What better way to see out Friday afternoon stresses than the soothing sounds of Daniel James? This new singer on the block has got those in the know talking, thanks to his unique take on pop, melding gospel, folk and soul influences with emotion-filled lyrics. We sat down with him ahead of his UK tour to find out more – read on for everything you need to know about Daniel James.
His acoustic sets are spine-tingling
“When I perform acoustically there’s a raw energy that people seem to dig. I lay it all out for people to either enjoy or not enjoy. It seems to be going alright for now!” Just watch the video above and we think you’ll agree!
He’s an eavesdropper
To inspire his lyrics Daniel says he listens to a lot of people’s conversations on the bus or tube. “As a writer you have to take notice of things around you.”
He taught himself guitar
Daniel has been honing his vocals since he was a kid, but it was more recently that he picked up a guitar. “I’m not the best in the world but I get by. I’m getting better everyday though. Practice y’all!”
He’s supporting Sam Smith on tour
If you’re in with Sam Smith then you’re in with us! Dan met Sam through mutual friends and he’ll be supporting him on the UK leg of his upcoming tour this October. ”I’m so excited, it’s a big step up. I’m still in shock that I’m actually going on it.”
He’s addicted to ham and cheese sandwiches
We’ve got it on good authority that this is an essential part of his tour rider, along with a good selection of drinks. Healthy diet then!
He loves his mam and dad
He grew up in the Irish countryside and says his parents gave him a very loving and supportive upbringing. “When times were tougher I was always taught to see the positives rather than the negatives.” Bless.
He’s got a crush on a Victoria Secret model
“As a kid I quite fancied Julia Stiles, but for now I will say Erin Heatherton.”
Keep up with Daniel James on his Facebook page and look out for a new EP coming soon.
It’s Friday afternoon, which means you’re probably sitting at your desk counting down the minutes ’til the weekend begins! Never fear – we’ve found a great way to kill the time courtesy of these hot new music videos.
1. IGGY AZALEA FT. RITA ORA - ’BLACK WIDOW’
The sound? Ozzie rapper-girl Iggy Azalea gets a little vocal help from Rita Ora on new single ‘Black Widow’
The story? The pair show off their best Samurai moves in a Tarantino-inspired plot to bring down the bad guys (including Tarantino actor Michael Madsen). Kill Bill eat your heart out.
The sound? American rock kings The Black Keys are back with new track ‘Weight of Love’
The story? A beautiful but somewhat creepy cult of women (led by supermodel Lara Stone) live in a lighthouse on the beach, spending their time hair braiding and doing group aerobics. Directed by Miley Cyrus’ rumoured BF Theo Wenner, it has more of a short-film feel than your standard music vid
After a brief stint in Dublin last year, Camden Crawl is back in its namesake home for 2014! So why pick this festival above the rest? With your wristband you’ll be given access to some 25 stages dotted around Camden’s coolest venues, with a line-up by in-the-know curators like Dalston clubbers The Nest Collective and top music blog The Line of Best Fit. Offering an eclectic mix of genres, spanning acts from US indie rockers Of Montreal to Swedish techno DJs The Field you can guarentee there’s something for all your mates.
We caught up with another of the festival’s must-see acts to hear more. Meet Kacey Underwood, one half of hot indie duo Big Deal…
Hi Kacey! So what’s the vibe like at Camden Crawl?
Great bands and people spilling onto the streets to party. What could be more fun?
Which acts are on your must-see list?
We’re looking forward to Crushed Beaks, Paws and TRAAMS. But it’s great to just wander around to catch new bands that other people are excited about.
What can we expect from your set?
It’s at the The Black Cap on the high street which is always fun! You can expect to hear lots of songs from our new EP.
What do you love about Camden?
I used to live there, but it’s changed quite a bit since then. I love Primrose Hill and always imagine Paul McCartney getting song ideas on strolls there. I hate incense so steer clear of the markets!
What look will you go for on stage?
Camden’s famous punk store Cyber Dog is just down the street so really we should be clad in pleather and spikes and about seven inches taller with our platforms on. When in Rome!
A morning lost to the endless playlist-making opportunities of Soundcloud led us to discover Arizona popstress Zella Day. And now we’re hooked. From the stomping beats of ‘Sweet Ophelia’ to a haunting cover of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, we’ve fallen for this girl’s enchanting voice, not to mention her effortlessly boho look. We caught up with her for a quick chat on her style and sound.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?
What’s ‘Sweet Ophelia’ about? What inspired the lyrics?
It’s about losing something irreplaceable, an emotion that’s universally understood.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Frank Ocean! I go nuts for his lyrics. He has a gritty approach to his music – he isn’t trying to hide anything and it’s that vulnerability that I really respect.
What would your music sound like together?
Our music together would be a hybrid called Frezella Docean and it would sound like the sweetest nightmare you’ve ever had.
What are your wardrobe go-tos?
I live in vintage slip dresses – I like the romantic look of them and it means I’ll never run into somebody wearing the same thing! I also have the dopest black platforms from Topshop that I found at Nordstrom and I kind of wear them with everything and would wear them to sleep if I could.
Any style icons?
I’ve caught the Erin Wasson bug. She wears boots like no one else and she’s proud to be exactly who she is. Her taste is impeccable from the art hanging on her walls to her messy hair. Give me some of that fire!
Tell us something no one else knows…
I have a belly dancing costume in my closet, and not a Princess Jasmine kind, the real deal.
Keep up-to-date with Zella Day on her Facebook page.
Festival season is officially here, kicking off this weekend with the sunny style extravaganza that is Coachella festival. Sadly most of us will be stuck at our desks in not-so-scorching Blighty while the style set are living it up in the Californian desert, but that hasn’t stopped us from sending our spies to get the skinny.
And who better to give you the insider scoop than DJ and ultimate cool-girl Harley Viera Newton? Harley will be taking over our Instagram account over the weekend, so stay tuned to get the Coachella goss before anyone else. In the meantime, we quizzed Harley on how she’s gearing up for a super stylish Coachella ’14.
Can you sum up Coachella in three words?
What a weekend!
Do you change up your signature style for a festival?
Definitely not! Festival style ultimately has to be about comfort. You’re walking around for hours and don’t want your outfit to make you feel uncomfortable in any way.
What outfits are you planning this year?
I’ve been to several Coachellas and have learned the hard way that you have to keep it really light, comfortable, and breezy. It’s HOT there, so I’ll be going for easy airy pieces in fun prints.