Born in Madrid, Laura Durand is a singer, songwriter, and TV presenter. She began her musical journey at a very young age, singing in a gospel choir. She has two studio albums and has appeared on various television shows. Laura has also participated in several festivals, and her song “Dreaming Late at Night” is one of the original tracks on the soundtrack of the Goya Award-winning film, “Tadeo Jones 2: The Secret of King Midas.” In 2019, Laura started producing her new material, between Los Angeles, Miami, and Madrid, which she released in 2020 in a single format.
“Camisa de Flores REMIX” is the result of collaboration between the urban duo Todo el Rato and Laura Durand. This new version of the song, which achieved notable success by topping Shazam charts and becoming viral on social media, thanks to being part of the soundtrack of the reality show Temptation Island, is now produced in an urban style that won’t leave anyone indifferent.
How was the transition from singing in a gospel choir to becoming a singer-songwriter in your solo career?
It was really something that I didn’t choose, I started singing in the gospel choir out of pleasure, because I loved singing and I had a lot of fun doing it. Years later, more opportunities arose, I grew, and it ended up becoming my job.
Could you tell us about the experience of having your song “Dreaming Tarde at Night” selected for the soundtrack of the movie “Tadeo. 2: The Secret of King Midas”? What was it like working on this project?
It was great that one of my first songs was chosen for a movie like Tadeo Jones!! that in addition to being a super blockbuster animated film, which I love, it has a Goya! Go figure! One last!
Regarding the single “Camisa de Flores REMIX”, how did the collaboration with the duo Todo el Rato come about? What was the production process for this remix like?
When I released the song, I didn’t intend to do any type of collaboration, I hadn’t even thought about it… They put us in contact with the guys and it was all very organic! They and I have different musical styles and it seemed like a very good idea to take the song to another more urban place and I think… it turned out very well!
You mentioned that the song reached the top of the Shazam charts and went viral on social media. What was your reaction to seeing the song gain so much popularity?
Sometimes this happens to us, especially to the people who compose our songs, that when we write a song, we don’t really know the impact that song is going to have. You just write it, you like some more than others, of course, but you never know what will happen. For me this song was never one of my favorites, to be honest, but I did see that it had something that people liked! Obviously, reaching the top of the Shazam charts was crazy!
When producing your new material between Los Angeles, Miami and Madrid, were there influences from these cities in your music? If so, in what way?
Yes of course! Traveling has enriched me a lot when it comes to composing and making music! I have worked with very top producers there like Fede Vindver, Joshua Murty, Navi, Daleplay, Oscarcito… I went to Miami for a while and made more urban music, in Los Angeles I returned to Pop and Madrid, it is my city, I have a lot of influence from there because I have grown up with it. Even so, since I was little, I have always been very clear about the type of music I wanted to make, and I still work with the same producer and composer as when I started Vicente Carrasco. Now, I am also working a lot in Mexico with many composers and producers there like Stefano Vieni and I am learning a lot about the culture and people there, I feel that we are very aligned musically and that makes me feel very comfortable.
What are your main inspirations or musical influences when creating your compositions?
I love music and consume many styles of music. I love pop, folk, rock, electronic…. I have grown up listening to music in my house Chris Stapleton, Alanis Morrissette, Frank Sinatra, Queen, Nirvana… For me the music of the 80s/90s/2000s pop rock country… is the best! Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera, Foo Fighters, Whitney, Britney, Kacey Musgraves Avicii… Anyone who follows me knows that my greatest reference is Taylor Swift, not only for her music, but for her entire evolution as an artist.
How do you see your musical style evolving over the years?
I think that my evolution as an artist has gone hand in hand with my evolution and growth as a person… as I have told you before, I think that traveling so much since I was little has enriched me a lot and thanks to that I have learned many things about other styles. of music, cultures, etc… but I have always been clear about where I wanted to focus my music and that I wanted to make pop music with Anglo-Saxon nuances that were a little more folk/country.
What can fans expect from you in your upcoming musical projects?
I haven’t released music for a few years, composing, learning, thinking and focusing on what my next steps were going to be. I didn’t want to release music just to release it, I wanted to really think about what I wanted to tell the world, and above all, what I wanted them to know about me. So at least, I’m sure that the next thing you’re going to hear, very soon, whether you like it less or more, is going to represent what I am, and with that I’m satisfied.
What is it like for you to interact with fans, especially through social media, and how important is this direct contact in your career?
Although it may not seem like it, I am a somewhat shy person and sometimes it is difficult for me to interact with people in general. Also, I’m a bit of a disaster with social media, but I think it’s a great advantage and a platform that gives us a lot of exposure to the artists and the possibility of interacting with our followers directly and I think that helps a lot more to keep us connected to each other. with others.
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