Chatterbox: D.A.N. chats to us about songwriting, pop music and his new single ‘0300’

Hey, thanks for chatting to us. Could you tell our readers how you ended up in music?

Music has always been a big part of my life since I was younger and I looked to it for confidence and inspiration so I always knew I had to do it in some way. I started producing and writing when I was quite young and then it grew from there. I also trained classically in piano and I still apply this to a lot of my work now. I moved to London when I was 18 and studied Popular Music at Goldsmiths University and also worked for record labels. My years here have really made me understand what I wanted to do as an artist and the city still makes me so driven to make something good. 

Was your entry as a songwriter?

Songwriting is something that I’ve always felt the need to do and I find it one of the best ways to let go. It’s one of those processes where the finished work can often end up completely different than what you were expecting. The most fulfilling part of it for me is when listeners feel a connection to the music and relate to it in some way way, songs help give expression to what can sometimes be hard to articulate or admit in real life.

What influenced your sound in those early stages?

I think when I was younger my music taste was really different – a lot of pop music but I always liked something with a bit of depth to it rather than the standard “hit”, sounds that felt gratifying but in a new way. That’s what I hope to do with my music – the balance of something innovative with something that makes me/listeners feel something.

How did the new single come about?

0300 was one of those tracks where I completely said what was going on. I felt quite vulnerable when I wrote it in the middle of the night, but it felt right to be that way and to actually let myself feel. It’s a very strange experience with songwriting because when you let yourself be completely exposed and say what’s going on you can end with something that makes you stronger. 


Did it evolve much in the studio from the original demo?

As a producer I wanted to keep the fragile nature of it, which is why I was so grateful to work with Dave [Okumu]. He’s one of my favourite producers and behind so much music that forms a big part of my life. It was so effortless working together – everything from the demo is still in the track as we were keen to keep the rawness, but take it to the next level.

Is 0300 part of a bigger project, an EP or album?

0300 is the first piece that I’ve released in a while, it feels like a better representation of where I’m at but it’s only the start – this year I’ll be releasing more music and I feel it all forms part of the bigger project.

What do your fans have to look forward to in the next few months?

I’m really looking forward to the next few months – more music on the way and lots more exciting things happening…


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