- 22 Apr 20
The Dublin-born, London-based artist discusses being an early bloomer, and the strange times we live in.
How long have you been playing music?
DANIEL BLUME: Since I was literally six months old. My Mum took me to these mother and child music classes, where all the moms sat in a circle with the babies on their laps, and there were shakers, and drums. It was a great, interactive way to inspire a love of music from a really young age. That led to me getting to choose what instrument I wanted to learn in school, which was classical guitar. It quickly became a lot more serious than a hobby. I went to a music school in the UK when I was nine, and now I’m singing and making pop music.
You live in the UK now, but where in Ireland are you from?
My dad’s side is from Dublin, and my Mum’s from Meath.
How many different instruments do you play?
Guitar and piano. And I sing as well, of course.
What inspired ‘Catch Feelings?’
I was going through this period where I was falling for the wrong kind of people, putting myself in situations I shouldn’t, and I wanted to write a song calling myself out and wishing I had better control of those emotions. I think a lot of people can relate to that.
What are you hoping you can accomplish once this self-isolation period is over?
I want to travel the world playing my music. Performing is what I love the most, and I love seeing real faces in front of me, a real crowd.
Anywhere you especially want to play?
It seems the least exotic, but I haven’t actually performed yet in Ireland. And Irish crowds are famed for being the best, so I think the first thing I’m going to do when this is all over is get a show together in Ireland.
• Daniel Bloom’s ‘Catch Feelings’ single is out now