Adeline Premieres ‘Hi Life,’ Talks New York City Magic
French-Caribbean singer and producer Adeline is a true force of nature. As the front woman of the predominantly male, Brooklyn-based disco outfit, Escort, Adeline flaunts her feminine prowess as much on stage as she does in song. These days, though, the singer-songwriter-producer is focusing her efforts on her solo career.
Today (November 5), Adeline shares her new track, “Hi Life,” exclusively with TIDAL. Part of her upcoming LP, Adeline, “Hi Life” is a song about the magic-induced moments that only the New York City skyline can create. In the Q&A below, Adeline elaborates on the anecdotes of late nights and early mornings as a newcomer in Brooklyn, what this project as a whole means for female artists and how she maintains a fearless attitude.
What does “Hi Life” represent as part of your upcoming project?
“Hi Life” is a song about how I came to New York and being young in New York, having aspirations and being excited. I just wanted to recreate that feeling that I had, specifically the magic of crossing the Manhattan bridge and seeing the skyline. Something about it is always magical to me. This track reminded me of crossing the bridge at 5 o’clock in the morning when it’s becoming daylight.
Do you feel like you still have the connection with the city after having lived here for over a decade?
Once in a while, yeah. I don’t feel the New York magic anymore. I’ve been in New York for almost 14 years now. Sometimes I do when I come back from traveling or when I meet people that have just arrived, but really, I get this reminiscent, nostalgic feeling only when crossing the bridge, and I feel exactly how I felt. Only when I cross the bridge do I feel that; it’s so weird.
What are some other important themes in your project?
The task that I’m taking on is giving a voice to women in the music business. It’s such a men-driven world. We need to see what’s happening in Hollywood with female directors starting to speak up. The growing number of female directors needs to be applied to female producers in the music business. If there’s one message I can try and spread, it’s for women to start producing their own music.
How does it feel doing music on your own terms outside of Escort?
It’s a lot more challenging. All the decisions are mine. I executive produced the album, so I just realized that there are choices to make constantly. It’s a lot of pressure, but I also realize I’m making all these choices for me and I’m doing this for me, and I have to do something that makes me happy and that I like. I believe that when artists get to that point of being able to hear themselves is when they touch people. There’s a sense of freedom and a sense of being real and truly yourself that other people can resonate with. That’s what I learned doing that. It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s also a lot of fun.
Do you feel like you surprised yourself in the process of putting this project together?
I’ve been writing and producing for years, I just had not put anything out yet. I had been through that process, and I had been developing that process quietly. When I started to release it is when I felt ready in my learning process as a producer. The part that I learned about myself is to be fearless, to try and really push myself more as a person, more as a woman than as a musician. The musicality is there, so it’s a matter of, as a person, accepting it and being decisive and fearless.
I think your fearlessness is a big part of what attracts people to you as a musician. Have you always been like that, or do you have to push yourself?
I’ve always been fearless since I was very little, but you can always push yourself more. There always comes a point when you can do even more than you think you can, and that’s when it gets challenging. I just take leaps of faith once in a while, and what I’ve learned is that I never regret it.
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