Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Daniel John Marsden

Daniel John MarsdenI 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!

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Katrin Kugler

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