By: Kat Harlton
Photo Copyright: Darby Ward
For those not caught up with all things British, Darby Ward is the daughter of ‘Real Housewives Of Chesire‘ star Dawn Ward and former Manchester City footballer Ashley Ward. For the past few years she’s been working on her music, while performing at charity functions and private events.
This past May she released her first single ‘Give Love A Try‘ and plans on releasing her debut EP this October. We had the opportunity to catch up with Darby and discuss songwriting, role models and what’s next.
Kat: Could you talk about the inspiration behind your debut single “Give Love A Try”?
Darby: We wrote the track after having a conversation and laughing about how at this point in my life, I was so uninterested in getting into a relationship and the dramas around Boys. But if the right one came a long I’d ‘Give Love A Try’
Kat: What is your songwriting process like?
Darby: A question I get asked a lot! It changes every time! Sometimes we start with chords or a riff and build a melody then lyrics. In others we build around an idea of a top line! It all depends on the day and the people I’m working with in the studio as to how it creatively comes together!
— Darby Ward (@Darby_Ward) May 28, 2018
Kat: Could you speak a little on your musical idols or role models?
Darby: I have so many different role models and artists I take inspiration from for all different reasons! Whether it be vocally, their productions / writing or the way they have built their careers! Growing up my mum was obsessed with Christina Aguilera so I would sit in her car, practice all the riffs, trying my best to hits those top notes! But now like most of my generation I love a range of modern day Artists. My favourites being Postmalone, the 1975, RAYE, George Ezra and obviously Queen B (Beyoncé)
Kat: Have you ever been given any advice in regard to your music career that you felt you really connected with or made an impact? Or do you have any advice that you think would be useful to new artists?
Darby: When I started out doing music I had a vision of one type of music I wanted to sing and could write. I was advised and pushed into different scenarios that broadened my horizons and made me appreciate different styles of music, as well making me more flexible as a writer! After a few years of travelling around from studio to studio I have gained more of an open approach to a constant developing sound and style for my own Artist Project. So I would advise that people have an open approach to trying new sounds and switching things up. Without losing sight of what’s true to yourself and your vision you set out to create!
Kat: Seeing as how you have young sisters, and some young girls or women may see you as a role model, does that affect how you approach social media?
Darby: We live in a crazy world now where social media has so much impact on our lives! To be considered a role model to young girls and women out there is an incredible feeling. So yes I am conscious of everything I post! I try to keep my socials a positive place but also real. I don’t post or say things I don’t believe in. I try to genuinely answer as many of my followers questions and comments as best I can. Especially if it’s something I’ve experienced or can relate too.
Kat: What’s on your playlist right now?
Darby: ‘Shotgun’ George Ezra has been my song on replay this summer! Such a feel good track, especially when we’ve been travelling and the sun is shining!
Kat: What’s next?
Darby: My EP Album is out in October!!! It will also be available on all in flight entertainment systems on British Airways for you guys to check out mid Air.