Samantha Darnell is a new singer songwriter with a load of talent. She doing a pop music with edge and her stuff is catchy and knows how to write a solid tune. She got the talent to go far, so read on.
1. Are you happy how things are gone for you so far with the music?
Yes. The support from everyone has been amazing! I am very lucky to have such dedicated fans.
2. Are you happy with the feedback from the tunes on myspace?
I’ve gotten nothing but positive feedback, so I couldn’t ask for much better. I just hope people continue to show the love and the response gets bigger and better with every song.
3. What inspires you when writing music?
Life. Every song is about personal experience. I write a lot about my struggles with love specifically, though. It’s an obsession of mine. Always has been. I think it’s because I’m a control freak and it’s something we cannot control. It’s the ultimate mystery, yet the ultimate understanding. It can construct or destroy. Tricky business, this thing called love. Fascinates me…
4. How has itunes helped with the music?
I am just now wrapping up my record (and verrrrrry excited for it, may I add :P), so I have yet to experience my songs being on iTunes, but I’ve heard wonderful things and will most definitely be making my EP available through it.
5. What’s been your favorite place to play so far?
I really love playing PA. Pennsylvania kids get so into the music. It’s also where my very first band was based, so it brings back good memories of my roots.
6. Who has been the biggest help with your career so far?
My parents have done more than words can say. They’ve been incredibly supportive of my singing ever since I was a young kid and never once questioned it as a career choice or tried to change my mind or pressure me into what society claims as the "safe" or "smart" path. They’ve driven me to endless talent shows, auditions, studio sessions and practices. They’ve invested their hard earned money when I needed help. Most of all, they’ve believed in me. They’re the best. As far as this particular project, my producers, Dan Book and Alexei Misoul, have taken me under their wing and have gone above and beyond their duty to help me succeed. I can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done and the musical chemistry the three of us have is something rare and special. We make such an excellent team and I haven’t been more proud of a project in my entire life. Not only are they some of the most talented people I’ve ever met, but they are just genuine, honest, good hearted people and have become some of my best friends.
7. Any plans to release an album?
Yes! Early 2011! What better way to kick start the new year than with a brand new album?? Be sure to check for announcements with details and please get a copy when it’s released! Or 3. Or 10… ;).
8. How has sites such as facebook,myspace & twitter with help getting your name out there?
I have yet to even play my first show with this project, so I’ve been 100% relying on internet social networking to promote my music and to get heard and it’s been fabulous! We have such an advantage this day and age that we can do the things we do and reach the people we reach through our computers. As a matter of fact, today a band from Brazil was telling their fans to check me out. And a couple days before, a college from the UK was telling all their students to check me out. And now here you are from Australia interviewing me! And I’m all the way in my teeny, tiny town of Street, Maryland in my pajamas haha. Baffles me. What I love most is that I’m able to talk to everyone. I talk to my fans every single day. The internet makes that possible. I’m extremely grateful!
9. What been the highlight so far?
When I first started the solo project, I didn’t really know the exact direction I wanted to go in. It was still very up-in-the-air and I was writing a little bit of everything and seeing what worked best. Then, I wrote ‘Don’t Say You Love Me’. That was the start of it all. We knew we had hit a unique niche and then the rest of the album came pouring out. It felt so different, yet so right for me. That was the highlight…finding myself as a solo artist.
10. What have you listen to recently u’ve really enjoyed?
Hmmm, well, I’m very into singer/songwriter stuff. Anything that tugs at my heart strings, ya’ know? I like stuff that stirs the emotion or takes me on mind trips. I’ve been listening to a lot of David Gray lately. Check him out.