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5 Questions With ... Daley
British singer/songwriter Daley was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at EastWest Studio in Hollywood, Calif., Daley discussed collaborating with GRAMMY winner Gorillaz and Marsha Ambrosius, why he describes his music as "future throwback soul" and his forthcoming debut album, Days And Nights, among other topics. Part of the discussion was driven by questions submitted by fans using the #5QW hashtag on Twitter.
"In a musical sense … I'm using the term 'future throwback soul,' which I think is a really good way to describe what I'm doing at the moment," said Daley. "I'm very keen on making music that sounds of its time. I'm not trying to replicate something that's from the past, although [I'm] obviously paying respect to the people that I've been influenced by and the music that I love."
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Born in Manchester, England, Daley's career breakthrough came in 2010 when he co-wrote and was featured on GRAMMY-winning duo Gorillaz's hit "Doncamatic." Daley's soulful R&B styling on the recording caught the attention of Universal Music Group's Republic Records, which signed him shortly after. In 2011 Daley issued a free 10-track mixtape, Those Who Wait, on which he co-wrote or wrote seven songs, including "Alone Together" featuring GRAMMY nominee Ambrosius. Daley followed in 2012 with an EP, Alone Together, which features "Remember Me" with Jessie J and an acoustic version of Amy Winehouse's "Love Is A Losing Game."
Daley's debut studio album, Days And Nights, is set for release in 2013.