Hiya mate thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
Hi Daz. What made you decide to start a band / become an artist?
If there is one thing I took away from my upbringing in a positive light, it was my love for music. I was always fascinated by it, all different types of bands, songwriters, rock n roll, DJ’s, the lot! That turned into picking up a guitar at 15/16 and teaching myself to play / sing and as they say “the rest is history” so so..
I really respect how open and honest you have been around mental health online, what kind of reaction did you get from people engaging with you?
The response to the video I posted and my interview on BBC Radio Sheffield has been amazing. People have been really supportive throughout and people who have been battling their own demons have reached out to me to thank me for being so open about it and how it has allowed them to speak out about their own problems.
Why do you think there is such a big link between mental health issues in the music industry?
I think this is something which has been around for many years and for some reason has never been seriously addressed. We look at the “27 club” as some form of iconic group, but in reality, they are all extremely talented individuals that had so much more to offer, they were very misunderstood and didn’t get the help they needed to see it through their darkest times. I know alcohol and drugs often go hand in hand with “Rock n Roll”, but the second an individual is going down that path to hide away from things they want to push into the back of mind, it’s a rocky road ahead.
What support is out there for people that might be reading this that have struggled with their mental health?
From my personal point of view my counselling and psychology sessions were around domestic violence abuse. Depending on what someone is going through no matter how big or small, there are so many organisations out there that are committed to supporting those in need. I often find the most difficult part of speaking out is the initial process of coming to terms with your demons in an open forum and speaking about them. The stigma which has been able to manifest itself is a huge issue in this and a reason so many men and women don’t speak out about how they are feeling. However, I did feel that this is getting better as each day passes.
How do you think the government have looked after the night time economy / live gig circuit?
To be completely honest and excuse my language, but they have royally f***ed us. Linking this to my last answer, how does the government think that classing all of these talented groups and individuals are people that “need to get other jobs” is going to affect them? it’s our livelihoods, our passion, our fuel, and all they’ve done and are trying to do is take it away from us. They seem to forget how the biggest artists over the last 50 years have helped shape and build the cultures throughout those periods. The arts are so unappreciated and it pisses me off.
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“What sort of second name is that?”
What is the unsigned scene in Sheffield like at the minute?
As a whole I think there are some great opportunities coming out of Sheffield at the moment. Working with the likes of BBC Intro, yourself, Mr Tuffs, Martin Bedford etc, there is a good feeling that if you put in the work and write good music then you can progress in a good way.
What good bands are coming out of Sheffield at the minute?
My favourites at the moment besides Light Tide are Lighting Threads, Alba Rosa and Children Of The State. A good mixture of Rock n Roll, Blues and Psychedelic.
What support is out there for new artists in Sheffield?
Good promoters, music events, promotional companies venturing into Sheffield, a passionate BBC intro team.
How easy or difficult do you find picking up new fans to come to your gigs?
Being honest this has been difficult over the years but persistence is key. it’s important to pick the right gigs to play at the right venue to make sure you’re playing to the right sort of crowd. But is something I am more in tune with than ever and my fan base is growing at a rate I am happy with.
What useless talent do you have/ party trick?
I know how to complete every single skill that there is to know on FIFA and take a lot of enjoyment in completing a fake robona before flicking the ball over my mate’s head and sticking it in the top bin.
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
Headlining the O2 Academy in Sheffield last year, it was probably the best night of my life.
What was the worst experience on stage?
One of my first headline gigs, the guitar strap snapping mid-way through a song and not catching it, the guitar going down with a BANG and the crowd going “ohhhhhhhhhhh”
Who would you like to duet with?
I’ve always wanted to Collab with a female artist at some point to see how both vocals complement one another. So, Harriet Rose Grant within the local scene. Worldwide would be Stevie Nicks or Sam Fender.
What advice would you give someone going into the music industry?
Be brave, follow your gut, work on your craft and be determined to keep writing bigger and better songs, don’t change for anyone.
What advice would you give your younger self ?
Don’t be so naive.
Right now, whats pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus 🙂
KARENS (I PASSIONATLEY HATE JOBSWORTHS)
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
At the moment it’s my upcoming single Copycat. I have a really good feeling about the song, the feedback I am receiving is mind-blowing and it’s up there with one of the best songs I have written.
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
The song is one I wrote towards the end of 2019, Copycat was written from a personal view of seeing no light at the end of the tunnel and never giving up, but then meeting someone that sparks something in you to try again and move forward. I’ve been there in dark dark places, where I didn’t want to be here anymore, and it’s always been the people that have loved me and cared for me that have helped me along my way and to see the good in the world.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
BUY MY SINGLE ON THE 23RD OF OCTOBERAND LET’S GET INTO THE CHARTS TOGETHER!!! MUCH LOVE, DAZ Thanks to Carl and the team for having me x