ‘Headache’ is very rock influenced, but even with a classical piano start to mix it up!
How does art influence your music and the other way around?
Art influences my music a lot, I believe what you see changes what you would be writing about, whether you’re seeing a physical piece of art, different place, or just looking around, all of that is art to me.
Any plans to hit the road?
Currently, no plans for anything yet! But hopefully the end of the year will be a busy one!
What else is happening next in Darryl Nash’s world?
Everything happens in my world, so if you’re interested stay in touch!