Hi Brooke, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been good! Just trying to stay sane during quarantine- working and spending quality time with my quarantine buddies and my dog.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Everything and Nothing”?
“EVERYTHING AND NOTHING” is about the chaos I felt post breakup. It’s crazy how the person you love can become your everything, and when it ends, it’s like you’re left with nothing overnight. I watched someone I loved and trusted choose someone else and lie about it for months. This song was me trying to make sense of my feelings in the moment.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
A past relationship inspired the song, as well as the entire EP. He was my first love. It was extremely unhealthy, but I learned a lot about myself and what I deserve.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was really fun, and really long! I love everyone that I worked with, and we pushed through a 12+ hour day together. It was cool watching my vision come to life, and it’s something I’ll remember forever.
The single comes off your new album The Narcissist – what’s the story behind the title?
THE NARCISSIST is about being in a relationship with someone who will only ever love themselves. The EP goes through the story of dealing with someone who was toxic, and how I had to learn the hard way to honor myself and walk away. But in the end, I’m stronger now and more in touch with myself.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was hell! Everything I wrote was when I was going through it, from before the breakup to after. I was emotionally a disaster, but it made it very clear and easy to write and record. The sessions were short because the songs were written quickly. All of the songs were recorded that day, and those are the vocals you hear on the EP! It felt like I was writing in a diary.
What role does Los Angeles play in your music?
LA plays a huge role because of the people who live here. I tend to write about my experiences and relationships with people because it’s therapeutic for me. Writing helps me make sense of what’s going on in my life.
What aspect of narcissism did you get to explore on this record?
I explored my ex’s narcissism, seeing how I lost my sense of self and how I was made to rely on validation and love I would never get. It also helped me explore how I’ve viewed self-love as something narcissistic, when in reality, it’s quite the opposite. There’s a difference between respecting your own boundaries for your well-being and manipulating others for your own gain. Loving yourself is not the equivalent of self-obsession, and I finally realize that now.
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I wrote this song as if I was talking to my ex. It’s the stuff I wanted to say to him, but never got to. I also know people in my life who have dealt with betrayal as well, and I kept that in mind when writing it too. This is something a lot of people have dealt with, and the pain feels similar for us all. I wanted the song to be relatable enough so that people could feel understood when listening to it.
What else is happening next in Brooke Daye’s world?
I’m constantly working! I’ve already started writing new songs to release next year, so I’m excited.