I first heard Daniel John Marsden’s songs on Soundcloud where I got blown away by the beautiful sounds of his amazing music, and a few weeks later I was not only lucky enough to attend a gig where Daniel Marsden played with his friends, for I also had the great chance of doing an interview with him. In this interview we talked about life-changing albums, inspirations, and plans for the future and all in all I can say that meeting him in person was a pleasure.
AMBY: What have you been up to lately?
DJM: Rehearsing a bunch of new material for live shows with Dan Robinson who has been playing bass with us recently. Also recording a few new songs which will hopefully make up a part of a new EP later in the year. If I don’t get bored of them in the meantime.
AMBY: How would you describe your music to those unfamiliar with your songs?
DJM: Lofi Twee acoustic indie sickly pop?
AMBY: How did you come into contact with music?
DJM: I think the same way a lot of people do, mostly through my parents and the things they listened to while I was growing up; for me particularly it was bands like the Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins and The Levellers
AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?
DJM: The Devil and God are Raging inside me – Brand New, I’m wide awake, it’s morning – Bright Eyes, In the aeroplane over the sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
AMBY: What was the first concert you ever went to?
DJM: Be Your Own Pet
AMBY: What’s your favourite release of the year so far?
DJM: Thrash Magic – Playlounge
AMBY: Who or what inspires you?
DJM: Like anyone is, I’m inspired by artists I listen to, so largely bands like Brand New or Son Ambulance, but I think it’s important to try not to be too inspired by artists and end up as a watered-down copy of them. So I try to take inspiration from experiences, no matter how mundane.
AMBY: What are your plans for the future?
DJM: Just to continue playing, writing and recording music with friends. Getting the chance to play in new places or places we would otherwise not go. That would be a huge bonus – we really appreciate when that happens
AMBY: Who would you like to be most and least stuck in an elevator with?
DJM: Most – Daniel Johnston. Least – Marcus Mumford.
AMBY: You are allowed to say one sentence, which will reach the whole world. What would you say?
DJM: Get out of Topshop
AMBY: What’s something nobody knows about you yet?
DJM: Before I finalise lyrics for a song, I sing about Bears.
Thanks Daniel, for giving us your answers!