Music Interview: DANNY ADDISON – ‘TRIBE’

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What is your earliest music memory?

When I was about 4 or 5, trying to balance smarties on the strings of my violin. It was something my teacher got us to do to make us hold it up properly. I loved it because if the smarties didn’t drop on the floor, we got to eat them. Yum.

Who or what got you into music?

I think my mum was the main reason I got into music. She said she always wanted us (my brothers and I) to have something that we were good at. She all got us into playing the violin when we were very young.

Who influenced your latest release, ‘Tribe’?

So many people! Hozier, Michael Kiwanuka, Moses Sumney, Matt Corby, Lianne La Havas, Laura Mvula, Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, to name a few!

What draws you to write in the indie-folk genre?

I guess I didn’t really know how to categorise my music until I started showing it to people. They just told me, and I had to accept it. I didn’t really have a plan for what kind of music I wanted to make – it’s probably just a failed attempt at me trying to sound like all the artists I love at the same time.

During the lockdown, you were accepted onto the highly competitive English Folk Expo artist mentorship programme and began working with Hudson Records’ Andy Bell. What is that process like?

A friend of mine suggested I apply for it and at the time, I had no idea what to expect. I was really surprised to get on it, to be honest, mainly because I wasn’t sure what I did was technically ‘folk’. But it’s been such an amazing experience, and I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone involved for their help and understanding. I think it’s been one of the best things to happen for me and my music.

You are booked to play at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2021; what can fans expect?

New music! I’m so excited to perform all the new material I’ve been writing over lockdown. It’s going to be very different from what we’ve done before… in a good way.

What’s your dream venue to play?

Maybe Shepherds Bush Empire? It’s such a beautiful yet intimate venue. Another would probably be Albert Hall Manchester – saw Lianne La Havas there for the first time, and it was one of the greatest performances I’ve ever witnessed.

Other than music, what are you passionate about?

I’m a huge movie fan; I wanted to show that in my music videos. I think being a director is another pipe dream of mine. Stand-up comedy as well – those guys are some of the bravest, most intelligent people in the world.

What changes would you like to see in the music business?

I guess it’s more a cultural thing than a business thing in that I’d like more people to consider music a profession rather than a hobby. It’s always amazing to me when people don’t realise that so many artists are making it work. Maybe not, though; sometimes it’s kind of nice to be the underdog.

If you could choose one thing for fans to take away from your music, what would it be?

Be yourself! It’s the thing that makes you completely unique. In the words of Robin Williams, “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”

Have you started working on your next release?

Yes, my next single, ‘Lady’, will be out on 29th March! My second EP is going to be out in early April.

FV Music Blog March 2021

Twitter: @dannyaddison_

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