After establishing himself with an impressive run of releases throughout the year, including his much-loved debut album 'Imitation Roses', emerging singer-songwriter Fo Daniels recently returned to deliver his shimmering new single 'Angel In The Streetlights'.
Capturing more of that warm and inviting indie-rock aesthetic he is known for, 'Angel In The Streetlights' makes for a wonderfully rich and woozy listen. With his light and sweeping vocal style wrapped around a heartfelt production from start to finish, he is cementing himself as one of the more captivating names to have emerged this year.
So with the new single doing the rounds, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
Guitar was my first instrument I really loved. I stared playing piano when I was 7, but quit and picked up the guitar at 10.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Mostly just what I was exposed to - Classic rock and blues from my dad’s side, Motown, soul, and Classical from my mom’s.
What was the first album you remember owning?
Legend - Bob Marley.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
That’s a long list. But one is The Bucket - Kings of Leon.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I seem to only be able to write early in the morning with a cup of black coffee, or late at night with whiskey, neat.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Nathaniel Rateliff, Easy Honey, Taj Mahal, and Tom Petty (who has never left my rotation).
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Probably the Strokes. Just so they could be condescending to us in the green room.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
Being locked into a song and looking out at the crowd, and seeing them feel it the same way.
And what is the most frustrating part?
Literally everything else.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Never do anything halfway. You never know who’s watching/listening.
Fo Daniels' new single 'Angel In The Streetlights' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.