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 Darling BOY find out more about him…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
I’m from my mum, originally. Darling BOY is more of a solo project with a revolving collective of friends of mine who form the band. I think the days of the ‘band as a four-person gang’ are over; we’re all involved in a million projects these days and a more casual approach to ‘being in a band’ is a much healthier, happier one… there’s liberty in flexibility. As for the name, I wanted something that was hard and soft, feminine and masculine, poetic and stark, to reflect the dynamics of the project and the music itself. What a pretentious sod, eh?!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
THEN: Britpop, Reeves & Mortimer, Transformers: The Movie, leaving factories, grey days, sunny days, a good tree, baggy t-shirts, flares, exciting girls in floral print dresses
NOW: mostly caffeine
How would you describe your sound?
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
It’s called 'Waste My Days' and I wrote it a few years ago in a pub I used to live in called Filthy MacNasty’s, just off the Pentonville Road in London. I had the layout of the song just plop its way into my head when walking home from work on West London’s Golborne Road and I remember just going back and BANG, out it came.
What’s your local music scene like?
I’m a bit of air conditioned gypsy at the moment so I take the music wherever I lay my hat!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I’m off to the US next month for a couple of shows and to film a video for the next single. I’d like to drop an album eventually but I’m not sure it’s the cleverest thing to do in 2018… my feeling is that the age of the album is now behind us, so I’ll be focussing on a steady stream of single tracks while building the live side of things up in tandem.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Why? Can you help?
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I was on tour in Germany playing with an orchestra and one of the songs we did was 'Help!' by the Beatles, and we had a little skit at the top of the song where we’d recreate the album cover by spelling ‘help’ in semaphore. After a month or so boredom really sets in, so I decided to do a little bit of research into the language. Long story short, we ended up alternating between ‘twat’ and ‘cunt’ for the rest of the tour and none of the audience was any the wiser... subtle subversion at its absolute finest, proper punk rock!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
It’s morally correct to buy my songs and tell all your friends about them.