Soaring down from Vancouver Island, the pop-punk artist, producer, and singer-songwriter Darrian Gerard releases a bratty and spiteful anthem with her latest hit, "I'm Not Sorry."
Writing, recording, and producing all of her music, Darrian Gerard is truly making her mark on the independent pop-punk scene. Honing in on her production and instrumentation during the pandemic, Darrian Gerard continued reworking her craft with help from inspirations like Avril Lavigne, blink-182, Angels & Airwaves, Alanis Morissette, and Taylor Swift.
Now releasing her vibrant and punchy pop-punk single, "I'm Not Sorry," Darrian Gerard drenches our speakers in the utmost charisma and attitude while wishing the worst on someone far in the past. Writing this spicy breakup tune in 2015, Darrian Gerard recently mentioned this, "Now, happily in a relationship, it's funny looking back on this song seeing how much raw emotion I poured into the lyrics. It just shows how time can heal almost anything, and heartbreak isn't forever."
Diving deeper into "I'm Not Sorry," the track begins with a flaming hot electric guitar and a fiery bass lick that paves the way for Darrian Gerard's scorching hot performance. As she begins elaborating on the regret she holds for apologizing to someone who didn't deserve it, let alone say it back, Darrian Gerard offers this incredibly spiteful and carefree approach that makes the listening experience all the more intriguing.
We can't help but feel this intense similarity to Avril Lavigne through Darrian Gerard's punk attitude and melodic flair. As Darrian Gerard and her intense instrumentation lead us to the song's end, she continues to belt her explosive vocals while reminding listeners to stand firm in their ground.
Find your voice with help from Darrian Gerard's latest single, "I'm Not Sorry," available on all digital streaming platforms.
We're more than impressed with the raw energy and empowering lyricism you've placed into your recent single, "I'm Not Sorry." Was there a specific moment or experience that sparked the inspiration for this spiteful breakup tune?
I actually wrote this song in 2015 during a time where I really cared about someone who wasn’t quite ready to care about me yet. I always found myself saying sorry, or apologizing for things that I really should’ve gotten an apology for. I think as a girl, it’s difficult to express your emotions or concerns without feeling like you have to constantly apologize for feeling anything but happy. This song has a lot to do with empowerment in the realm of standing up for yourself and being unapologetically true to yourself.
Did you create your dense and powerful instrumentals solo for "I'm Not Sorry?" What was your creative process like when navigating the song's feel and atmosphere?
Yes, I did! Like all my songs, I wrote it on the acoustic guitar to start. When I started producing it, I knew I wanted it to sound bratty and pop-punk. I already had the lyrics and rhythm that I wanted, so that was the easy part. The rest of the production just came naturally and everything fell into place, exactly like the instrumental solo! I honestly just played the guitar to follow my vocals in the bridge and I think it came out pretty darn cool haha.
What did you want your audience to take away from your empowering lyricism within "I'm Not Sorry?"
I want the listeners to know that it’s okay to express your feelings without having to apologize beforehand. It’s okay to let someone know how you feel, even if it’s in a negative aspect because you deserve to be heard. I still even catch myself still apologizing before beginning a sentence, so it’s a reminder for me too to stand my ground and find a way to get my point across without feeling bad for having emotions.
Seeing that "I'm Not Sorry" is your third released single, how do these three songs represent you and your music? How can listeners get to know your sound and style better through these singles?
Looking back at all three songs now, I think they’re all very similar in the fact that I’m singing about empowerment in one way or another. Whether it’s not needing anyone, deciding that you’re going to go for your dreams, or being unapologetic. They all have similar themes in a way that’s telling you to just go for it and stand up for yourself. I would say my style and sound are definitely evolving to a place where it’s starting to emit my favorite artists while also being uniquely me. I love pop-punk, punk-rock, and pop music, and I definitely think my sound is moving in that direction. I’m super excited for the future and what comes next!