• Allie Russell

Rising artist Daycie Eyre talks about the importance of music

We have a brand new artist on the blog today. Daycie Eyre joined in for an exclusive interview to kick off her career, and to shine some light on a few important matters in music. She is also promoting her new release that will be live in stores June 24th, and it's called "Yes Sir". Pre-save link at the bottom of the article! We are looking forward to the song being released, but in the meantime, we have the exclusive interview here on 24 Carat Sounds! So without further ado, let's get to it.

Where are you from and how does that affect your work? I’m originally from a small town in Arkansas but I am now residing in the state of Washington. When I was younger, I experienced a lot of bullying just for being different. I think I only had one friend in school between kindergarten and 5th grade, she looked different than other kids. She was so kind to me though, she was also a victim of bullying. Living in that atmosphere really made me feel helpless and alone. It wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties; quite recently, that I began to finally set boundaries and stand up for myself.

Who are your biggest artistic influences? Some of my biggest artist inspirations include Icon For Hire, Evanescence, Lacey Sturm, Citizen Soldier and Lo Spirit.

Where do you find inspiration? For me, I’m inspired by my own experiences in my life. Even if they weren’t always the greatest experiences, I still try to make something of them and for me it’s songwriting.

Describe how music is important to society.

I think that music has a way of bringing people together, of getting a large group to say “I can relate to the message of this song” where normally they’d never step up and say anything. I know this for a fact because when I performed Yes Sir live for the first time at an open mic night, I had three women approach me afterwards with tears in their eyes and they told me they understood what happened to me because it happened to them too. If I’d never performed that night, those ladies would never have come up to me to tell me something so personal. That is the power of a song.

How do you define success as an artist? For me, to be a successful artist is to really connect with the fans. I don’t care about money or stream count. I want to help people. I want them to feel something and connect with it.

Does music help you in other areas of your life? Music is my life, most of it anyway. If I couldn’t write a song or if I didn’t know what my creative outlet was, honestly, I wouldn’t be alive today. My songs have literally saved my life and have been helping me heal from my trauma’s. Something my therapist wanted me to start working on was really feeling the emotions connected to my trauma and at first that seemed damn near impossible for me until recently I told her about my album (which is basically my experiences with the trauma events) and that it didn’t matter what song it was, if I’ve lived it I experienced it again as I wrote about it and not entirely as a flashback but as an emotion and that for most of my songs, including Yes Sir, I’ve sobbed while writing them because of what I re-live during the writing process and she told me that’s exactly what she was asking me to do and that to move forward with this big step in therapy she wants me to bring in my songs or even write new ones from new perspective to help me with this healing process. I haven’t done that yet. I haven’t had my next session but I’m honestly excited to see where this gets me in my healing process. It’s my songs that have helped me all these years and they’re continuing to help me even now.

How has your style changed over time? I’d say my style has changed a lot over the years. When I first wanted to start a band, I was 12 years old and my biggest inspiration at the time was Marilyn Manson. I wanted to be just like him on stage, wild and crazy and shock the audience. Now that I’m in my mid-twenties I’d settle with a chair, the music, the audience and just having a chill show one day. I guess for me it’s changed from being about performance to being about really connecting with the audience, though the performance is important too.

Do you have a network of other artists, and how do they support you? I currently don’t have a network of other artists. I have hired a few artists from Fiverr however, to help me with the actual music to my songs. And they have been beyond supportive.

What do you think about the current state of the music industry? I’m still very new to the music industry, I’m not even sure I’ve gotten my foot all the way through the door yet so in all honesty I have no clue what the current state is like.

What is it about music that makes you feel passionate? Connection and expression. It’s easy to hear a song, but to me what matters most is connecting with the meaning behind the song and really feeling it. As an artist, using songs to express things you’d probably rather keep buried is the most important part of the career.

Describe your favorite and least favorite part about being a musician. I’d say my favorite part of this would be just being able to create something I can be proud of in the end. So far, I don’t think I have a least favorite part yet.

What's the best piece of advice another musician ever gave you? When I lived in Eureka Springs Arkansas, I would street perform just for the fun of performing a song. And one day I got to meet the lead guitarist of Paralandra. I had no idea at first that they were musicians, it was just a husband and his wife enjoying the historic town that I lived in. But they sat nearby and listened to me sing and when I was done with the song, they approached me and told me I sounded similar to their daughter who was the lead singer of their band and the husband told me he was part of the band as the lead guitarist. He connected me with the music, and I loved it. I was so impressed and then shocked that I was meeting another musician, one with a fan base and several steps ahead of me in the career. I loved the experience. He told me to keep singing, never give up on it. And I haven’t

What's your process for dealing with performance anxiety? I don’t know if I have performance anxiety. I’ve done school talent shows and just had a blast with it, honestly, I didn’t want the music to stop. I wanted to stay on stage for more than one song. And open mic nights, it was the same. I never wanted it to end.

How would you handle traveling and being away from your home for an extended time period while you were on tour?

I would love the experience of touring. I feel like it would be a huge learning experience and an amazing opportunity to reach more people. I’d probably be nervous, depending on if I could bring my son or not. I’m a mother of two and being away from my kids is very anxiety inducing for me. So, I think that would be the biggest obstacle for me to get through. Actually, I think I’d be anxious whether I brought them with or left them at home, in both experiences I’m still away from them for a period of time in a way.

What is the weirdest or funniest thing you’ve done in public? I had a huge speaker several years ago, and I decided to walk through my small town playing a movie on the speaker. I played In Darkness and specific scene from the movie where the main character had been kidnapped. My speaker was full blast and the character screamed and I watched as a man came running out of a patio area where people were having lunch and he looked so concerned and I realized it was because of what I was playing. I was embarrassed and felt so bad, but it did show me that if anything happened to someone in public at least that one man would have rushed to do something or try to help. I still felt so sorry for him though.

What do you feel is the best song you’ve ever written and why?

This is the hardest question I’ve had to answer. I don’t think I can choose just one song I’ve ever written. They’re all so deeply personal to me. I think I’ll redefine the question here, from the best song to the most personal. The most personal song I’ve written is kind of a tie between Yes Sir and With Love Comes Pain. The first is the song I have releasing on June 24th. When I was 11 years old, I was molested by a family member and told never to talk about it. I kept that experience bottled up in me for years. Until I was walking home from work and the chorus just flooded me and I recorded it on my phone sense I had no paper or pen to write it down. When I got home it took me an hour to finish the song and I cried the entire time I wrote it. That same year my grandma passed away at the start of the year and then in 2019 three years after she passed, I wrote the song With Love Comes Pain and I sobbed the whole time because I wrote that song for my grandma and just helped me so much, both songs helped me process things I never would’ve done on my own otherwise. So, if I could pick any songs that are the best or the most personal to me, those two would be the ones. I’ll probably cry more when I release With Love Comes Pain one day. It’ll be the best day ever, sad, and still the greatest day

Which musician would you like to collaborate with next? I’ve never collaborated with a musician, but I would love the opportunity to make something awesome with Lo Spirit, Citizen Soldier, Icon For Hire, Evanescence or Lacey Sturm. Those would be my go-to’s for a collab any day any time. I’d cry with joy at an opportunity like that and I’d cherish that experience for the rest of my life.

If you could have your fans remember one thing about you, what would it be? That I create to heal my own hurt, I don’t do anything to make others happy. I do what makes me happy and if that helps others find happiness too then that makes me even happier.

Do you think you could get any better as a musician? And if so, how would you achieve that? I think I can always get better. I’m still new to all of this and this is a learning opportunity for me, I know for a fact that I can grow and change as an artist as I continue forward with this career. I never want to stay the same, I want to evolve continuously.

If you had one message to give your fans, what would it be? I don’t have many fans yet but what I will say for future fans, thank you for connecting with my music. And if you personally relate to the content I create, I want you to know that I understand. And that you aren’t alone. And that I am sorry that you ever had to go through something so difficult and painful. I want you to know it does get better but the path to getting better is the hardest road you’ll ever take. Healing isn’t comfortable, it’s unpleasant and it’ll make you want to give up. But if you just keep going, keep pursuing happiness or whatever goal you have for your life, it will all be worth it in the end. I promise.

What a great message on the end there, Daycie Eyre. Thank you so much for being on 24 Carat Sounds! We wish you all the best in your future music endeavours, and we hope to have you back on the blog soon enough.

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