Uk-bred soul singer Daley has a look that definitely turns heads (you know you love THE HAIR). And that is before he sings. Add the fact that this man is a mere 23 years old and in a city other than New York or Los Angeles for the very first time, just adds more buzz to his music. Many are already familiar with his popular mixtape, Those Who Wait, as well as his Alone Together video featuring Marsha Ambrosius. I had the unique opportunity to sit down with Daley as part of a roundtable before his Baltimore debut as the special guest for DJ Phaze & Teavolve ‘s Presentation of FREELOAD FRIDAY.
As an artist based out of the UK, has the journey to becoming signed any different from that of an American artist?
That’s a funny thing because there is truly no difference. The journey of an artist, although different from each one, still has the same risks and dangers before them. That is why it is so important to be original and be yourself. In the end, that is what people are going to appreciate.
Given the knack of UK soul artists to evoke what we consider “throwback” or “authentic” soul, do you feel the pressure to balance preserving that “authentic” soul sound while simultaneously creating your own?
To me they are not separate. Obviously, we are influenced by American soul music, but in the end, soul is soul. It is what you do from your soul that makes the music your own.
As you continue to acquaint yourself with venues in the various cities, is there an ultimate venue that you would consider your “dream” venue and what do you look for in a desired venue?
I guess my obvious choice would be Madison Square Garden (laughter), but as far as what I look for in a desired venue overall, it would definitely have to be sound quality. The people who come to see you have to hear the music you are giving them.
Who would you include on your collaboration wish list?
Obviously, I would love to work with Prince, but I would have to work my way up to that. He could do a few guitar riffs and that would be great (laughter). Another would be Chaka Khan. Her voice is simply amazing to me. I also like John Mayer as he is a great songwriter.
Special thanks to our good friends at Gypsy Soul and Soulcial Grind PR for arranging the media roundtable.
Stay tuned for our official write up of Daley’s performance.