INTERVIEW: Delaney Jane

Pic by Dominik Kielbasa

Hi Delaney, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hiiii, thank you! I’ve been pretty damn good actually. Just getting off and out of the Christmas vibes, ready to start grinding again.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Just As Much” ft Virginia to Vegas?

This song is about that one person you can’t get out of your head. The one who gives you the highest highs and the lowest lows. The good times are to die for but the bad times… make you wanna die. It’s no way to live or try to love someone. But this happens to so many of us, maybe only once for some, maybe several times for others. It’s confusing as hell when the passion is there but the relationship is undeniably volatile. “Just As Much” is about the push and pull between passion and futility, and trying to navigate what is actually REAL between the blurred lines of love and hate.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Although I can’t say this song is about one person or one experience in particular, I’ve definitely had my fair share of relationships that were more futile than they were positive. Growing up in a broken home and watching my parents navigate their way in and out of various relationships, some being pretty explosive and toxic, wasn’t the best influence for me as a young hopeless romantic. It took me a very long time to decipher what was right and what was absolutely intolerable in my adolescent years and early adult life. Finally, I dated a really NICE and GOOD guy which made me realize, “Wow… I can and should feel safe with my partner, always”. I will admit, I’m still trying to shake off some of the baggage I’ve carried with me through all these years, but at least I now know what people meant when they used to tell me, “You accept the love you think you deserve”. I think that’s such an important concept to hold onto, especially if, like me, you didn’t have the best parental figures to mirror healthy relationships off of.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video for “On Paper”?

Despite the lyrics and context of the song to be on the more sombre side, it was actually pretty seamless and therapeutic. There were only 4 of us on set as we wanted to keep it “covid-safe” and minimize any possible risk. This allowed us to really focus on me conveying the emotion of the song rather than try to act out some complex narrative with multiple actors involved. I had two of my homies on camera and lighting and my favourite HMUA with me on set, so the rest was up to me. It was a perfect way to put some closure on that song and what it meant to me, or rather, whoit was about that meant so much to me.

The single comes off your new EP ​Somewhere Else – what’s the story behind the title?

The title “Somewhere Else” originally came from the song on my EP with the same title, but as 2020 progressed, it just hit kinda closer and closer to home. In two words it seemed to capture what so many of us were feeling, which was the desire to be ​somewhere else.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process of finishing this body of work was much different than anything I’ve released prior, as my two main producers were still in Toronto and I was “stuck” in LA (so to speak) because of quarantine. Most of the songs were already written before 2020 hit but finishing the records meant working remotely with my guys. I would record/edit a vocal, send it to them, and then go back and forth for anything from weeks to months to finalize it all. It’s definitely not my first choice on finishing a body of work but I’m really proud of what we created, especially given the circumstances and the overriding sense of chaos around us.

As someone who tends to collaborate with many other bands and artists – do you tend to take a different approach when collaborating with someone else rather than working on your own?

Naturally, yes. I recognize that I have certain strengths just as others have theirs, and I’m always down to learn new things, get inspired by new sounds, and just take a risk to create something that sounds unique and fresh. I think that’s one of the best parts about collaborating with any kind of artist – you get to forge both of your brains and hearts into this tangible, emotional thing, and that makes the universal language of music so real and true. I think in coming together with another human being and creating a song-baby, it should sound a little like you and a little like them. That’s the beauty in it.

With the success your music kept getting – did you feel any pressure as you were putting this new material?

I feel like the pressure is and will forever be never-ending, and as artists we just have to decide how we wanna deal with it. We are our own biggest critic and even though I look back and see what I could and would have done differently, I refuse to live in the past. The key to happiness, and perhaps, LIFE, is the ability to enjoy the present moment. As soon as a body of work is out for the world to hear, I’m already focused on what’s next. Although those might sound like contradicting statements, that is my way of staying in the present. By focusing on what is here, right now. The new music is all happening, right here right now. And not only do I know what I want to put out next, I know it’s going to be my favourite body of work yet.

What aspect of self-discovery did you get to explore on this record?

I really explored and leaned into the concept of following my intuition. Of letting go. Of allowing doors to close for new doors to open. Of accepting that all endings lead to new beginnings, and that it’s okay to say goodbye to someone or something you once loved with all your heart. Life. Goes. On. What is meant for me will always find me.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

LIFE. Always.

What else is happening next in Delaney Jane’s world?

I’m currently well into the birth of my newest baby, AKA my second album. Expect to be hearing it in 2021!

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About RJ Frometa

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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