Since they formed last year DAZE have carved a name for themselves in the London music scene. With their rough shoegaze intros and sweet indie pop vocals DAZE have gone from scraping together an audience of friends and family, to taking the roof off sold out Camden gigs.
Earlier this week I caught up with them to talk through what has been an incredible year for them.
If you could summarize Daze in three words, which three words would you use?
- Space, fuzz, #dadswag
To me your sound is quite a cool mix of Shoegaze/ Indie Pop, but who are some of your biggest influences musically?
- In the beginning we were all very big fans of Peace, so our sound was actually a bit more poppier than it is now, but with the addition of our drummer Oli we’ve really found our own sound. On a more individual level; Tino’s a big Foals fan, Oli loves Dave Grohl, Sam will get down to Wolf Alice and Luke likes Taylor Swift.
I've been doing a fair bit of research and it seems like you've come pretty far in just a year, whats it been like and do you have any favourite moments?
- It’s been surreal, we’ve gone from playing to 20 people at New Cross Inn to playing a packed out Camden Assembly. A highlight has to be selling out a self-promoted show at Surya. It was also the first time we had a mosh pit at our gig and it was insane to watch!
Which do you prefer, writing, recording or playing live? Why?
- Playing live definitely! We love the rush of adrenaline that you get when stepping onto a stage and seeing people jump around.
When you are writing, is that mostly a group effort or just one of you, and what kind of things do you find inspire your songs?
- During our early stages Sam would usually come up with a lot of the music, but since moving all our band stuff into Oli’s shed, the writing has become a more of a group thing. Oli and Tino generally start something on the drum kit and the bass, which then Sam and Luke add their guitar parts over, and Sam will add some vocals. It’s much better writing as a group because you have four people’s imagination to bounce off. Lyrically Sam tries to write from life experience, but we do aim to stay away from the topic of love as it’s been done so many times.
A big issue facing the music industry at the moment is gentrification and the closing down of small music venues in local communities, is this something which has ever affected you, and what do you think of the problem?
- The lack of smaller venues in London is definitely making it difficult for new bands like us to establish a scene where you can make friends, jam around and play with other bands. Organisations like the Music Venue Trust are really doing a great job bringing light to these issues and working against the demise of London's grassroots venues.
So you've recently released a single, Friends, (I love it btw!!) thats available online however we'd love to know what else we can expect from you in the coming months, where can we buy your music, and where can we see you gigging?
- We’re playing Nambucca in London on the 27th September with a bunch of friends (for only £3!!), and then we’ll be going into the studio to record our second single, so keep your eyes peeled!