By Portis Wasp
Daniel James is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, who has been doing the rounds on the interwebs of late, so I decided to have a casual chat with him. You know, incase he really is ‘A Lonely Man’. He’s not though. So just read the interview.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound has been carefully crafted over the last two years and has developed the more I have learned about songwriting. I would leave it up to the listener to decide a genre. I guess it’s a maturing sound. I’m interested in producing an organic sound, but I’m not scared of experimenting with electronics.
What is ‘A Lonely Man’ about? Is it about you? Are you a lonely man, Daniel?
Ha, I wouldn’t consider myself a lonely man… No. I like my pals. Everyone feels lonely at points in their life… Moving away from home or whatever. It’s based on parallel stories. One part expresses my own struggles and another part expresses my imagination of what ‘struggling’ actually entails. I researched old reference books and documentaries, and focused on the struggle of slaves in chain gangs in America in the nineteenth century. I tried to harness old slave/gospel type vocal rhythms in the track to reflect the parallel story. ‘A Lonely Man’ is a story of one man’s battle, both real and imagined.
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Is an album something we can expect sooner rather than later?
I am really enjoying my writing right now. As far an album, yes I’d love to go and record an album tomorrow, but I’m a few songs away from what I would consider a good first album. It’s definitely in my sights.
What do you think your music says about you?
That I am thoughtful… Well, hopefully it says that I’ve thought carefully about how my music is put together, as there are plenty of processes to go through before releasing a track. I enjoy telling stories in my music, as you might hear in my songs.