We first met Brit Daniels in 2017 after she released her stunning hit “Eulogy.”
In the few years since then, the Nashville-based pop starlet has experienced tremendous success, achieving hundreds of thousands of streams and placements from top-notch publications including EARMILK and Parade Magazine.
Daniels just released her new single “Deja Vu,” a chill yet empowering ode to the complex dating culture of today. The song lends a voice to those who may have chosen to ignore the red flags that can appear while in a relationship, and then find themselves repeating the same habit again and again.
Musical Notes Global talked to Daniels all about the single, songwriting, what she’s looking forward to this year, and more. Check out the full interview below.
MNGBlog: Congratulations on your new single! You always deliver such easy-to-listen-to and relatable stories. Can you talk a little about the inspiration behind "Deja Vu”?
Brit Daniels: Thank you so much! I’m really excited about this single, and that really does mean a lot to me-I’m always striving to create music that people can easily relate to and is fun to listen to! I wrote “Deja Vu” early last year, so I’ve had it for awhile, and I’m really excited to have this song baby out into the world! “Deja Vu” is probably one of the most chill songs I’ve ever written as far as the vibe, but I love it so much, and it turned out exactly how I had envisioned it when I came up with the idea. It’s pretty much inspired by my real life relationships. At the time we write it, I had just gotten out of a very short-lived relationship that had seemed so great in the beginning, but then he started doing a few things that were VERY familiar (aka guys had done those things in the past) so the red flags started to raise. It put me in an actual state of Deja Vu. It was like the intentionality disappeared, and I started receiving the late night texts with invites to come over and a lack of desire to commit. I think it’s very much a thing in our dating culture now a days, but it definitely inspired a song that both I love, and that so many people who have already heard it have told me they can relate to!
MNGBlog: Did you learn anything new while creating this song?
BD: So, I’m normally the type of person who goes into a writing room with an idea, and I kind of let it flow from there, but with this one, I had a clear idea of what I wanted it to turn into from the beginning, so it was kind of a learning experience as far as being very directional and making sure that it stayed pure to the vision I had for it.
MNGBlog: What does "Deja Vu" represent for you and how do you hope it speaks to listeners?
BD: Honestly, I think Deja Vu speaks on the current state of our dating culture. I tried to be really honest and vulnerable with this one (especially because I was living it at the time, and I have lived it a few times since then), and I made sure it stayed pure to the things that I was experiencing over and over again in relationships. I feel like everyone has experienced a state of deja vu when it comes to being in a relationship, so I just hope that it gives listeners a sense that they’re not alone whether they’re currently walking through a similar situation, or they are dwelling on a situation from the past that was similar, they know that there are other people experiencing the same thing (me for example haha).
MNGBlog: It's so amazing to see the success you've been experiencing! How do you think you've grown as an artist over the past few years?
BD: Thank you so much! It’s been really awesome, really crazy and really fun! I think I’ve mainly just been growing more into myself as an artist, and really just gaining a deeper grasp as to who I am as a person which helps me to be a better artists and writer. I feel like I am at a point where I’m writing better songs, I have a greater vision for what I’m doing and where I want to be, and I am performing a lot more which is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s been really cool to look back over the past few years, and see the difference in where I was then and where I am now. There’s still SO much I want to accomplish this year and in the future though, so I can’t wait until some of those things are done and accomplished and I can look back to this moment where I’m desiring for those things to happen and see how far I’ve come in that moment.
MNGBlog: What has been your top, most memorable experience of the year so far?
BD: So at the end of last year, I worked with this new production duo in Los Angeles, and they are incredible. It was probably one of my most memorable and fun sessions to date, and I am obsessed with the song. I got the finished product back at the beginning of this year and it’s THAT good that I would say hearing it for the first time completely done was a memorable experience for sure!
MNGBlog: What do you hope the rest of 2019 has in store for you, or what do you hope to achieve this year?
BD: I hope the rest of 2019 has a ton of new opportunities in store for me. I think that I’m at a place where it’s just a matter of time before some of the things that I have been hoping to happen actually do, and I’m excited to see how a few things that I’m working on play out this year. I also would LOVE to hit 1 million streams on a song. I always try to set goals of different levels, and I would say that is probably my most concrete goal that I’m working on at the moment.
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