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DAISY CHUTE'S 'LION EYES' OUT NOW


Daisy Chute is an American-Scottish folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her musical roots are born out of her transatlantic heritage and she writes award-winning intelligent songs with stories, performing them with spine-tingling vocals & intricate instrumentation. Following the release of her critically-acclaimed EPs ‘Songs of Solace’ (Nov 2021) and ‘Cradle Songs’ (Jan 2022), Daisy toured in Spring 2022 with sell-out shows in England, including arts venues Kings Place (London), The Met (Bury) and Bear Club (Luton). Over the summer, Daisy will bring out the first singles from her upcoming album and play some of Britain’s best folk and roots festivals including Ramblin’ Roots, Bristol Folk and Cambridge Folk and Glastonbury festivals. Her first single off the album is entitled ‘Lion Eyes’ and is due out alongside music video filmed in Poland/Iceland in May 2022. Daisy’s original work has had features on BBC Radio London/Bristol/Kent/Coventry/Surrey/Sussex, BBC Scotland, BBC Ulster, C4, BBC 1, 2 and 3, Sky, ITV, CNN, Bob Harris’ Under The Apple Tree series, London Live and globally across 900+ Caffe Nero and Tesco playlists. Daisy’s songs have been further recognised in competitions, coming first in the Kawai-sponsored RootsTechinternational songwriting competition with her song ‘Music Is There’ and in the Coffee Music Project singer-songwriter competition with her song ‘London’s on Fire’. Most recently she won the Lowden Guitar ‘Take The Stage’ competition which led to a performance for UK National Day at the Dubai Expo and a sponsorship from Lowden Guitars. Recent awards include the International Songwriting Award for Female Songwriter of the Year and Drake Yolanda Award.

“subtle and sparing acoustics ensure that her voice soars and shines throughout” - Folk Radio “Music is There is a quiet anthem for music lovers” - Andrew Frolish (Americana UK) “Absolutely tremendous talent" - Justine Greene (BBC Radio 2) “That really was fantastic. Just wonderful” - Sunny and Shay (BBC Radio London) “Gorgeous Voice” - Guy Garvey (Elbow, BBC Radio 2)

Whilst still at school Daisy signed to Universal/Decca as one quarter and lead vocalist of multiple platinum selling band All Angels. A mix of Celtic, American, Classical and Jazz backgrounds has since seen her feature across Film/TV/Game soundtracks ranging from The Sims 4, Tomb Raider, Shaun The Sheep the movie, 47 Ronin and Yesterday to David Attenborough documentaries (A Perfect Planet) and Radiohead albums (session vocalist on A Moon Shaped Pool). Recent projects have garnered support from the likes of her songwriting mentor Sir Ray Davies who describes her as a ‘committed, professional and creative songwriter’ and from music journalist Paul Sexton who counts her among his 'top music tips'.

As a dual national, Daisy performs both in the UK and US with recent tours to America (Nashville, New York, LA, Chicago) and festival appearances including Glastonbury Green Futures, Cornbury, Love Supreme, Black Deer, Edinburgh International Fringe and Summertyne. Daisy’s live stream concerts have been featured on Cambridge Folk Festival at Home, Glastonbury Experience, Virtually Green Note, Scotsman Sessions, Global Coffee Festival, Global Music Match and in 2021 official showcases for AmericanaFest UK’s Staying Connected and Folk Alliance’s Folk Unlocked.


Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?


It's been great so far thank you (all things considered!) - I released an EP in January called 'Cradle Songs' which has been received really well and got national radio play. Shortly after that I received the International Songwriting Award for Female Singer-Songwriter of the Year and won a songwriting competition with Lowden Guitars and performed in Dubai representing Scotland for the UK National Day. In Feb/March I toured England to arts venues including Kings Place in London and The Met in Bury. Since then I've been playing my first music festivals for the year, including Ramblin' Roots and Bristol Folk, with more coming including Cambridge Folk and Glastonbury.


Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist? I started quite young in the industry and it took a long time for me to grow in confidence to know the kind of music I wanted to make and write. I started singing other people's music for my first 4 albums and gradually shifted to recording and performing my own music which brings me a lot more creative satisfaction.


How did you come up with your latest project? My latest EPs - 'Songs of Solace' and 'Cradle Songs' each are concept EPs - 'Songs of Solace' goes from the beginning through to the end of a relationship in 6 songs and a music video series. It was crowdfunded last year and I wrote and co-produced the EP on my own, which was a first for me. For 'Cradle Songs' I took 3 lesser known Scottish poems from female poets and set them to music with collaborator Michael Csanyi-Wills, who also did the orchestral arrangements. My next record is my debut originals album - it's been a long time in the making but I'm very excited for it to finally be out there. I'm still writing material for it, but the first single is coming out this month - Lion Eyes - out on Fri 6th May on all platforms.


Where are you from originally? I'm from Edinburgh, Scotland but I'm half-American as my mum is from the states.


Where do you live now? I live in London most the time now


Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made? Yes - I've written songs inspired by places, including 'London's on Fire' which was very specifically about living in London. The culture of a city impacts you too - I get to see and hear amazing art all the time here (lockdowns permitting), though of course that's not exclusive to London. I like being able to be near my friends and musical collaborators though and staying out late in Soho after a gig :)

What was the inspiration to make music your career? I was inspired by other artists, and my parents have been a big part of inspiring and encouraging me early on. My mum is a painter and so arts were always important in our household and never undervalued. I was taught to express myself that way from an early age and to share it with the world. I would be taken to lots of concerts and theatre shows as a kid and would see and feel firsthand the impact of live performance on an audience.


How do you want to shape your career?

Having been signed to major labels and been controlled in what I sing and even what I wear and say, I'm embracing my independence as an artist who gets to make those decisions. I did appreciate having the team and the help around me to have the music reach a bigger audience, but I'm slowly building my own team to help with this aspect too, but on my own terms. I hope to write and release more music both solo and with different collaborators, and to tour to more venues across the country and other parts of the world.


Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music? A mix of the two - I like to stay flexible to opportunities that come along, but it's important to plan too. So I have a plan for the next year sketched out, that my agent has helped me put together too.


How did your latest title of your music come to be? Lion Eyes - my new single - came about because my songwriting partner actually misheard what I said in our session! I initially had meant 'Lionize' as in the verb which means "to treat as an object of great interest or importance", but he thought I meant 'Lion Eyes' and then it just stuck! The song was inspired by an Oscar Wilde short story called 'The Master' in which a young man is weeping because he has performed miracles like curing the blind and walking on water, yet no one crucified him. Those themes crept into the song - the idea of wanting to be more important than you are seen to be - but also intersected with my own personal relationship breakdown. Ultimately it's an empowering song - 'I will rise up' is repeated throughout - and it's about coming out of the negativity of a bad relationship and all the egos involved in that.

Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?

Yes it's hard to know when it's done sometimes! You can tweak forever if you're not careful and never finish anything! It took me a while to first let go - the fear of it not being right, but also the fear of it being ready and then all the pressure on the next steps after that to put it out there for the world to hear (or not hear!) - that tends to be more daunting than the songwriting part for musicians.


Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music? Absolutely - the more I write, the more personal it can get. Putting your personal deepest darkest secrets out there in the world is hard. Once I've written it though, I let it have a life of its own, and mean what it needs to mean for everyone else.


How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet? Heartfelt - hopefully that sums it up! Whatever it is I sing and write, I try to express the honesty of what I'm feeling as best I can and let people in.


Where do they go to listen NOW? You can find me on all the usual places - Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, Apple - or live of course! You can find all my links on my website - www.daisychute.com


What has been the best fan reaction to your music? I had a moment recently where I was singing a very casual gig and unexpectedly someone knew all the words to one of my songs 'Meet In The Middle' - that was quite fun to see!


Is there anything exciting coming up for you?

Lots! Summer festival time, like Glastonbury! But also the album! Some cool stuff is coming :)


Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE? Yes absolutely - I have pop up gigs in different places, but will be doing more touring in the autumn and spring next year. You can find me on social media for the up to date announcements as they come - @daisychuteofficial on instagram, facebook etc.


Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you! Thank you for this interview!

www.facebook.com/daisychuteofficial

www.instagram.com/daisychuteofficial

www.daisychute.com

www.twitter.com/daisychute

www.youtube.com/c/daisychuteofficial

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3EYH18eKn5tsogwCLxKjpR

https://www.tiktok.com/@daisychute