Singer-songwriter Daniel Wakeford is probably the nicest man in music. Sorry about that Dave Grohl. His new album That’s How I See It is set for release in September and will see him embark on a nationwide tour with his band, The Daniel Wakeford Experience ,in support of it. This record follows his 2016 debut, The Songs of Gigs. As we chat to Daniel it’s clear he’s keen to get the record out on the road.

“My band and I are really excited about our new album” he enthuses. “It was fun to record and the songs are about things that are important to me.” 

His latest single, and, he explains, his favourite song from the album, It’s A Wonderful City, is an ode to his hometown of Brighton. With help from his songwriting partner Tom Cook, Daniel’s ideas and thoughts are brought to life, “My inspirations are things that I do in life, or come into contact with”. He describes himself as a “pop-rockstar”, with his favourite artists being “ABBA, Elvis, Air Supply and Queen”.

If you’re not familiar with Daniel’s music by now, you may know him from Channel 4’s programme The Undateables. “It’s helped me to show my music to lots of people” he explains. “People have been really supportive”. 

Being on stage is where Daniel is able to express himself and he describes his gigs as “a night full of fabulous fun”. His fanbase is seemingly growing larger with every tour and album. With some shows sold out already, expect a few singalongs! “It’s great when I have written the songs and people know the words. I love hearing everyone singing along” he explains.

With the help of The Undateables Daniel has found love and his girlfriend Lily often comes to his shows and supports him, as well as his Mum and Dad, who sell his merch for him. But what’s in store for the future of Daniel? “In five years, I will be married to my darling Lily and doing lots more gigs with my band”. And to anyone reading this who is an aspiring musician and wouldn’t mind some advice, this is for you, “Go for it and enjoy yourself”.

Daniel Wakeford is at O2 Academy Leicester on Thursday 25th October.

Dylan Whatley is the creator of Slap Me On The Patio. He went to his first gig when he was 8 months old, though nowadays he no longer falls asleep in his pushchair when the headline act is on.

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