With a flurry of smooth and vibrant releases under his belt already, LA-based singer and songwriter Daniel Blake recently returned to unveil his latest EP 'Jakarta'.
Filled with a warm and embracing atmosphere throughout, the new five-track collection makes for an incredibly beautiful and engaging listen. With his flawless voice layered over light and uplifting production from start to finish, he is certainly on his way to become one of the most talked about artists of the moment.
So with his new EP available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
I grew up listening to Carole King, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Van Morrison & the Beatles. In my teens I was really into punk music: Descendants, NOFX & Bad Religion. I also liked classic rock such as AC/CD & the Eagles.
What was the first album you remember owning?
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
I usually start with just messing around on an instrument while mumbling some melodies. I also enjoy messing around with the production during the writing process to keep me excited about the idea.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
David Gray, Mac Miller, Native, Michael Kaiser.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
For me, there’s nothing more rewarding than writing a song that I’m proud of.
And what is the most frustrating part?
I hate compromising on my vision. I do the best I can to bring it to light; however, I always find myself wishing I could have done more.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Work harder than the people around you.
Daniel Blake's new EP 'Jakarta' is available to stream and download now. Check it out in the player below.