Darling is bringing their highly infectious sound to the rest of the world with 'The Rise,' it's a collection of sophisticated indie/folk songs which ooze musical prowess and signal an emotional maturity beyond the duos years.
With elements of jazz and pop, the EP celebrates the universal themes of love, loss, and confusion – turning pain into emotive anthems at every turn.
On the single the duo said, "This EP is about the emotions and complications that you experience when you love someone. Misunderstandings, fights, break ups or even divorces, we sing about all of it. But there is always an underlying message of strength and personal growth,"
"The sound came authentically to both of us, and we just elaborated on both of our styles to create a raw, minimalistic sound with no gimmicks. We like when people 'listen' to our music, but we love when people 'feel' our music even more."
Darling's acclaimed singles 'Until It Hurts' and 'Anywhere' which also features on the EP was played on FBi radio and well received by tastemakers across the globe.
Consisting of Rudy and Seryna, Darling is the result of the pair's shared vision of songwriting as a disciplined craft and a vehicle for honest storytelling that allows the listener to connect both to the artist's experience and their own.
The two draw from influences as diverse as Corinne Bailey Rae, Passenger, John Mayer, Angus and Julia Stone and Sarah Bareilles to create music that's undisguised and heartfelt. They blend beautiful harmonies and a raw acoustic sound sprinkled with subtle jazz and indie folk tones with emotive lyrics that connect to their listeners on a deep, visceral level.
Question: How would you describe your music?
Darling: We see our music as bringing together a simple, raw acoustic folk sound with some subtle jazzy undertones. It's really a fusion of both of our varied influences and the way we both bring our own musical backgrounds to the process.
Question: What message do you hope to spread with your music?
Darling: All our music has an underlying message of hope. Even if we grapple with some really difficult themes we want our audience to go away feeling like they can overcome absolutely any obstacle they are facing. Adversity and setbacks are really just opportunities for growth. We've definitely both experienced that in our own lives.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Darling: Rockstar by Post Malone because it's such a funny juxtaposition to have these really intense, vulgar lyrics with our acoustic folk style. It always pulls in a crowd, because it's the last thing they'd expect from us.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
Darling: John Mayer. He's been such a huge influence to both of us, and we'd be beyond flattered and frankly a bit flabbergasted if he walked through the doors. So, if you're listening John, stop by any time!
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Darling: Live, definitely. We really feed off each other's energy and the crowd's energy. And we just love performing together. No matter the situation, we always have fun.
Question: What is the story behind the band name?
Darling: We wanted something concise, elegant and simple. We wish there was a heartfelt story or deep subtext to this one, but we honestly just thought it sounded pretty and memorable.
Question: How did the band come together?
Darling: Rudy was busking in the city when Seryna happened by and loved what she heard. She asked him if he'd like to start playing music together. It was such a chance encounter and ended up being an amazing partnership because we just have so much in common in terms of our approach to songwriting and our musical influences and style.
Question: What motivates you most when writing music?
Darling: We honestly wouldn't know what else to do. It's such a natural way to express our emotions and to process our experiences, whether it's a song born from situations in our own lives or one that's telling a more universal story
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Darling: City and Colour, Mark Wilkinson, Hanson, Ethan Conway, Dean Lewis and Lewis Capaldi.
Question: What or who was your inspiration to go into the music industry?
Darling: We were both pursuing our musical careers and when we started playing music together our voices just seemed to work together so naturally and we worked together so well we knew we had to go after this with all our energy and passion.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Darling: Other than each other, Rudy would love to collaborate with Passenger. Seryna would love to work with Hanson because they were such a huge influence when she first started writing music as a teenager. They're also passionate about putting across the message of reaching for your dreams and goals and we have a very similar mindset.
Question: What has been your favourite part of becoming a music artist?
Darling: Harmonising and playing our live music in public and seeing the reactions of the audience. It's so gratifying to put so much into this and then see other people connect with it.
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Interview by Brooke Hunter