Photos by Rhiannon Blaize Kearton, Words by Em Marcovecchio
Daisy Clark is a singer songwriter from Newquay, made famous for her iconic cover of ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’ from Grease. Moving away from her previous sound, Daisy’s latest release ‘I Don’t Look Like Her’ is beautifully pure, touching on feelings of heartbreak and despair. I sat down with her to have a chat about her new music, life as an artist and much more.
Em: Which women are inspiring you at the moment? Is there anyone who you are absolutely loving?
Daisy: Mainly Billie Eilish; I really love how she’s very different to everyone else in the music industry at the moment, both musically and image wise. She’s unique and her music is like nothing I’ve really heard before. I really love Lennon Stella’s music as well, she is also really inspiring me into my new sound and I’ve always loved her from her Nashville days. They are my main two at the moment.
Em: Do you feel there is a strong social pressure on girls?
Daisy: Most definitely! I’ve always struggled with body confidence, self-confidence and comparison in myself and my career. I had a difficult time at school, so all of that really stuck with me until now. I’ve always been a lot more shy and anxious than maybe I wouldn’t have been if I hadn’t have had those experiences, but I feel like everybody feels like that in some way. Social media doesn’t help these feelings and can allow you to compare even more. With this song, I was in a very vulnerable place when I wrote it, that brought those emotions out. I know a lot of people struggle with these feelings and I don’t think social media helps at all. I can’t imagine what other people go through when they have an emotional experience.
“Most definitely! I’ve always struggled with body confidence, self-confidence and comparison in myself and my career”Daisy Clark
Em: Do you do anything to suppress the feelings of social pressure? Do you try and stay off Instagram and social media or something similar?
Daisy: I’d like to say I stay off Instagram, but I generally don’t. I use it more than I would like to! Mostly because it is part of my job, I do try and promote a lot of my music on there and engage with a lot of other musicians so it is hard to avoid. I also endlessly scroll like everyone else. I did do a social media detox, after I wrote “I don’t look like her”, that’s when I was feeling really crap. It did help a lot, but I felt really out of the loop with my friends – it made me realise how many people around me use social media. It was beneficial as I didn’t have to see all the other elements which made me feel rubbish. The only other thing I would suggest is focusing more on other hobbies. For me going to the gym and fitness really helped. It made me feel better about myself, it takes my mind off things for an hour or so, it’s a place where I don’t have to think. Song writing is also one of my favourite outlets. It’s nice to put down my phone, write how I’m feeling and channel everything in to my music.
Em: This new song ‘Don’t Look At Her’ is out now, what was your thought process when writing it?
Daisy: So, this was written after I went through something in my personal life; it was quite intense. The situation caused me to compare myself to other people and not feel ‘good enough’. It seems mad for an app to make you feel so low but I couldn’t help it and was fed up of feeling that way, and I think a lot of other people feel that way too. So I wrote the song. It’s probably one of my most personal songs I have released so it’s quite scary to share with the world, haha.
“It seems mad for an app to make you feel so low but I couldn’t help it and was fed up of feeling that way, and I think a lot of other people feel that way too”Daisy Clark
Em: Do you feel that because ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ blew up there was more of a pressure on you?
Daisy: Yes! Deffo. There is a lot of things I would have maybe done differently post Hopelessly Devoted, but I believe everything happens for a reason and I feel like I’m in a great place with music now. I’m really glad to be writing stuff for me. This is also the first song I’m releasing completely independently without a team so I’m very nervous but excited!
Em: What’s in store for the year?
Daisy: I have some other singles recorded to be released soon, so they’ll be released throughout the year! I’m also thinking of an EP but we shall see.D