While JES is a very well known vocalist in the scene, there is another lovely lady who is quickly garnering attention for her contributions to EDM. Adara, known for her feature on Shogun’s Beatport Chart No. 1 “Dragon”, is quickly making a name for herself in the industry. She released her first single “Expose” in December of last year and we’re definitely looking forward to hearing more from her! We got the chance to chat with this talented beauty about her ventures in music, fashion, and the EDM world. Check it out below.
iHR: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Adara: Well, my name is Adara I am a multi-instrumentalist electronic singer/songwriter originally from Colorado and now splitting my time between Nashville and Atlanta. My passion in life is to create music. I’m also passionate about the environment and I hope that through my music I will have a platform to help protect this beautiful world of ours.
iHR: How did you get your start in the music industry and how did you end up in the EDM world?
Adara: I got my start in the music industry by attending the Kauai Music Festival when I was 16 years old in Hawaii. It was there that I met my mentor David Pack and other industry connections that helped me so much when I moved to Nashville, Tennessee. In music city, I was able to hone my craft of songwriting. I learned a lot about the business from working at a publishing company on music row. It wasn’t until a few years later that I met my producer, Ross Lara, during a cowriting session. I wrote my first electronica song with him, and from that moment I was HOOKED!
iHR: I know you’ve collaborated with Shogun on “Dragon” which is beautiful, by the way. If you had the chance to work with any DJ/Producer you wanted to, who would it be?
Adara: I’d love to work with Porter Robinson. He has beautifully mixed the big house sound we love with a youthful, indie twist.
iHR: Who are some of your favorite DJs?
Adara: I love the music of Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Super8 and Tab, Porter Robinson, and Zedd.
iHR: Tell us a little more about your song “Turn The World”. What were your inspirations for the song?
Adara: Everybody knows, but it’s easy to forget that a revolution starts with a single idea. The verses of “Turn the World” highlight how the smallest things can have the greatest impact, like an atom or even a kiss. It’s about awakening an army of dreamers. I feel like we’ve forgotten just how powerful our ideas are. I want to remind people that their voice counts because the power of one is strong enough to turn the world.
iHR: Who or what inspires your music?
Adara: Life, nature, love, and beautiful stories inspire my music. You can get inspiration from anywhere, you just have to be open to it.
iHR: We heard you’re starting to dabble in the fashion industry as well, tell us more about your fashion ventures!
Adara: Yes! I love fashion. I recently worked with designer Mychael Knight (from Project Runway) on a custom design which I love! We just did a photo shoot with the outfit which turned out great. My favorite piece is the metallic hooded scarf. It looks like liquid metal when the light hits it.
iHR: What inspired you to get involved in the fashion industry?
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, while evoking an emotion in the wearer.
iHR: Who are your fashion inspirations and why?
Adara: One of my favorite designers has a line called Divamp Couture. There is a lot of fantasy in his designs. He creates armor-like pieces that make the wearer look strong and larger than life. There are so many intricate lines and curves. It’s art. I’m always inspired by designers that create a magical world with their clothing. I like strong, futuristic pieces.
iHR: How would you describe your personal style?
Adara: First word that comes to mind is strength. I like strong, statement pieces. My style incorporates a lot of metallics, silver and gold. I’m big into more monochromatic color schemes and usually stick with silver, gold, black, and cream with hints of electric blue. Tight pants and great high tops or boots are a must. My clothing incorporates futuristic space themes with hints of fantasy.
iHR: Where can we see some of your designs?
Adara: Right now, you can catch the design I worked on with Mychael Knight in my recent photos. Our plan for 2015 is to create a few more pieces that really represent my world and my music.
iHR: Speaking of fashion, what are your thoughts on all of the eccentric festival costumes and outfits?
Adara: I LOVE that people chose to express themselves through their fashion at festivals. I think the outfits are phenomenal. Fashion is about taking risks and using your body as a canvas for art. To me, it represents freedom which is one of the things I love the most about the Electronic Music genre.
iHR: Do you attend festivals or events? If you do, tell us about your favorite festival experiences.
Adara: I’ve only been to a few festivals as of yet, but I had an incredible time at Tomorrow World in Atlanta, GA. It was phenomenal looking at all of the people from all over the world raising their flags and dancing together to the same song in front of the main stage. It was an incredible example of unity through music.
iHR: What do you normally like to wear to festivals? Do you like to dress up or do you keep it casual?
Adara: I definitely like to dress up, but my style is slightly different from the norm. It’s a combination of futuristic and outer space. My favorite thing to wear is my space visor sunglasses from Cyberdog (an amazing store in the UK).
iHR: What are some of your festival fashion favorites?
Adara: I am in love with the gloves with colored lights at the end of the finger tips! They look amazing when dancing.
iHR: What do you think of the rave lifestyle and culture of “PLUR” in America?
Adara: I don’t have a lot of experience in the rave lifestyle but I can speak to the beauty that is PLUR. You can see it and feel it every time you are at an electronic music concert. Everyone comes together to share in the journey that the music takes you on and for that time, no one seems to judge any one. Everyone dances freely, expresses themselves, wears amazing outfits, and just lets go. There is such a feeling of love and unity. It’s beautiful to see a piece of the world united by music.
iHR: What do you have in store for us in 2015?
Adara: New music, collaborations with some of my favorite DJ’s, more fashion, charity work, and live shows It’s going to be a great year!
iHR: Any advice for someone who wants to be successful in the music industry?
Adara: Stay true to who you are and what makes you special and unique. Dare to be different. People are going to have a lot of opinions. Listen to them but don’t get lost in it. Keep your goal and your vision in mind and always follow your heart.
iHR: Where can we follow you?
iHR: Thank you so much for taking the time to interview with us! We can’t wait to hear more from you Aadra!
Adara: I had a great time talking with you. Let’s talk again soon. I’ve got new music coming your way
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