Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Daisy Gill find out more about her…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am 19 years old from Liverpool, Merseyside. I first got into music when I was around 5 years old as I taught myself to play the piano. I then became part of my school choirs and performed ever since!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was growing up I loved Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus as cheesy as it may sound! She gave me the initial inspiration to want to become a singer. But as I got a little older I grew out of that phase and started listening to Taylor Swift! (not much change there!). But it was only when I was 17 until I started listening to Stevie Nicks and great Blues singers like Etta James and Aretha Franklin that I found my voice. But I try not to say who influences me because it leaves room for comparison which can cause you to lose your artistic identity a little.
How would you describe your sound?
I am definitely very country, folk and blued infused.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called "Take Your Time". I wrote this song in aid of mental health awareness and gay pride. I feel as a young person it's so important to use your voice and speak out about things. I myself have had my own few battles with mental health issues like the majority of this generation of kids, and I've noticed nobody really speaks about it. It's a kind of taboo subject. "Take Your Time," tells an endearing story of self-acceptance and peace of mind and quite literally to take your time in this life. Whether that be battling depression or coming out as gay, it's about taking it one step at a time to when you feel comfortable and ready to take down your inner demons and battles and to be at one with them and to be free.
What’s your local music scene like?
Well, being from Liverpool it's great! The Beatles and Merseybeat is still a great part of our culture and music scene. But aside from that, there is so much talent and energy!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have an EP planned to come out! And a few gigs to end the year with including a gig in October for Mental Health Awareness with Madpride and one in Sahir House in November which is a charity that looks after those affected by HIV and AIDs related illnesses. I tend to just take things one day at a time and see where it takes me though!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Stevie Nicks all the way! Or maybe Paloma Faith she has some pipes!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I once fell off the stage in the most ungraceful way ever that I couldn't walk properly for nearly a week and was badly bruised! I think that was more embarrassing than funny but I can laugh now!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I can play the flute.