Back on home soil for the fourth edition of the WWD podcast, we’re honoured to have Daithí taking up the mantle after EZLV’s groove-filled hour last week. The Galway man has had an impressive 2014 already and there’s still a long way to go. He dropped his debut album, In Flight, last month to great reviews. The record features a host of quality singles with some fine collaborations. Elaine Mai, Raye, Danny O’Reilly and Young Wonder’s Rachel Koeman all make appearances. He’s also been busy smashing shows all around Ireland this summer with his unique live performance. Forbidden Fruit goers will be well aware!
A master of melodic hooks and upbeat drums patterns, he’s fusing his own brand of dance music to delight of many music fans out there. 004 is an indicator of just that. Have a listen below and read on to find out more about the man in question.
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WWD : Daithí, thanks for joining us! Where are you right now and what have you been up to this week?
Daithí : I spent only three days in my apartment in the last two months, but Im finally back in Galway, for a whole week. Feels good!
WWD : You’ve taken the time to mix a few tracks for us, tell us a little bit about what you’ve got in there!
Daithí : I had a look at what I’ve been adding to my ‘inspiration’ folder in the last month or so, and just selected stuff out of that. There’s a lot of different stuff in this mix, a lot of deep house stuff and a good few pop vocals used in dance tunes. I’ve been really into that recently, the real catchy pop vocal over bass lines. There’s a Bodhi remix of Love Sex Magic which I’ve loved for ages in there, such a fun tune.
WWD : Do you enjoy a good dj set or do you prefer doing the full live performance?
I actually haven’t Dj’d in public a lot, my shows are always live performances with loopstations and Ableton, Djing is really something I’ve been doing at home. Recently I got Serato scratch live and I’m learning to DJ with vinyl. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, I think it’s one of those things where you just have to lock yourself in a room for ages and just do it over and over. Live performance is what I live for though, I like being able to change up the sounds when I want to.
WWD : The Album, In Flight, dropped recently to great reviews, what’s it like to reach a milestone like that as an artist?
Daithí : It’s been great, I’m really happy with the response. It took a long time but I’m really proud of the record, and it’s great to have ten whole tunes out in the public, it’s loads to work with. I got total withdrawal symptoms when it was finished though, didn’t know what to do with myself.
WWD: The remake of ‘Chameleon Life’ is a lethal club track, would you have any interest delving deeper into the underground at some stage in the future?
Daithí : Yea, I’m kind of at the stage now where I want to try writing all kinds of different dance tunes, from every genre. TEED made this point in an interview where he said if everyone woke up and all the sub genres of dance music were gone it would be amazing, because you’d probably listen to stuff you never listened to before, and you’d look at tunes in a completely different light. I like that idea, taking influences from all types of music is a really important part of making music I think.
WWD : You’ve been a busy man this summer with shows, what’s been the highlight so far?
Daithí:; We had an amazing album launch in the Roisin Dubh a couple of weeks ago; Senita, Raye, Danny O Reilly, Elaine Mai, Rach Young Wonder and Liza Flume all came up and sang the tracks. It was amazing to have everyone there, and they all absolutely killed it, amazing. Apart from that, last weekend I played at Westport arts festival, I did a set at 4am in a hotel for the after party, which was pretty mental.
WWD: And, lastly, what can we expect from you over the next few months? Any big shows we can look forward to?
Daithí : Castle Palooza is going to be a big one I think, we’ll be getting singers to come up for that. I’m playing another show in the Roisin Dubh this month as well, on the 19th of July. There’s some more stuff to be announced but I’ve to keep my mouth shut for now 🙂