Q&A with Adara and The Spacies
If you haven’t heard of her yet, you will soon. From Denver, Colorado comes Adara – a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, dancer, and fashion extraordinaire. (She has even worked with fashion designer Mychael Knight from Project Runway!)
Adara has worked with Shogun, K-Theory, and most recently with The Spacies. Her track with them is called ‘Lighting Up The Night’ (and I’m so in love with it!) Listen to it below:
I got the incredible chance to chat with Adara and The Spacies about their latest collaboration. Plus, read on to discover the reason they pursued music,their influences, musical production, and more.
Jessica: What made you want to pursue music?
Spacies: Music pursued me. I’ve had passion for all music for as long as I can remember, I was born with it. I started creating it at a young age, and when I’m not creating music or immersing myself in it I feel a void in my life. It’s a language that we all can speak.
Adara: My parents bought me an antique upright grand piano when I was 5 years old, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed! Music is the language in which I process and express the human experience. It’s the way in which I understand and connect with the world around me. It’s how I learn my lessons and understand emotions like love.
Jessica: Why create EDM?
Spacies: Electronic music can create these soundscapes that no other genre can, it’s almost like if you can imagine it, you can create it. There are no limits or boundaries, it’s a lot more fun when you can throw the rule book out the window and start experimenting, which is exactly what we do.
Adara: I’ve found that Electronic Dance Music is such an expansive and ever evolving genre. It really gives me the freedom to create whatever I imagine without any restrictions. I’ve always been drawn to movies and lyrics that lived more in the realm of fantasy. I love adding a hint of magic and beauty to my stories, so when I first entered this genre I finally felt like I had found my home. Electronic musicians have an unparalleled ability to take you on a journey.
Jessica: Who is your biggest influence?
Spacies: I don’t have one giant influence, I think all artists are constantly evolving; it’s hard to draw all of your influence from just one. My musical influences change from day today. I’m more influenced by what’s happening around me than other artists.
Adara: My biggest influences are The Eagles, Coldplay, Ellie Goulding, and U2.
Jessica: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
Spacies: Kanye West 10 years ago.
Adara: Porter Robinson, Andy Moor, Super8 and Tab, Imogen Heap, and Coldplay.
Jessica: What is your dream festival to perform at?
Spacies: Isle Of Wight.
Adara: Electric Forest.
Jessica: How’d you like working with the Spacies?
Adara: The Spacies are a duo jam packed with talent. From their songwriting to their production, they have a unique ability to bring a story to life with such vibrancy. I couldn’t imagine working on “Lighting Up The Night” with anyone else but them. We jive really well creatively and the song came together so effortlessly.
Jessica: How’d you like working with Adara?
Spacies: Adara is super friendly and extremely talented, very complimentary and a joy to work with!
Jessica: Is there any significant meaning behind “Lighting Up the Night”?
Spacies: I think it’s about making out on the beach while watching shooting stars, but I hope it means something different to everyone individually, unless everyone just wants to make out on the beach while listening to that song, in which case, that’s awesome and I fully support that.
Adara: I’ve always believed that love is one of our most important purposes in life therefore I love writing about it. I drew on a lot of personal experiences when writing this song. With “Lighting Up The Night” we wanted to capture the incredible feeling you get when you connect with someone and can literally feel the electricity on your skin. It’s about that moment when you are alone with someone and you realize how deep you’ve fallen for him or her. It’s euphoric and it lights up your world.
Jessica: Was there any inspiration behind the track?
Spacies: The first verse has several mallet instruments and melodic lines inspired by “The Internal Locus” by BT. Like most of our songs, the music starts on the piano, and grows.
Adara: I definitely drew a lot of inspiration from my own relationships and experiences.
Jessica: What DAW was your preference when working on this song?
Spacies: We used Logic X for production/mixing and Pro Tools 10 for vocal recording. We used an offline DSP granular synthesis app called “Density” to create some of the vocal pad textures too.
Jessica: What were your production techniques?
Spacies: The use of field recording. “Lighting Up The Night” has motorcycle engines, insects, and even a fart sound that was captured during a vocal take. Critical listening and knowing when to commit too.
Jessica: Do you like presets or do you prefer to create your own sounds?
Spacies: We’re kind of anti presets here… All instruments, whether they are acoustic or digital, have knobs and sliders that should be turned. Sound design all day.
Jessica: What made you want to pursue fashion, too?
Adara: Fashion is another media in which to express my vision and my world. I love how a piece of clothing can embody an idea and an emotion. A strong, angular jacket can make me instantly feel more powerful and confident. Fashion is art and I think the pairing of music with clothing can create a more impactful statement. I want to create clothing that conveys strength, combined with a touch of fantasy, and evokes an emotion in the wearer.
Jessica: How’s it working with Mychael Knight?
Adara: Mychael Knight is an amazing designer. It has been a great experience to collaborate with him on bringing my visual vision to life. He was able to translate my emotions and ideas into a physical display. Mychael has such a great understanding of fabrics and how they catch the light. The silver hood that he created looks like liquid metal that drapes and flows across the body. I’ve never been able to find and buy any clothing that looked like what I had imagined in my head, so it was such an amazing experience to finally be able to see that vision realized.
Jessica: Are you allowed to share with us what you’re working on?
Adara: As far as fashion goes, more designs are in the works. In regards to music, I am collaborating with some phenomenal DJ’s and producers right now and I can’t wait to share the new music with everyone. Look for new music and live performances in the upcoming months.
Jessica: What is your spirit animal?
Spacies: I don’t have one yet, but I’m hoping one day a dolphin will jump out in front of me while I’m surfing and take me for a ride.
Adara: The Wolf. I’ve always been drawn to the moon and I feel most at peace at night. (By the way, you might be my new favorite person because you asked this question!)
Jessica: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Spacies: In the Himalayas, producing music and riding fresh powder.
Adara: In 5 years, I see myself on a world tour, putting on a show/experience that really lets the audience into my world, designing for my futuristic fashion line, and working with major charities to make this world a better place.