Duffield learns Backstreet touring tips
Victoria Duffield is back with her second album, called Accelerate. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
With her 2012 debut single Shut Up and Dance earning platinum status and being nominated for a Juno award, Victoria Duffield hit the ground running and her music videos have amassed more than 10 million views on YouTube. The Abbotsford native is back with her second album, called Accelerate. Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the young pop star.
24: You just released a second album and come off touring with Backstreet Boys. Seeing them perform night after night, did you pick up any tricks of the trade?
VD: Just from watching them perform I was taking in tips and one thing I really took from their performances was that they’re really amazing at connecting with each crowd and with each individual in the audience. They’re really good at pulling people into their show and making them a part of it.
24: How have you grown as an artist?
VD: I’ve grown up and matured as a person, which I think is shown through the new album as well — through the writing of the album. My show has expanded and taken steps forward. The album is called Accelerate and for me the word means pushing forward and going after what you want to accomplish and not letting boundaries get in the way.
24: Some of the material is more personal. Does that come from your experiences?
VD: Yes because I’ve graduated high school and I’m a bit older now and as life goes on you experience more things. For my first album, I was probably pulling in more from my friends’ experiences. For this one, I put more of me into it and reflected on certain things that I’ve gone through the past couple of years. To be able to share that with my fans is great because it gives me the chance to connect my fans to my music and connects them closer to me as well.
24: With today’s social media, fans can have pretty direct access to artists and offer feedback both good and bad. What kind of response have you had?
VD: I think social media is really important. It’s a fantastic way to stay in contact with fans between shows and reaching out to them. It’s really a whole other world and it’s great that I’m from an era where you have a way to stay in touch and update them. Social media does allow people to say what they want and they can hide behind a computer and there’s negativity everywhere, but you put that in perspective as someone’s opinion and move forward from it. I’m always thankful for all the positive feedback I get.
24: There’s no shortage of young artists making news for doing the wrong things at the wrong time. How important is it for you to be a positive role model?
VD: It’s great to be in a position to do that. I’ve taken that as an honour to be considered a role model and hopefully I can influence them to work hard and go after their dreams.