Hailed by Roots magazine earlier this year as “a genius”, the award-winning folk singer-songwriter Luke Daniels brings an intriguingly varied selection of smart new songs on Singing Ways To Feel More Junior. Each of the twelve tracks carves out its own unique space through the clever use of children’s rhymes and female allegory. Issues of gender equality, addiction, and child consumerism are all explored via acoustic folk encompassing humble woodnotes to syrupy synthesized twists. Here, Daniels answers his Essential 8 talking topics from the album, to drinking at gigs, touring tips, and more!
What’s the story behind your album’s title?
Singing Ways To Feel More Junior is an album for grownups everywhere whose songs make use of children’s rhymes and female allegory to explore adult themes which range from child consumerism, addiction, gender inequality to Donald Trump’s childhood
What’s the best advice to give to a musician just starting out?
Always try and create music that you think you’ll be proud of in future, never try to adapt what you do to copy what might be working for another artist. The only sound that will work for you and resonate with your audience is your sound.
Do you have any touring tips?
When touring in US one time I bought a small fridge and electric wok that enabled me to buy, keep and cook my own food in my hotel rooms. This was the end progression of a teasmaid cookbook developed with band mates that included among other recipes banger and mash. Happy times.
How do you kill the long hours in the van?
I’ve recently started to listen to audio books as I find a break from music can sometimes be a good thing in between shows. I’m an impatient reader so fair much better when I can work through literature at a set pace and tackle books that otherwise I’d never manage such. Mainly science, sociology and classic novels.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I’m doing a collaboration with one of my childhood musical heroes the accordion player Dermot Byrne at Celtic Connections festival in January but as a singer I’d say the jazz pianist Brad Meldau.
Is drinking at gigs a positive or a negative?
Never, waiting until afterwards also gives you something to look forward to.
Do you have a favorite gift from a fan?
I was recently given a hand knitted soft case for my tin whistle and another offered to do my accounts once; both excellent gifts.
Song (of yours) you wish you would have released as a single and why?
I would like to share a song from my new album about a certain demagogue’s childhood called ‘Elizabeth Trump & Sons’ but I’m told it could be libelous.
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