Exclusive Interview With Darrelle London
Whilst listening to eat a peach, an album by Darrelle London, I was transported into a musical realm of gleeful oblivion. The tune and melody were so happy, carrying along with it words and experiences that mean something. Darrelle is the definition of optimistic innocence and pragmatic risk taking, giving up a career in law for one in music. She represents everyone and anyone who ever believed in themselves and in the power of their dreams. That kind of bravery, toppled with her degree of talent, is the very essence that goes a long way to shape greatness.
1) Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, your hobbies, likes and dislikes, and guilty pleasures?
I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately, especially over the holidays. I loved Life of Pi and Django Unchained. I also have an addiction to watching documentaries on Netflix. As for guilty pleasures, probably any TLC show, and potato chips. I have no will power.
2) Your music is very gleeful and playful, would you say that your music is a translation of who you are? So are you as gleeful and playful as your music?
I don’t know why that side of me tends to come out in my music. I like to laugh, and I like to make fun of situations. I think that’s where the playfulness comes into my songwriting. Not everything has to be serious. Dating and relationships can be awkward, and awkwardness can be funny.
3) Would you say that the success of your music career and Perez Hilton’s supportive articles are mutually inclusive? Is he a big part of the success in your music career?
Having that endorsement from Perez on his site has been my biggest break. His audience is global, so it has really helped to build the fan base. I’m very grateful for his support.
4) You gave up law school to pursue your music career, and even though you seem to be succeeding in your music career, do you have any regrets?
I have had moments when I wondered why I’m crazy enough to be doing this. Those moments usually occurred during shows in basement cafeterias of colleges, thousands of miles from home, when no one was listening to my set. But the amazing, surreal moments have been so beyond rewarding, that I’ve never actually regretted my decision to pursue this path. Moments like playing at Lilith Fair, working with Chantal Kreviazuk, and hearing my song, Fine, on the radio are among my favorites. I also love getting to know my supporters and feeling connected with them through my songs.
5) Your album, ‘eat a peach’, is very addictive, have you gotten generally positive reviews about it?
Thank you, I’m so glad you like it! I’ve received very kind reviews, and a couple not-so-kind ones. But I pay much more attention to what my fans think of it, and they’ve been beautifully supportive. I don’t try to make music that everyone will like. If my songs aren’t your cup of tea, that’s totally fine! I would prefer to make music that some people hate but others love, rather than music that everyone feels lukewarm about.
6) Who is/are your role model(s)? Who/What inspired you to start your love for music?
My first influence was probably Alanis Morissette. I love how her lyrics are so raw and honest, and even conversational. Jagged Little Pill influenced me before I even knew what all the dirty words meant.
7) Your career must be really exhausting sometimes, especially in the aspect of separating your public life from your private life, how do you get through it all?
I don’t feel a struggle between the public vs private realms. I live my life, I like to share moments on Twitter and Facebook, and tell the rest of my personal stories in my songs. I love my fans so much, I’m a pretty open book.
8) What advice would you give to young and aspiring artistes- actors/actresses, artists, and writers- out there?
If you feel like you were meant to pursue your craft, then do it with as much focus as possible. Nothing comes easily. But you only live once, so pursue your passion!