We featured the talented UK artist back in October of 2010 when he covered Maxwell's track "Pretty Wings". We've watched him blossom into the UK music scene after MTV and BBC's 1Xtra Radio show featured him, and was also there when he later expanded his career with the release of his debut EP/Mixtape "Those Who Wait". We are excited to introduce to you once again -- Daley.
You've written your own tracks since you were a teenager. Take us into your world and how your create your music.
I sit down and try to sum up the main thing that on my mind into a phrase and elaborate on it. That's what I've been doing recently. If I'm trying to write about something that I'm really feeling at the time, then I try to do that. I try to catch the essence of it and then build around it from there. That can either be building the music around the lyrics.. or writing the lyrics around the music. Sometimes if the music is already prepared then I just go with melodies and then write the lyrics on top. Just whatever feels right.
Going back a few months, talk to us about the hurtles that you encountered when pushing out your EP "Those Who Wait".
Putting it out wasn't that stressful. I put it out with just the intention of giving people music. It's intent was not to make a profits. I was finishing up my album and wanted people to have something to listen to, rather than live performances on Youtube. The fact it's done well has just been a bonus. It's had over 25,000 downloads just from word of mouth which makes me really happy! No hurdles! But at the same time.. since it's been doing well, I wanted more from it. I want people to hear it and pass it around. We also just released the video for "Smoking Gun" which has overall had a positive response.
Are you with a current label at the moment?
I'm signed to Polydor, which in the UK is Universal Music.
You had your big break when you moved to London and were first featured on UK's very own BBC 1Xtra Radio show. How has life been since then?
It's been gradual thing for me because I moved down from Manchester to London and that was the biggest step in a way because thats when I was able to get my music out to the right audience and start collaborating with people to make more music. The Gorillaz collaboration I did in 2010 was the next step and just got my name out to a wider audience and also did a collaboration with Estelle and David Banner? So it's just things along the way that allowed my name to stay relevant and led up to my EP.
Your new album which is due out next year. Talk to us a little about that project.
The album is out in the spring of 2012, but I dont have a name for it yet. It's an extension of the mixtape in a sense that continues the journey of what I've been doing in the past two or three years. I'm really trying to keep the focus on the quality and delivery of the songs. I always classify myself as a soul artist and the way I sing comes from soul music. I want the album to sonically sound as though it was made now. Not too retro, but at the same time not too futuristic.That’s the key for me. Just keeping what people love about soul music and the emotion of that while blending it with something that is very “now”.
You collaborated with Marsha Ambrosius for the track "Alone Together" on your EP "Those Who Wait". What's the story behind the song?
I was doing some writing in New York and the opportunity came to get in the studio with Marsha while she was in town. I was already a fan of all the stuff she has done previously. We met up in the studio and started writing. It was kind of strange in a way that you meet up with someone that you never met and write. All the ideas we had together just worked together.
Prince is probably your biggest inspiration. What's so special about him for you?
Prince -- He just has a vast amount of music that he has made throughout his career. It blows my mind! Not only his own music, but the music he’s written for other people. Through doing that, all the genres that he has covered. There’s so much to take from it. He plays his own music, and the fact that he plays his own instruments, and produces his own music. He’s literally the first artist that made me feel that there’s nothing you can’t do. Whichever direction you want to go in, whatever song you want to write.. Everyone might now like it. But you can do it, and do it well. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t listen to a Prince song.