After emerging earlier this year with her highly-praised singles 'greener grasses' and 'Venus-Mars', US singer and songwriter Joslyn Daniel has now returned to share her latest effort 'Never Again'.
Channelling a raw and passionate RnB-inspired direction throughout, 'Never Again' makes for a powerful return from this young artist. Filled with powerful emotion, pulsing production, and her own captivating vocals filing the space from start to finish, it feels like she is set to become a huge talking point over the coming months.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her background and what has inspired her most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
I fell in love with piano because it felt like the possibilities were endless. I could play any song by ear and if I got it wrong, the right note was just a half step away.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
As a kid, I really loved pop music. Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, Hilary Duff, and then as a teenager, I fell more into the pop rock scene. I was certifiably “emo” with Paramore and Panic! At The Disco stickers donning folders and doors.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I owned, that was notable, was a vinyl of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, which I actually found in a $5 mystery box at the record store.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
I wish I would’ve written Je cours by Félix Dyotte but I can’t speak French at all.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
As far as rituals, I like to light some incense and essentially meditate on my feelings. Most often, I try to put myself back into a situation in my mind, to gauge the memory better and figure out exactly what parts of the experience affected me most.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I am currently binging Gregory Alan Isakov’s “This Empty Northern Hemisphere,” after hearing it at a close friend’s house for the first time this past weekend. Yeah, I’m one of those people who plays albums in order, on repeat.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Paramore, next question.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The most rewarding part of being a musician is the chance to share an experience with someone from a completely different part of the world from me. Music is so powerful and expansive.
And what is the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part is the fact that I HAVE to make music, no matter what, or else I will implode! It’s a mental and emotional need - to drain myself of past experiences by way of song.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
The best advice I’ve received is to just have fun and to not take myself so seriously. Be professional, but still find the joy in the art - because the challenge of self promotion and gathering listeners can be so daunting sometimes.
Joslyn Daniel's new single 'Never Again' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.