Buzz-worthy UK soul singer and song-writer Daley recently released his debut album, Days and Nights on February 11th, and the long-awaited LP gives us nothing short of amazing. The album, which was previously 2-3 years in the making, has finally come together – displaying Daley’s magnificent talents, elaborate emotions and exquisite vocals. His passionate ballads and soulful tunes transcend culture and time, while his falsettos present an experience analogous to what one would think angels playing their harps in heaven would sound like.
Bridging the large following Daley has garnered both in the United States and his UK homeland, the album rightfully includes collaborations with Pharrell and Marsha Ambrosious to name a few. We caught up with the UK crooner Daley to discuss Days & Nights, Valentines Day and his overarching musical journey here.
So you just dropped your debut album not too long ago. That’s so exciting! Tell us more about it.
Daley: Yeah. Well it’s my debut album. It’s called Days & Nights and it’s something I’m really excited about! It’s something I’ve been working on for last two or three years really building towards this moment. I’m just really happy that I have put it out into the world finally to see the reaction and I’m going to be spending some time in the states this year so I get to really see it through and take the music to the people.
Absolutely. We love your single with Marsha Ambrosius, Alone Together. It’s one of our favorite tracks.
Daley: Thank you!
And so again, you’ve worked with so many great UK singers like Marsha Ambrosius and Jessie J and even artists here in the States.
Your Day & Nights album had some really great collaborations! So is there anyone that you’re really looking forward to working with here in the near future?
Daley: Yeah definitely. I mean, I’ve been speaking to Maxwell recently actually. We keep saying we want to do something so we’re trying to make that happen when schedules commit. So, me and Maxwell may try and work on something soon which I think it would be cool. And there’s an amazing, relatively new, artist called Emily King who I’m a big fan of and I got the chance to meet her when I was in New York, so I want to do something with her as well.
Nice. And you’ve recently collaborated with Pharell on your single Look Up. So how was that?
Daley: That was great. I mean, Pharell is the one who I grew up listening to and obviously I have a massive amount of respect for him in everything he’s done. So, when the chance came up and happened, I was obviously very happy about it. I was in LA finishing off the album and he was in town and we were just like, well let’s make it happen, and so we bumped into each other at a couple of festivals. And it just happened. So we got into it and it was really cool. We spent the first day just kind of playing music and getting in o each other’s heads and seeing what the vibe was and then it all came out and look what was born. It was a pleasure to work with him.
That’s pretty surreal. And so, for those who haven’t heard about your new upcoming debut album Day & Nights, what can they really expect from it?
Daley: Well, I mean, I sometimes kind of summarize it as throwback soul. I always start off with soul and that’s the way I write that’s the way I see and I always want to capture that when I’m writing a song. But then I experiment with the sound of the record and make it feel of its time rather than making it sound old which I think a lot of people associate with soul. So it’s even a little bit futuristic! I just like to push it honestly. So, that’s kind of what is it, it’s soul for today, for this age but it’s real. Everything in there is stuff out of experience and it’s a very honest recording.
Absolutely and it’s such a great time considering the landscape that we have now with artists like Miguel and Kelly Rowland sort of reinvigorating R&B and you’re one of those people who are in the forefront of again reinvigorating R&B. So being around these type of people, I know you previously toured with the likes of Miguel and Maxwell and even Kelly Rowland at her show in DC. What do you hear from other contemporary R&B artists and how are you leveraging some of their recent successes to leverage your own success in the music industry?
Daley: It’s great. I mean I've been really fortunate over the last couple of years as I've been building as an artist and trying to just get ready for my moment. It’s been really cool to be able to go on tour with artists who are, a few steps ahead of me and really get to just see how they handle it and like you said they give me advice and that’s really good. Miguel is someone who I respect so much. I think his music is great and the same with Maxwell. And so all of that stuff, it’s inspiring in the sense that it makes me excited for the future and what can happen.
Absolutely. And we just love what you’re doing here, so today’s Valentine’s Day, what is the plan for your Valentines?
Daley: Plan, well, I’m married to my album this week because it just dropped!I think it wouldn't be fair to try and bring anyone else in on the situation! My Valentine’s Day may have to be pushed back to next week.
Daley: I’m working this week for footage. Hopefully folks will enjoy the album on Valentine’s Day and that will be my gift.
So work over pleasure. And so, in speaking of Valentine’s Day, it’s a sort of epic moment that I think sort of very much aligns itself with some of the music that you make. So when you think about Valentine’s Day, how would you sort of frame it in your mind?
Daley: Funnily enough, I’m not really a Valentine’s Day kind of guy.
Daley: I mean, I guess it all depends on who I’m involved with at the time. If you've got someone there that would inspire you…In that way, then you’re going to do it. But I guess I don’t have the best of luck on Valentine’s Day.
And why is that?
Daley: I don’t know, maybe someone needs to ask my exes. I've been — maybe I think, I’d say recently the last couple of years – probably just been working too hard.
Got you. Open air waves right now though. If you want to blast any of your exes, we’re giving you permission.
Daley: *Laughs* No, no.
Daley: It’s all good, it’s all good. The bad experiences make the great songs. So that’s fine with me.
Alone Together again, one of my favorite, favorite tracks. So let’s bring it back to Valentine’s Day, if you had a Cupid’s arrow, would it be a weapon of mass destruction or an instrument of love? It sounds like a weapon of mass destruction right now but you tell us.
Daley: Oh no. No, definitely an instrument of love. I am not into weapons of mass destruction really. I don’t like that. No, I’m not into them at all. So it definitely be love, an instrument of love.
And since you’re pushing Valentine’s Day back a little bit because you’re working. Let us know what your ideal Valentine’s Day date would be like?
Daley: I feel Valentine’s Day. I guess it’s all got to do with the special dates for the one’s where you do something that you never done before – so you can really remember it. I’m a “go out for a meal kind of guy” and like to just do something that we’re going to remember. So just something that we've never done — something random or a surprise kind of thing. I guess I could be kind of romantic in that way. I like to surprise people. So, I don’t know, I just like make it memorable.
So ladies, if you’re out there, take note, that’s what Daley likes. So again, I’m going to ask you a couple of questions related to Valentine’s Day since we’re sort of in the mood, so roses or chocolate?
So the most romantic thing you can do on Valentine’s Day.
Daley: The most romantic thing that I can do…. I have to say being a singer, does have an upside. That’s how its twisted. So, singing is always kind of good thing on Valentine’s Day. It usually does the trick.
So is that sort of one of your hidden gems, you can always use to brighten up the mood when you sing a little melody or something like that?
Daley: Yeah, maybe. Just break into song — break into someone take their heart.
So I’m going to ask you a couple of questions that are also related to Valentine’s Day. So what is the most popular way to say be mine for Valentine’s Days, is it flowers, cards or candy, what do you think?
Daley: I think flowers are kind of like the classy way I mean, if you really got something you want to say and it’s kind of deep, then you should probably think about getting a card, flowers is kind of nice I guess.
Here are some questions that actually have an answer. So who is Mickey Mouse’s Valentine? Let’s see if Daley knows this.
Daley: Maybe it’s like…I’m thinking of the duck?
Yeah, oh, close, close enough.
Daley: Yeah, I would try and it’s funny but I forgot the duck’s name so I’m just kind of guessing here.
Donald Duck, is that what you are referring to?
Daley: Yeah or like, hasn't he got like a girlfriend as well like Daisy or something?
Unfortunately, Mickey Mouse’s Valentines is Minnie.
Daley: Yes, yeah!!!
But close, you’re almost close. So between girlfriends, wives, mothers and teachers, who do you think receives the most Valentine’s Day cards?
Daley: I reckon wives because once you’re married, you haven’t really got an excuse to not feel, you have to Valentine’s Day every year.
That’s true but…
Daley: So I guess it’s probably, yeah, wives I would say.
No, 0 for 2. It is teachers.
Daley: Oh really?
Yeah. So, we cold probably get this one. Let’s see if you can get this one. Okay, so including children, exchanging cards, how many Valentines are bought each year? So I’m going to give you a couple of numbers and you can guess from these numbers. Okay, so it’s a 700 million, 800 million, 900 million, one billion, or two billion?
Daley: I’m going to say 700 million.
Close. It’s one billion.
Daley: Oh wow.
It’s okay man.
Daley: Wow, that’s crazy.
Jay Postal: You’re really working really hard on Valentine’s Day that means huh?
Well congratulations to you and all of that you’re doing obviously and also happy Valentine’s Day. So what are you hoping to leave people with, with this new album Days & Nights and what can we expect from Daley in the future?
Daley: Well, this is my debut album. So I really want people to get a good idea of who I am and it really is like a diary in a lot of ways by how I line up all the songs and look at them. Then you realize how personal it is. So, I hope people take away a good understanding of me as an artist and I hope they are able to relate to it and my thing is, I like people to make my music a part of their lives. That’s what I love about music. That a song can become a part of your life, it can become a memory, you can have a connection between people and that’s kind of what I like to think about my music. So I hope people take that away from it. And I hope they find it interesting just in terms of being soulful but being current.
Such a great way to put it and make sure to get Daley’s new album Days & Nights. So where can they get it and also where can they follow you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all of those good platforms?
Daley: The album is out right now, it’s on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play. Now you get physical copies from Amazon and some Bestbuy and Target. And I am on Twitter, it’s @DaleyMusic, D-A-L-E-Y Music and Facebook Daley Official.
Make sure to go on iTunes and download his new debut album called Days & Nights. Daley thanks again.
Daley: Thanks a lot!
Watch Daley’s ‘Alone Together’ Video Feat. Marsha Ambrosius
Buy the album on iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/DaleyDaysNightsiT