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Tuesday 20 February 2018

My life in lyrics: Orla Gartland

Orla Gartland talks tunes with Niall Byrne

Orla Gartland is only 18, but the self-confessed "ginger nutcase" has become a favourite of her peers online. She has spent the last four years posting covers on YouTube, which have captivated an audience. Her first was a cover of Beyonce's Halo and her talent was clear then. She has amassed 81,000 subscribers and just shy of 10 million views on her channel in that time.

Gartland celebrated finishing school by going on a five-date, sell-out UK and Irish tour this summer. She's just released her debut EP Roots which climbed to the number one slot during the first week of release on iTunes, the same week as Lady Gaga dropped ARTPOP. As a big fan of singing other people's songs, Day & Night thought it would only be prudent to ask Orla about her favourite lyrics.

What is your favourite song lyric of all time and why?

"If you love me, why'd you leave me?" – Kodaline, All I Want. It's heartbreaking in its simplicity and tragically relatable.

What lyric do you find yourself singing in the shower or around the house?

"It makes no sense how he treats you how could you miss the signs?" – a song called Care by Hudson Taylor. Such a tune.

What is your favourite lyric of your own?

Woah. Hard one. Probably "You wouldn't know a good thing if it slapped you in the face," from a song called Clueless.

Who is your favourite songwriter at the moment?

Ooh. Probably the Haim sisters, Lorde, or a band called The 1975. There's a song from Lorde I love called Team – there's a line that says "I'm kind of sick of being told to throw my hands up in the air, so there". It's like a stab at chart songs that order you straight onto the dance floor.

What is your favourite lyric about love?

"Only ever in dreams I wrap my arms around you" – from Sad Dream by a wicked American singer called Sky Ferreira.

What song or lyric best describes you?

"You and I, we see the stranger side of things," on the song Stranger Side by Gabrielle Aplin. I like to people-watch and make up stories for strangers. Is that weird?

What songs inspired your new Roots EP?

For the percussive elements of the EP I drew inspiration from Regina Spektor's earlier album Begin to Hope. Although the EP is so different from it, there's a song called Youth by Daughter which made me fall in love with electric guitar, which influenced the EP big time.

Who are your favourite songwriters who have influenced your own music?

Imogen Heap is a big one for me. There's also a band I love called Everything Everything.

What's your favourite song to wake up to?

Jake Bugg has a song called Seen it All with big crashy drums and a big chorus. That one usually wakes me up!

What's your favourite song with an expletive it in and why?

I like the new Lily Allen song. It's like a big political statement about women in the music industry. A wicked comeback.

What's your guilty pleasure song?

I shamelessly love every single One Direction song.

Do you have a favourite sad song?

I love sad songs. My fave is probably Wait it Out by Imogen Heap.

Do you have a love song that you can't get enough of?

Lana del Rey's Video Games is a good one. Foundations by Kate Nash is my favourite anti-love song, too. It's just so charismatic.

What song reminds you of your parents?

Anything by Van Morrison – my dad's fave!

A song that reminds you of a good time in your life?

Busted Year 3000. I was about eight and discovering music for the first time..

A song from this year that you wish you'd written?

Royals by Lorde.

What's your favourite song from an Irish musician at the moment?

Take Me to Church by Hozier. Such a talent, can't wait to hear more.

Irish Independent

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