Debra-Jean Creelman shares inspiration behind “How Many Times”

Although she’s been making music professionally for 25 years, it wasn’t until recently that Debra-Jean Creelman felt she had finally found her voice. The result is the 6-song experimental electro-pop EP Triggers & Mirrors.

The first single from the upcoming EP finds Debra-Jean at her most vulnerable, dissecting the trauma and patterns that are passed down from generation to generation. “How Many Times” captures this sentiment in a prodding electronic soundscape.

Today we are very excited to share with you the new video and our discussion with Debra-Jean Creelman below.

Can you talk to us about the inspiration behind “How Many Times”?

This song is about freeing myself from the traditional restrictions and societal obligations of being a woman and not passing on the programs and patterns I inherited to a child of my own. 

How has your community contributed to your success?

The music community in Vancouver is rich with some of the most talented and kind humans on the planet. I was fortunate enough to collaborate with several of them on this recording.  James Meger (Peggy Lee’s Echo Painting, Sick Boss), Jesse Zubot (Tanya Taqaq), and Molly Guldemond (Molly Guldemond) supported me musically and otherwise as I gained confidence and momentum during the making of this record. Getting to call these people my peers keeps me going when I feel daunted/jaded by the music business.

What advice would you give other musicians?

Not sure other musicians need my advice. The real deal ones make music, because they have to. So I guess maybe, “don’t let the bastards grind you down”?

Describe to our audience your music-making process.

Sometimes very fun and cathartic, other times arduous and full of angst.

How did it feel when you released this new music?

“How Many Times” and it’s accompanying video are the first thing of my own I’ve ever felt truly proud to put out into the world. I feel more inspired to make music than I have in a long time….

If you could collaborate with any musician/band, who would it be? And why?

Louise Burns ( Cuz she’s a musical force. Pro bass player, prolific songwriter, and busy producer. She’s also very fun to drink wine and make jokes with. Her new record “Portraits”, is out on November 8th. 

What first got you interested into music?

Music is definitely in my blood. My grandparents had an early jazz band (Grandma played the keys, and Grandpa played the drums), that I got to sing with at family gatherings and jam sessions. My dad also played several instruments and there was always music on the stereo. I never stood a chance.