Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with Daniel Whitehouse to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m originally from a place called ‘Swinton’ which is in South Yorkshire, UK but lived in Sheffield for the last 16 years. From the age of 10 I took interest in listening to music, I got hooked on the Beatles as my parents had the original St Peppers album on record. I didn’t start playing the guitar until I was about 16, 17 years of age. With Swinton being quite a small town I was able to find people my age who were like minded. Then with a couple of friends we decided to start a band, which was our ticket out of Swinton to the neighbouring city of Sheffield. As a teenager The band ‘fights’ was my first band. We were a catalyst for the re birth of the Sheffield music scene in early 00’s, eventually being signed to Sony Xtra Mile recordings. We had a great time.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
From growing up to now I’ve always taken interest in artists/people who write their own songs. Bands and artists such as John Lennon, Noel Gallagher, The Verve, Radiohead, Interpol, Ryan Adams, Sharon Van Etten for example.
More recently been listening to a lot of Radiohead, the war on drugs, The National, and just been listening to a guy called ‘County Line Runner’. It’s pretty mega stuff.
How would you describe your sound?
So I’m a songwriter, I like to record whatever I write, I don’t tend to stick to a blue print as such when I’m writing, just record songs until I’ve got a collection I feel sit together as an album. Sonically my sound can change, I like adding space and ambience. But the song is always the centre. As a guitar player I enjoy creating different textures and energy. Taking influence from such bands such as Interpol, war on drugs, early Echo and the Bunnymen and U2 come to mind.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
It’s called ‘Midnight Swimmer’. As as an artist you just write. These ideas, songs, lyrics whatever you want to call them, they can come to you at any time of the day/night. So it’s a collection of from the last few years which I’ve put together on one album. And I like swimming... so thats basically it...
What’s your local music scene like?
Sheffield seems a little fragmented at the moment, bands seem to avoid playing there... but there is some really cool stuff happening a bit off the beaten track in South Yorkshire, I’ve just played a solo show at a venue called Cafe Indiependent in Scunthorpe, really great place and people.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have another album later this year coming out, and looking to play a run of solo shows this spring. I’m sure there’ll be a few festivals at some point too.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Being a solo artist is pretty straightforward. All the funny stuff happens when you’re in a band with your pals... there’s far too many stories from my band days to mention...