Darcy Schacher is an American singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter raised in a family of musicians who began singing at the age of four. In the song that presents us today titled “Faithful“, in addition to the voice of Darcy, there is also Fish Michie on the piano, a friend of Darcy’s uncle who worked on mixing and mastering. The song is taken from her debut album, also titled “Faithful” and in this track the singer wanted to create something that was able to move, taking inspiration from artists such as Demi Lovato and Lewis Capaldi. Darcy uses this song to be able to tell a person who hurt her what she always wanted to tell him…
YMX: Hey DARCY, thanks for talking to us. How have these gloomy times been treating you?
DARCY: Thanks so much for having me! The gloomy times have been…gloomy, but there’s still always a light at the end of the tunnel! I had a pretty severe case of COVID back in March and it knocked me out for many months. It put a lot of things into perspective for me and I’m very thankful to be alive and that my family is safe and healthy. Despite all of that, the pandemic has been a time for creativity to flourish and for a lot of self reflection which lends its hand straight back into songwriting for me. I’ve been sitting on my almost finished album for five years for various reasons and I’m so happy to finally be releasing it now!
YMX: How did you decide music was something you wanted to pursue? Are there any particular episodes that inspired you in doing so?
DARCY: I grew up in a family of musicians. My parents have an award winning country band, Aged In The Hills, and my uncle and aunt used to play with them as well. My dad is one of the most talented people on the planet – he plays almost every string instrument known to man, can pick up pretty much any other instrument and play it well, sings and is a harmony perfectionist. My uncle also plays a crazy amount of instruments and sings as well as tours with TG Sheppard and my mom plays bass and sings harmonies. I started singing with my parents band when I was four years old, so music has always been a part of my life. When I was much younger I used to rewrite the lyrics to Shania Twain songs which kick started me into eventually writing my own music. My first experience on stage was when I was either 3 or 4 and the singer in my parents band, Laura Patterson, pulled me out on stage in front of almost 3000 people during the NorthEast Country Music Association Award Show and stuck the microphone in my face and said “you since the choruses, I’ll sing the verses”. Fast forward to when I was nine years old, I became the youngest nominee in NECMA history and got to perform a song by myself at the award show which was broadcast on PBS. I’ve always known this was something I wanted to pursue and I was lucky enough to have been given that opportunity from the start. I’m also super thankful that my parents and uncle came along on the journey with this album and added all of their amazing talents to these songs!
YMX: Here’s a fun game: name 3 artists, or bands, that inspire you and influence your work, and explain why:
DARCY: Demi Lovato has a way of writing that really speaks to me. The passion and vulnerability she puts behind her lyrics are so personal but at the same time, so relatable. When I first heard her song Still Have Me, it literally felt like she took the words right out of my mouth and I just cried because suddenly I felt like someone really understood what I was feeling. While I will always write from my own experience, I would love for listeners to find a comfort in my lyrics if they’ve gone through something similar.
The Civil Wars wrote some absolutely stunning songs. Their sound is folk/singer-songwriter, and they have some amazingly clever yet heartbreaking lyrics. Some personal favorites of theirs are Poison and Wine and Same Old Same Old. I think about their music a lot when I’m writing and how you don’t need a crazy beat drop or synth to create an amazing song. Simple can be special!
As I mentioned before, I used to rewrite lyrics to Shania Twain songs when I was younger. She had a huge impact on me when I was growing up and looking back on it, I don’t think I’d be as serious about performing if it wasn’t for her. I used to play her CDs on repeat in the car nonstop (sorry Mom and Dad), I would choreograph little dances to her songs in my room and I watched the Up (Live in Chicago) concert dvd over and over. She was the coolest person in the world to me. I wanted to be just like her. When I found out that a family friend was her guitarist back in the 90s, it sealed the deal. This was something I had to do!
YMX: You recently released Faithful. Can you tell us how that project came about?
DARCY: My album, Faithful, was written during the span of a two year long abusive relationship with a narcissist that I was in many years ago. I wrote as a coping mechanism and the whole process became somewhat of a therapeutic journey for me. This single in particular was one of the last songs I wrote for the album. After I gained the strength to leave, I had gotten a bunch of texts from my ex ranging from some of the worst things anyone has ever said to me to trying to sweet talk me again. I blocked him and didn’t respond to anything, but I had so much pent up emotion regarding the whole situation that I wrote the song Faithful as a way to get out what I needed to say.
YMX: How did the pandemic affect your personal music recording experience? Was it easy adjusting to working remotely?
DARCY: Luckily for me, my uncle owns a recording studio so all of my music has been recorded there! Unfortunately, he lives in Nashville so anything new that I want to record will have to wait a bit. I have a home studio set up which I could record on, however living in NYC with roommates who work from home makes it hard to do much recording without disturbing them. For now, I’m focusing on writing new music for my next album!
YMX: Professional livestreams seem to be really taking over these days. Is it something you would consider doing?
DARCY: I definitely would consider it! I have a decently large following on Tik Tok (although it’s all for my flying trapeze videos – did I mention I’m also a flying trapeze artist!? Follow me @hiidarcy!). I want to slowly start to introduce my music and/or do livestreams there without scaring away too many of my followers who are there for me flipping through the air!
YMX: Since the pandemic began, online music promotion has become crucial for an artist’s growth. How important is that for you, and are there any strategies you are willing to share with our readers?
DARCY: Right now online promotion is all we’ve got! While I don’t have many strategies per se, I will just say to keep hustling! It’s a struggle for all artists right now, and while we hate being stuck behind our phones and computers, we also now constantly have the opportunity for the WORLD to see us. One of my favorite artists currently, ROSIE, went viral on Tik Tok during the pandemic and now she’s signed with Arista Records!
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
DARCY: My album, Faithful, drops tonight (Feb 12th 2021)! I’m going to be working on finishing up a few new songs and if I can record some tracks here and send them off to my uncle to mix and master in Nashville, I may have some new singles sooner rather than later! As for right now, this album has been about 5 years in the making so I’m very excited to have it drop and have my music out there in the world!