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INTERVIEW: DELANEY

Did any event in particular inspire you to write Do It For Me?

There were some big changes happening in my life when I sat down to write the song. As I was transitioning to life after my journey on NBC’s  The Voice, I also ended my most recent romantic relationship. They were both such dominating entities in my life, I knew I needed to focus on building myself back up after they ended, and I was grappling with the mixed emotions that accompanied my newfound independence. There was a powerful sense of freedom and confidence, but also equal parts loneliness, heartbreak, and uncertainty for what came next.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I’ve tossed the idea of a video around in my head, but I also have so many more fresh songs to record. I’m not sure which will come first!

How was the recording and writing process?

I co-wrote “Do It for Me” with LA based producer and songwriter Peter Chun, and we wrote it in our first session ever. It was one of those songs that flowed so easily, it was almost felt like a natural conversation. We finished the entire thing in about two hours, recorded vocals in a separate session, and it was a done deal. As soon as we finished it, I knew I wanted it to be my next single.

What role does LA play in your music?

Living in LA definitely provides me with constant inspiration for writing, whether it be a positive spark or a need for an outlet for negative emotions. Being an independent artist is difficult, and LA is an unforgiving place. But that’s the fuel for my drive – the constant desire to succeed and need to try again. There are ups and downs everyday, and always reasons to write.

How has growing up in a small town influences your writing?

I actually didn’t start writing music until I went away to college. I’ve sang and played instruments for as long as I can remember, and wrote some poetry in high school, but it wasn’t until I experienced the discomfort in being on my own that sparked a need for an outlet through songwriting.

What did you learn from your tenure time on The Voice?

The Voice was an absolutely crazy experience that was difficult to process. I think the most important thing that I learned was that my expression can actually have an impact on people, even when I don’t realize it. I was able to connect with people in a way that I never had before, and it was so beautiful to know that I could inspire others just my pursuing my passion. That’s a much more authentic and sustainable motivation than wanting X amount of streams or X amount of views, and I want to carry that with me as I continue to create music.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely! There’s new material in the works right now. I love the idea of releasing more singles, but also have an EP written out that I’m dying to share. Again, being independent is extremely difficult, and money is a huge factor, but I’m fairly certain I’ll have more material out before the end of 2019.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I don’t quite have a release date in mind because I feel like the song in the works right now belongs with the other songs on my next EP. It’s called “Close,” and it’s got a very sultry vibe to it, which is something fairly fresh and new for me.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ve been doing shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York over the past few months. This next month I’m planning on taking a bit of a breather while I record the new material, but I’m definitely hoping to put a few more cities on the map before the end of the year.

What else is happening next in DELANEY’s world?

I’m totally in love with the process of writing, recording, and releasing music, and I truly want to that as much as possible for as long as I can. I’m so excited “Do It for Me” is finally out, but I’m always looking forward. There will definitely be new music coming soon, and I just can’t wait to see this project grow.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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