It is Friday and the perfect time to listen to something brand new and why not check out Mad Hatter’s Daughters latest track Diggin’ In The Dirt. The song was inspired by the Lockdown and focusses on themes such as struggling with lack of human connection. I caught up with the band to find out all about the single and they also give me some exciting details about their up and coming album Where are we Runnin.
Hello Mad Hatter’s Daughter tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
Kira: I believe in miracles and fate, I’m a big Disney fan – I still have nearly all of them on video cassettes so we watch them old school! Shouting at other car drivers was my hobby before I became a mom
How did you get into music?
Kira: Music has always played a big role in my life – I used to sing and perform in front of the mirror as a teenager, but always behind closed doors. It wasn’t until Buzz T. came into my life that we started taking it seriously. I was singing along to the radio one day and then the next thing I knew we were in a band together. We haven’t stopped since!
Who do you find your inspirations?
I’d say our greatest inspiration for making music comes from our own life experiences before anything else. Everything starts with emotion. I guess the hardest part is to channel those emotions into something honest and authentic without letting your head get in the way. I’m inspired by anyone who can do this in whatever discipline. In terms of singers I always admired Tracy Chapman, Rod Stewart, Jannis Joplin but I’ve also been influenced by more modern artists like Pink, Sam Fender, Dermot Kennedy. I love and respect all of those a great deal!
Tell us all about your latest single Diggin In The Dirt?
Joey: With “Diggin In The Dirt” we wanted to write a fun light hearted song that was also a realistic and authentic expression of the hardships we have all faced through lockdown. The widely felt loneliness, disconnect and frustration. We really feel as though the first step to overcoming emotional difficulty is to express honestly how you feel. We hope that the track will provide some form of release for people. I think the video will at least give them something to smile about!
How long did it take to write the song?
Buzz T.: This has been the quickest song we ever wrote. I was on the phone with Joey who told me that lockdown was starting to get to him a bit and how much he was missing human interaction even with people he didn’t know. This is what inspired me. I then sat down and the first verse just came to me. The music was finished in less than a day and we finished the rest of the lyrics together within the next few days. The funny thing about this is that we’ve been working on our album for two years taking so much time to create great songs and in the end there’s this song which just captured the moment and zeitgeist and we ended up choosing that for our first single.
Where does the inspiration for the song come from?
Kira: Lockdown. We are all struggling with lack of human connection. It’s hard to not be allowed to see family and friends and that’s kind of become normal now which is frightening. The inspiration also came from these feelings and having such fundamental rights taken away by the virus such as being able to touch and embrace love.
Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown?
Kira: We took the chance to calm down and look inward and took the time to really develop our sound. We haven’t really stopped over lockdown. We are always working on something. We can’t wait to share the new album in 2022. We are all really proud of it!
Did it surprise you the reactions that you have been receiving for your music?
Kira: I’m always really taken aback by how positive and supportive the feedback is! Normally I would say I’m a pretty confident person but when it comes to going on stage I still get really nervous. After the first song though I’m fine though and I’m just really happy to be right where I am. All the people who visited our concerts were just brilliant and everyone has been so supportive. Having direct contact with those who appreciate and listen to our music really motivates and inspires me.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
Buzz T.: I’ve lately seen a post on Instagram which is the best answer to this question.
A great record is:
A great master
of a great mix
of a great recording
of a great performance
of a great song
Don’t skip the work and never forget all the important steps that go into making a great record. A great song will trump all else. Don’t build a house on a weak foundation.
You have an album coming soon as well, what can you tell our readers about that?
Joey: “Where are we Runnin ” is our new album which we will be releasing next year after a few more singles. It’s a very intimate album. We drew inspiration from a large array of different life experiences. The whole album is about connection and overcoming adversity. A constant theme kept coming up while we were writing and that was the theme of building bridges instead of walls and boundaries.
Kira: Many of the songs have different musical directions but they all fit together nicely because they all come from a place of facing life head on. We have also secured some really exciting features with other artist which was a wonderful new experience for me. We have a beautiful song coming called “Love you alone” that we are really excited to release. We’ve worked on it with the talented up and coming Brighton Rapper Jarki Monno. There is alot to look forward to.
How do you warm up for a show?
Kira: I can’t eat anything right before the show because of the nerves. I try to ignore it by focusing on different things .. I try to calm down by getting ready while I do my make up and clothes. Actually there is always one thing I do before going on stage. I put on a perfume called Eisenberg J’Ose right before going on stage. It’s become a bit of a superstition for me.
Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows or online shows coming this year?
Joey: We are just starting to organise a small UK tour this October around the London area as well as a few other venues around the country. We are also planning on a bigger UK tour the following year! All tour info can be found at www.madhattersdaughter.com
What is one of your favourite songs to perform live?
Kira: It’s hard to say. Every song has a story or emotional aspect behind it, I still like to do ‘Hurt’ because it all started with this one. ‘Sweet Home’ was our first own song which was played on the radio and it was always a great feeling to perform this because audiences would often sing along. I’m really excited to perform all the new tracks too and see how people react to them. We have a few really powerful one so can’t wait to see the response
What are the toughest songs to perform live and why?
Kira: There is a new song on the upcoming album which will be a challenge because it’s really personal – facing problems in relationships etc.. hopefully I will be able to put my emotions a bit aside at that moment – so no tears or anger come out and get in the way of the performance.
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
Kira: The three of us have done a lot of songwriting together, Buzz T. produced the new album. I have also always loved making things with my hands so I’ve been busy creating the artwork for our shootings. My background is in fashion design so i have a lot of fun creating handmade clothing as merchandise for fans..
Has it led to lots more songs?
Joey:We have never really suffered from writer’s block or anything like that. If an emotion is poignant enough we make music and we are a pretty emotional bunch so there is never a shortage of new songs! The main problem is all of the additional work that comes along with making it. The business side takes up so much time now we are getting more and more recognised.
Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
Kira: There is a new track called ‘Wolves’ on our upcoming album and the idea came up when we’ve been on holidays and visited an old museum with stuffed animals – there was a wolf and our little girl immediately started to howl and we all – Buzz T., me and the grandparents – joined her.. so the idea for this song was born and that’s why we included howling into the song .. so stay tuned it’s a wild one! 😉
What are your plans for 2021?
Joey:We have two more double sided singles to release this year (one in summer and one in autumn), a small UK tour in autumn as being planned currently and we are working on some interesting partnerships and always writing new music as well.
And finally why should people check out your music?
Kira: I would always encourage people to check out newcomers or independent bands, there are so many special artists out there who have so much to offer. I would invite people to listen to our music with the hope they are able to find a piece of themselves in it. We have worked so hard on ourselves and our craft and sacrificed a lot to do what we do. It comes from our hearts! People should listen to our music because it was written with love.