Taking cues of the likes of early Taylor Swift and Kelsea Ballerini, Daisy Royce is back with her beautifully visuals for the catchy Country song filled with great vocal harmonies and melodies that walk the thin line between the old and modern.
Hi Daisy, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello! Excited to be here. Like everyone, I’m trying to make the best of this unique situation.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Champagne”?
Absolutely! Champagne is a song about celebrating amidst failed expectations and lost dreams. The song starts by talking about how it’s too late for me to become a ballerina, and quickly launches into a section about how I didn’t become an actress. The chorus comes in, which is all about drinking champagne, a celebratory drink, to feel like I’ve made it. People see it as a happy song, but it wasn’t written that way. It’s really about glamour and brokenness going together- a Breakfast at Tiffany’s type of vibe.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I was listening a lot to Pink’s “Glitter in the Air” and I wanted to write a song that had that feeling. I was also really feeling the weight of having a job that I didn’t love, and wishing that I were on stage more. At that time in my life, I often spent Friday evenings doing my nails in full makeup, drinking wine, and watching award-winning films. The song stemmed from that feeling of indulgent loneliness.
How was the recording and writing process?
My writing process starts when an idea pops in my head, and then I fixate on the song until it has a structure and most of the words. I’ll write (in my mind) while I’m driving, walking, cooking. The line in this song that took the longest to find was “glitter on the sidewalk outside Tiffany’s”. I couldn’t find a couplet for “I know I chose a simple life and won’t be on TV” and I really wanted to use Tiffany’s as the rhyming word. There were a lot of iterations like “I still wear pearls and walk by Tiffany’s”. I like the one I chose, because it’s really sad and visual. It’s usually the phrase people mention to me after hearing the song.
In terms of recording, I’m so lucky because I work with an amazing producer, Robbie Simmons. He makes me feel super comfortable, and we are completely in synch about our vision for the music. We record my vocals and ukulele in his home studio, or at Bridgeset Sound in Philadelphia. This track features him on guitar and bongo drums, and his husband on violin.
What role does Philly play in your music?
Philadelphia is home for me, and it is the reason that music is a part of my life. I grew up singing with my Dad, and when I moved back to Philly after Graduate School, we started doing open mic nights together. We had fun with country and pop covers, and I loved being back on the stage. Those open mic nights brought my heart back to songwriting. I started taking ukulele lessons with Frankie DeRosa at Bridgeset Sound, and it was the first time someone who I considered a “real musician” took an interest in my songwriting. Frankie helped me believe in myself, and also helped me set up a band. He introduced me to his husband, who is my producer. Between them, they play almost every instrument. Without all of those people and Philadelphia, this music would not exist in the way it does now.
How has the current social climate with the quarantine and all have influence you as an artist?
Like many people, the quarantine is both helping and hurting my music career. A lot of gigs have been cancelled, which is a huge bummer. It’s also hard to book future gigs because no one knows when they will open up again. So, business-wise, terrible. However, creatively, the quarantine has really helped my songwriting. It’s caused me to slow down and really take time to write, and to practice, more intentionally. I’ve also been able to network with people around the world, which I was not doing before! I’m in a female musician’s group called Girls to the Front where we meet on Zoom twice a week, and most of the women are in the UK! Through that, I’m hoping to have cool collaborations that I never would have had otherwise. If anything, the quarantine is helping me to take a step back and think about what I want for my life. A large part of that is finding a way for music to be a bigger part of it.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! My debut album is almost finished! There are six new songs on it, as well as the five singles that are already streaming.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
The “Series of Two Week Love Stories” album will be out this summer!
Any plans to hit the road?
I am hoping to set up a tour once the album is out. It’s hard to plan right now due to COVID-19, but stay-tuned! The tour will probably have a Cabaret vibe, since that’s the style of the music. Intimate, lyrical, and personal.
What else is happening next in Daisy Royce’s world?
I’m doing a lot of writing for the second album, and trying to set up a comprehensive stage show! I also sing harmony on my Dad’s debut album (Max Mason, Social Security), and perform a Disney brunch for kids. I’m working hard to create beautiful and interesting things.