Daley first hit the headlines after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz single Doncamatic, after being discovered by the band’s creator Damon Albarn in 2011 in London. He has since become one of the UK’s most respected and underrated exports, who has seen success recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic, and collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Jill Scott, Maxwell and Marsha Ambrosius.
After a year studio-bound, Daley returns to introduce long- awaited new music in the form of Until The Pain Is Gone featuring Neo-soul royalty Jill Scott. The song marks the start of Daley’s next musical chapter, set to include a full LP later in 2016. Check out his website here and follow him on Twitter here…
This is his music…
What is your favourite song of all time?
Very hard question, but probably ‘Both Sides Now’ by Joni Mitchell
Can you remember when you fell in love with it?
Yeah I watched her perform it in an orchestral arrangement live, and it brought me to tears. The lyrics, her aged voice, it was full of experience and really touched me.
Has a song or album ever changed your life?
I don’t know if there’s any specific song or album that has changed my life, but that song was quite life-changing in some ways, it gave me some perspective.
If you could only listen to five albums for the rest of time, what would they be?
Sign O’ The Times – Prince
Frank – Amy Winehouse
No Need To Argue – The Cranberries
Chaka Khan Live – Chaka Khan
Return Of The Jedi – John Williams
How much of your day do you spend listening to music?
At least 80% of every day
What’s your ideal time and place for listening to music?
Anywhere and everywhere, but particularly in a car or on a train. Travelling and listening is good.
What’s the best gig/show you’ve ever been to?
I think it was probably Prince at the London O2. Or Gorillaz at the O2, but technically I was on stage for that one!
Approximately how big is your music collection? And in what format?
I have a CD collection but it’s in the loft somewhere, hasn’t been updated for a while. My collection is now on iTunes, in excess of 12,000 songs.
What does music mean to you?
Music is my therapist. I really believe listening to it and making it keeps me sane. Some people need meditation, yoga, a morning run – I just need music!
What song should we all go and listen to right now to make our day better?
There’s this guy called Daley and his album ‘Days + Nights’ is on iTunes right now… pretty much any of that 😉