An Interview With: Daniel Wakeford

Posted: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Most may know him from his multiple appearances on hit TV show The Undateables, but Daniel Wakeford is about to embark on his first ever national tour following sold out live shows, and has just released his second album, That's How I See It. Here he talks about his inspirations, from his favourite cities to the nice things in life, like going to the pub, and what it's like performing in front of hundreds of people.

What inspired you on your new album? What were the songs written about?

I get ideas from all over the place, inside my brain and outside. ‘Belly Dancers’ and ‘New York City’ were written after holidays in Turkey and New York. ‘Pub Nights’ is about partying after gigs when I'm on tour with my band. ‘Toni Arthur's Greatest’ I wrote about old episodes of Playschool, and I decided I wanted to a write a song about ITN news after researching all the different logos on the internet.

Have you got a favourite song off the album?

My favourite song off the new album is ‘It's A Wonderful City’, because it's about my hometown Brighton and I really enjoyed making the video.

What’s touring like for you? Have you been enjoying yourself so far?

I really enjoy touring. The British tour is so fabulous, it’s like a holiday and I get to sing my songs and meet my fans. My favourite place to perform is London.

What’s your favourite thing about playing live?

My favourite thing about playing live is when the fans sing along. The audience is always very enthusiastic!

What do you enjoy the most about making music?

I like writing my songs with Tom (Cook, who writes the music for Daniel's songs). We're a good songwriting team and it makes me happy.

How old were you when you started writing songs?

I started writing songs when I was 21. The first song I wrote was ‘The Black of Lonely’ in 2009.

What has been your favourite part of your music career so far?

The best thing about my career so far is getting a backing band to go on tour with.

Are there any places you haven’t yet played live, which you’d love to visit?

We'd love to do more gigs abroad and also at festivals.

What do you hope the future holds?

My ultimate dream is to perform in the Eurovision contest! Generally I hope that people keep listening to my music and I can make more albums and keep doing gigs, as I love being on stage.

Be some of the first people to see Daniel Wakeford's new songs live, but be quick, the tour starts this week!

O2 Academy Glasgow: Thursday 4 October Buy Tickets

Arts Club, Liverpool: Friday 5 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Newcastle: Wednesday 10 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Birmingham: Thursday 11 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Sheffield: Friday 12 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Oxford: Thursday 18 October Buy Tickets

The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth: Friday 19 October Buy Tickets

The Scholar, Leicester: Thursday 25 October Buy Tickets

O2 Academy Islington: Friday 26 October - SOLD OUT

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