Photograph supplied by Chontalle Musson
Heather McMillan interviewed Theo, lead vocalist of Daffodils in anticipation for their upcoming shows with Methyl Ethel and Stink this weekend. Wellington on Friday night at San Fran, and Auckland on Saturday at Galatos! Tickets still available HERE.
Q: You have played a widespread amount of gigs already in 2019 what’s been your favourite one so far?
A: For sure Laneway, that was absolutely wild. Getting to be a part of that was a dream for all of us, so it felt massively surreal being offered a slot. It was also nuts playing alongside Skeggs the night before as well, they’re a huge favourite of ours.
Q: In what ways do you hope the sound of your band will be influenced as you grow as musicians overtime?
A: I’m really excited by the prospect of working with lots of different people. I think that being able to take inspiration from so many different peoples’ perceptions of music is one of the greatest things about the era of music that we’re in at the moment. It’s so cool being able to find new and exciting music literally everywhere.
Q: Who are your favourite local musicians and what about them makes them stand out to you?
A: Ha the Unclear are absolutely brilliant, Miss June, Cut Off Your Hands, just a few of our favourites! I reckon New Zealand has such a high standard of forward thinking musicians, constantly trying new things. It’s so hard to chop it down to just a few, but I think the thing that makes them stand out is a willingness to try things that are different and new.
Q: How do you write your songs and do you ever consider how they’ll translate to a live audience?
A: Yeah definitely. We’re a live band first and foremost, and that has a big effect on our writing process. We’ll often start with the bare bones of a song and work it up with the four of us in our little practice room, playing around with the idea until it morphs into a fully fledged song.
Q: What’s got you excited in 2019?
A: These shows coming up with Methyl Ethyl and STINK! Super excited for those, and we’ve got an EP on the way which has been a long time coming. We’re really excited to have new music out there! I can’t wait for that.
Q: If there’s one thing you could change about the Music Industry what would it be?
A: I think there needs to be more support in regards to mental health. Not a lot of working musicians get the support they need in their own mental health struggles, and it’s really important that that’s changed as soon as possible.
Q: Lots of people write letters to their future selves talking about where they are now and where they want to be in the future. Where do you hope to be in the future and what’s got you excited about the present?
A: I’m just really looking forward to playing more shows, going on tour, writing more music; that’s what keeps me going for sure, and I want to be able to do that more and more. I think there’s a lot of really exciting directions that the music industry could go in over the next few years, and I’m looking forward to being a part of that. There’s also a lot to be excited about in the immediate future; we’ve got an EP coming out in the next couple of months, and then a tour alongside that most likely! I absolutely cannot wait for those.
Q: When do you feel most at home on stage or whilst writing and recording?
A: I definitely love the feeling of songs coming together at home and in the studio, but there’s absolutely nothing that beats being on stage and having that connection with everyone in the room there with you. I think that’s the thing I love most about music, being able to connect with people in that way.