1. Hello Daisy! Since leaving Girls Can't Catch, you have been working on your own solo music (which sounds absolutely phenomenal!) Tell us a bit about what you've been up to and recording in the studio. Hi Adam. Thank you!! Since the demise of, and also before GCC, I have, and always have thrown myself into writing, recording and performing when and where ever I can!! I'm currently working with Soulshakers and AudioFreaks (musical directors of the hit show 'The Big Reunion'). We've been creating music for the past 18 months. They have been writing and producing hits for over 10 years and together we have teamed up and written some incredible tracks, 3 of which have been signed! I'm also regularly performing in show bands and acoustic nights whenever I can. I go mad if I'm not gigging somewhere... anywhere! Music to me is a passion, it's as simple as that. I don't need to have all the airs and graces surrounding it, just as long as it's forever part of my life, i'm happy and fulfilled.
2. How did it feel to record your very own album at the age of 15 and having one of your songs recorded by an urban producer which ran for Eurovision? I recorded my first album at 14! I was spotted singing at a family BBQ by my first manager, Mark Stock. I remember being extremely nervous and shy. I'd been offered this huge opportunity, but looking back now I realise I was too young to fully understand the industry and also the songs I'd been given to record. I'm what you call a late developer. Some people are ready early on, I'm just about mentally and emotionally ready now and that reflects in the music I write.
3. Is it true that Girls Can't Catch was originally going to be the name for The Saturdays? I was told by the label that Frankie from The Saturdays suggested 'Girls Can't Catch' as a potential name for them before they eventually became 'The Saturdays'. Shall I let you in on a little secret? I never liked the name 'Girls Can't Catch' I remember begging management at the time not to call us that!
4. Who inspired you to become a singer? I come from a musical household where music, especially powerful female singers, were played daily. Although my sister and my mum were not professional singers, they could both sing exceptionally well and at the time all I wanted was to sing as well as them.
5. When was your first big performing experience? I spent my childhood living in Brighton with my mum. I went to Goldstone Primary School where I was picked to play Mary in the Rock Nativity Play. It was the story of Jesus with a rock n roll twist!! Throughout rehearsals I suffered from nerves and I was painfully shy, the teacher was concerned that vocally I was too quiet and wouldn't perform well. However, on the night of our first performance, something happened when I got up in front of the audience. From nowhere this huge voice came out, and I felt alive. I think I got a standing ovation. I knew from that day onwards I would be singer.
6. Throughout your whole career, what has been the highlight? My absolute highlight was playing Wembley with my family in the supporting and watching in the audience. It doesn't get much better than that!!
7. What was it like supporting Girls Aloud on their 'Out Of Control' arena tour in 2009? What was it like meeting them? I feel a little sad when I hear some of songs Girls Aloud sang on that tour now. It was probably the happiest time of my life. My dad was alive, and I was living the dream. It's a time I will always remember and cherish but also never get back. The tour was magical, chaotic, scary, emotional, but above all an absolute joy. Girls Aloud and their dancers were nothing but friendly and welcoming. We were very lucky to have been a part of it.
8. If you could duet with any artist, who would it be and why? Honestly, I'd love to do something with Phoebe Jo Brown! She is a great talent and we've always worked well on stage together. Since GCC, we have performed at parties for fun and theres always so much chemistry between us on stage together! You never know...
9. Have you ever been star struck when meeting a celebrity? If so, who was it? Yes, Beverly Knight. I don't tend to get star struck by 'celebrities' but I've always been a fan of Beverley Knight and I think she has a phenomenal voice! I'm in awe!
10. If you could invite any 3 famous people in the world to a dinner party, who would they be? Hmmm, Theres a question!! Ok, off the cusp, Cameron Diaz, because she seems like a laugh. Susan Sarandon, because I secretly wish she was my 2nd mum! And either Jack Nicholson or Jeff Goldblum, both exceptional actors with quirky charisma, I'd like to ask them lots of questions and gain some kind of insight into how their fascinating minds work.
11. If you weren't a singer, what would be your alternative career option? I'd be in charge of my own property business!
12. Is there anywhere fans can hear some material you've released on the internet? Yes!! I've recently written and released a track called 'Take Me To Vegas' which you can buy on itunes now! I wrote it with Warren Myers (Soulshakers) and it was released under Black Hole Label. I currently have two more tracks pending release, Andi Durrant ft Daisy Dance 'Take Me Underground' and 'Delete' which is signed to Lifted House. You can also go onto my YouTube site, daisydanceofficial for music, videos, covers and updates!
13. When are you hoping to release your debut single? I'm writing and releasing music all the time under indie labels. It's not as extravagant as the GCC days but I'm fully in control of what I write and record. Creatively It's very satisfying and therapeutic. Of course there is always a small part of me that would like to create a big hit, I think every singer/songwriter wants that, we'll see...!!
Thank you so much, Daisy! I had fun talking to you and I can't wait to hear your new material!
Watch 'Echo' by Girls Can't Catch here:
Download 'Take Me To Vegas' by Daisy Dance here!
Take a look at Daisy's official YouTube channel here!