SB.TV Ones To Watch: Daley

Having already worked with a genre-spanning range of superstar acts including Gorillaz, Jessie J, Wretch 32 and Marshia Ambrosius, Manchester-born soul singer Daley and his undeniably amazing vocal talents make him stand out as a future star…

Starting singing in choirs at a young age, and closely analysing his favourite music in his bedroom, Daley didn’t start writing his own songs until his mid-teens, when he acquired some musical equipment and a keyboard and crafted what he describes as “terrible songs, which never escaped the bedroom walls for about five years.” Having moved to London feeling that the music he was making didn’t fit the Manchester scene at the time, he started gigging incessantly and soon discovered that word gets around a lot quicker in the capital, quickly gaining a lot of performance experience and improving his song-writing.

Daley’s first piece of music to be officially released, turned out to be a collaboration with the Gorillaz, having met a friend of Damon Albarn at one of his shows explaining that this lead to a phone call from the Gorillaz frontman asking him to come down and jam at the studio where their single Doncamatic was born.

After breaking through with the backing of Albarn behind him, and having toured with the band, Daley began to focus on his solo material, releasing a mixtape at the end of last year entitled Those Who Wait, explaining that although he put the same effort into the project as he would an album, he didn’t want people to consider it his debut LP but just wanted to give something to them to introduce his style of songwriting and vocals to people with a free release that could be left to spread via word of mouth; something which he definitely succeeded in, given his recent sell out headline shows in London.

Whilst his highly anticipated debut single Remember Me is still yet to be released, it recently premiered on radio and features Jessie J singing the hook from Blue Boy’s ‘Remember Me.’ The single was originally made using a sample and was inspired by Daley’s love of early 90’s UK Soul, taking the bassline from a Mica Paris track and the Blue Boy hook and building up a song around that. Knowing Jessie from gigging around London, he reached out to her to record the hook, but never heard back due to her busy schedule until the track was two days ago from going to radio. After a last minute text everything pulled together and whilst Daley is humbly very appreciative of her well placed contribution, still remains the focus of the massively appealing track, which will appear on his highly anticipated debut album which will drop early next year.

Remember Me is out early November.
Download Those Who Wait here

Words & Image by Grant Brydon

Edited by Natalia