A few months ago I had no idea who Adara was. I love the name, though. Now I can’t stop listening to her and am pretty sure she will be all the rage by the end of the year. She recently released “Expose,” a track featuring her unforgettable vocals and high-energy progressive house. “‘Expose’ is about vulnerability. It’s about stripping away your fears and letting another person see you completely, even inside the shadows and forgotten corners of your heart,” she said.
I was so impressed with her sound, I pretty much demanded an interview! She follows me on Twitter, so I figured she would be down for an interview. Needless to say, I was excited for this interview. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Adara. Let’s dance!
“Expose” is a GREAT song! Tell me more about that single. Did you write the lyrics for that track?
I’m so glad you like “Expose.” This is a really personal song for me. I wrote it with Ross Lara, my producer, and Jeff Garrison of the band Cassio Monroe. Letting someone in can be beautiful and frightening at the same time, hence the dark tinge to the track and melody. We wanted to sonically convey the mix of emotions.
The track appeared on Only The Beat earlier this week. That’s pretty cool!
Yes, I was excited that Only The Beat featured “Expose.” They premiered our re-imagined version. I had a great time working on this remix with my producer. It’s a really fun experience to rework your own song. I love the new beat because it grooves and brings a new energy to the track.
You are a singer, songwriter and a dancer. Is there anything you can’t do?
I cannot fly a spaceship!
You spend a lot of time in Nashville. I’ve never been. What is it like living and working in the music industry in Music City?
I love Nashville! They have a saying here that “It all starts with a song.” It’s the perfect city to hone your craft as a songwriter. I’ve learned so much from some amazing writers in this town and I’m constantly amazed by all of the talented musicians. Every night you can find superb live music in Nashville. Music Row is full of opportunities and great music companies. This city is full of inspiration.
“Dragon,” a track you did with Shogun, is pretty great, too. It appeared on A State of Trance. Tell me more about that song and what it was like working with Shogun.
It was awesome to work with Shogun on our song “Dragon.” I love Shogun’s music because it sounds magical. I think that our writing styles work well together because I like to put a lot of fantasy into my melodies and lyrics. It’s been amazing to see all of the support for this song.
It’s a personal song for both of us, with a message about courage, strength, and overcoming the next chapter in your life.
There are a lot of great artists out there. Who are some of your favorite DJs?
Tell me more about your relationship with Archipelago Entertainment.
I’m a signed artist at Archipelago Entertainment. Ross Lara, my producer, is the visionary and founder of the company. This company is truly a family. I love working with people who share the same ideals with me about conserving the environment and making music with a message.
How do you know Ross Lara?
Ross is my amazing producer. I met him through a mutual friend and co-writer, Todd Wright. About 2 years ago, Todd brought Ross into a writing session with me in Nashville and the chemistry was instant. The first song we wrote got great support among our industry peers and we decided that this was a great fit.
Got any big plans for 2015?
I’m working with my team to get my live show ready to take on the road in 2015. I have more songs coming out in 2015 that I’m really proud of. I plan on doing more collaborations with other electronic artists and DJs. Plus, I want to delve even more into futuristic high fashion. I love how expressive and daring clothing can be. It’s a true form of art, and I want to be a part of that.
In all of the interviews I do, I always give the artist the last word. Go.
I want to say thank you to everyone for their support so far. I can’t wait to share my new music in 2015. I also want to inspire everyone to volunteer their time to do something nice for those less fortunate this year.