We had the good fortune of connecting with Adara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adara, what inspires you?
As a music artist, I’m always inspired by the complexity of the human experience. I’m inspired by the extraordinary potential of human beings. We all have the capability of changing the world, and that doesn’t just mean some grandiose action. Small acts of kindness and love can do that. I think that everyone has so much beauty inside of them and I want to convey that through my music. I try to put messages of hope, strength, and love into my lyrics and brand. I’m also incredibly inspired by space, technology, and the future. I incorporate that into my lyrics and visuals. I am extremely passionate about promoting S.T.E.A.M. to the younger generations.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a futuristic electronic pop artist. What sets me a part is my true love for space and futurism and my dedication to promote S.T.E.A.M. through my music, visuals, and shows. At some of my live concerts, I have educational booths setup where you can hold a 5 billion year old meteorite and learn all about new space flights and technology. I also work with designers and sew to create a lot of my own fashion, especially the outfits in my music videos. My videos tell a sci-fi inspired story and as an artist, I stand for hope, strength, and love. I try to focus on the deeper experiences in life and the grander messages about the human experience. I’m most proud of the moments when a listener reaches out and tells me how my music has gotten them through a really hard time or inspired them. And I’m especially proud of the moments when a child gets inspired to learn more about space because of my music and branding!
It was not easy getting to where I am today professionally. I’ve done a lot of collaborations with electronic DJ’s, and more times than not, female vocalists and songwriters like myself get mistreated. I’ve had credit and royalties taken from me. However, when it leads to moments where I’m on stage at a club and the audience is singing a long to the words I’ve written, that makes every painful moment worth it! I’ve learned to have more detailed contracts put in place during these collaborations. I’ve also learned to not be afraid to ask for what I’m worth as an artist and to stand up for myself. I’ve also learned to stay true to my vision as an artist and to believe in myself even during the hard times. It’s a LONG journey but it is worth it. I am learning to focus on the multitude of good things, instead of letting the few struggles and let downs define my experience in the music industry.
I’m still trying to prove myself as an independent artist and build my career, but to know that my music has already touched so many people is the greatest reward in the universe! Music is such a powerful art form, and I want my art to make a positive impact on everyone who listens to it!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The very first stop would absolutely be the Adventure Science Center in Nashville, TN! This is my favorite place in town. There is so much to learn and explore. Before the museum officially opened, we’d do some early morning yoga in the Sudekum digital planetarium. After that, once the museum opened, we’d pretend to be astronauts doing a space walk, and then we’d see a planetarium show. We’d also have to walk through the space exhibit, of course!
Midday, I’d have a studio session to record a new song.
Then, we’d go for a hike around Radnor Lake. It’s so beautiful and peaceful. We’d grab some dinner at my favorite restaurant, Umami (in Lenox Village), for some amazing sushi.
After dinner, we’d hit a live performance downtown. Then, if there was a special event taking place, we’d head up to the Dyer Observatory for a viewing of a celestial event on their incredible massive telescope. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my entire family and team members who always support me behind the scenes. It takes a village to raise an artist and that all started with my parents. From after school performing arts activities as a young child and helping me carry instruments to all of my live performances, to supporting me pursuing a professional music career, my parents have always been there to support my dream. My entire family has been so incredibly supportive, attending and helping plan my shows, sewing my costumes, and so much more!
I also have to give a shout out to Landon Dirickson (laywer), Ryan Smith (Shure artist rep), Teri Carpenter (publisher), and Daniel O’Neil (manager) who have believed in my vision and work so hard to help me bring it to life! It’s an uphill battle for an independent artist, and these people stay with me through the highs and lows of the music industry!
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