Photography // Tara Jam – press.
Words by Ben Beamish.
Fulfilling the prophecy of her name, with Tara meaning “star,” Tara Jam is one of the most exciting independent artists currently rising within the industry, independently sharing singles that are as tasteful as they are intricate. A massively talented singer, songwriter and director, Tara Jam creatively directs all her visuals, and has already been nominated for a “Best Canadian Independent Music Video” award, on top of experiencing considerable success on YouTube, Spotify and radio.
Now, Tara Jam is back with her latest single, sharing an impressive and soothing ballad with “Daily Dose.” In comparison to her previous singles, trap-pop gem “Motion Sickness” and ambient, 80s-inspired tune “Invade My Space,” “Daily Dose” is much more toned-down. Driven by smooth piano chords and subtle string melodies, all the weight of the arrangement is carried by Tara Jam’s impressive vocal performance and harmonies, as she tells her personal story in a masterful way.
“Daily Dose is a track that came to me at 4am one morning when I was soothing my sleeplessness with my normal cure of playing piano,” reveals Tara Jam about the creation of the song. “I was thinking about the universal pain we all experience as humans and the different ways we self-medicate. Life is incredibly beautiful but it also holds damage, inconsistency, and confusion.”
“Despite everyone sharing these sentiments of pain, we are never really ‘taught’ how to communicate or transmute it in safe and supported ways, so we opt for easy fixes: pills, alcohol, relationships and lifestyles that all serve as band-aids for the pain we feel deep within our core. This is the exact process that I wanted to write about and indulge in emotionally. It’s about the recognized and repeated destructive behaviours that feel impossible to break since they have been so deeply embedded into our minds and actions. But with all pain, we all hold the power and ability to truly self-examine and heal.” – Tara Jam.