Some artists are classified as a genre other than what they truly aim to be. What genre do you consider yourself?
I feel like if I had to be a genre or pick a thing I would just say singer/songwriter. Which isn't really a genre but only because I’m kind of quite known for R&B, soulful sound. But that’s not all I do, it’s just those are the songs that have kind of jumped out I think. I guess like an Alternative soulful pop singer.
What made you choose your stage name as your last name rather than your first and your last name?
Yeah, just that my first name, which I have no problem with, Gareth, is like every time I say it to someone, especially in America, people always ask, “like Gary?.” People don't get it the first time, so I just thought Daily was just kind of easier to remember.
How long have you been making music, both professionally and personally?
It’s been since I was about 15. Well not professionally, that was personally, professionally, since I was 21, so seven years.
Was there a defining moment when you realized this would be your career?
Well, I wrote this demo very early on called “Rainy Day,” I used to perform it live and that what would grab the attention of record labels, that one song. That was the first song I wrote and I felt like I really had written an autobiographical song.
Who are some of your musical influences as singer/songwriter?
I would say Prince, Joni Mitchell, George Michael, and Amy Winehouse.
Being from Manchester, who is your favorite artist that also comes from Manchester?
I wouldn't say that any of the artists that have come from Manchester are actually my favorite of anything, but I used to love Oasis whenever I was younger, love The Smiths, I liked a little bit of Simply Red. I mean they were probably my three, sort of “picks.”
You have collaborated with internationally known artists: Jessie J, Pharrell, Gorillaz, of course. If you could collaborate with any artist or band, dead or alive, who would it be?
Maybe Chaka Khan, I would really want to sing with Chaka Khan. So probably Chaka or Prince, or [Image in Heat] or someone like that.
Can you talk a little bit about your most recent album and how you feel it represents where you’re at in your music career?”
The debut album, came out a year and a half ago, and it’s something that I’m really proud of you know? It’s my first “official” release, like full-length, so I got to express a lot of what I was going through at the time, and even with a year and a half gone, I still feel really happy with everything that I put into it, and I work with amazing people. The new stuff is kind of just the next chapter about me. Yeah, it keeps a lot of the same principles and helps capture the thing that people like about me which is the soulfulness of the core of the song and how my lyrics are relatable. I just keep improving my vocal performances and the sonic sound of the album.
Is this your first headlining tour?
No, this is my [fourth] in the States. I did an album release tour in 2013, then in 2014 an acoustic, unplugged, tour, and then this one.
How is this tour compared to others so far?
It’s really good, I’ve got an amazing band, I’ve got a half-new band this time. I’m a lot more experienced now so I kind of handle everything a lot better, I don't get stressed and I just enjoy it a lot more now how everything works, and how the touring cycle works. So this one has just been good because rather than stressing out or focusing on things that are like circumstantial, really the only thing I just try to do now is trying to enjoy myself more and be less self conscious and more in the moment.
What has been the craziest thing that has happened to you on tour?
I don’t think I’ve had this question before, nothing really crazy has happened, I mean, yeah I get a lot of fans, but all of my fans seem to be real like me. They’re not crazy for the sake of being crazy, they are just like in love with music and particular songs and stuff. I’ve gotten a lot of really amazing stories with the songs.
Do you like interacting with them and hearing their stories?
We do a meet and greet after every show so I always get to speak to at least 100 people from every show which is really cool. It’s just nice to hear people go, “that was the song from my first dance,” or “this song got me through death in the family.” Things like that, you know? There couldn’t be a better reason to make music. Other than that, we’ve had a few crazy nights out I guess that's just the way touring goes, crazy sort of after parties and things.
What song is the most fun to perform?
Most fun to perform would be, probably “Pass it on” from my debut album, just because it’s a real feel-good song. I perform it second to last, so I go off stage usually and I come back on to perform that song and it just gets everybody singing and clapping along, so I really enjoy that one. We do a medley section where I do some covers and that’s always fun because people don’t always expect certain songs to come through.
What is better for you, writing or performing?
Performing is a lot more like instant satisfaction because you have already done the work in a way, you’ve already done the writing and the fine-tuning of the songs and you know exactly what you're going on stage to do. So I like performing in the sense that it’s quite free I don't have to delve into it too deep, I just have to enjoy it, you know? With writing, I do enjoy it but it’s more of a, what’s the word, process, it’s more of a process that has to be thought out for me. I have to really focus in and be in the right mood, have something to say, and all that kind of stuff. So I think I could be enjoying performing more on the surface, but writing is, again, once you write something that you really love then you feel like you really hit the nail with it. There’s no other feeling like that.
What advice would you give to young artists trying to make it in the music industry?
I would say, like have a think about what you want to get from it, like, you know, what kind of artist you want to be? What kind of music you want to make because you know, it can really make your journey be so different. If you want to be an artist and you want to be credible and sort of not be a flash in the pan then you have to know what you want to do, have to think about who you are and what you want to portray. Find out what people like about you and what people relate to and work on that. Or if you want to be sort of an artist in the moment then you can be more around the hype. I think just knowing what kind of artist you want to be and having a good idea of your own identity. One thing I learned is that no one is going to tell you, at any point, what you should be or what you should do. So you’ve got to be able to figure it out.
If you got into an elevator with someone who did not know who you were, what would your speech be to get them to listen to your music?
I don’t know maybe I would just sing to them and be like ‘yes or no?’ And depending on what they say, I would tell them to check me out. So yeah, maybe that would be the best way.
If you had one goal to accomplish during your music career what would it be, if you haven’t done so already?
One goal is to, it’s hard to put it into one phrase. Just to be happy, you know, making music, making a living, just doing what I love and connecting with people around the world. It is really the best feeling to be able to do that. So I’d just like to be able to achieve it on a very definite or permanent level, where it’s like that’s what I’m doing now. Even saying that, it’s kind of what I am doing but you know, you just want to escalate a little further, you know? Yeah just to really be happy making music and performing for people and living my life.
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