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Daley: 'Jessie J fans have been kind'

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Singer-songwriter Daley.

As we gear up for that time of year when numerous lists inform us who's going to be huge in 2013, we thought we'd introduce one of our favourite picks Daley.

The singer-songwriter has teamed up with Jessie J for his new single, ahead of launching himself rather bravely in the UK and US at the same time.

Digital Spy called up the busy star to find out more about him and get the inside track on plans for his debut album

Congratulations on your new single 'Remember Me'; have the public been kind about it?
"It's been really good. I think people warmed to it because of the sample from the '90s, which is what I wanted to happen. A lot of Jessie J's fans jumped on it, so it was good to see their reaction, and people seem to be enjoying it."

Jessie J is a pretty big deal these days; how did you get her on the track?
"I've known Jessie for a couple of years - we first met before either of us had really done anything. We did open mic nights and showcases, trying to get ourselves out there. Jessie went on to conquer the world and stayed in touch, but always wanted to do something together. I wrote the song and felt like there was only one person who could sing that part. I got in touch with Jessie, but didn't hear back for a couple of months, so just thought she was too busy. I got a text three or four days before we put it out to radio, and she was like, 'I love it, let's do it tomorrow'. And that was that!"

Have her 'Heartbeats' fans been treating you well?
"Yes, they have actually! I think they got a bit defensive when they saw I was getting a bit close to Jessie in the video, but they've been really supportive."

Daley and Jessie J in 'Remember Me' music video.
Singer-songwriter Daley.


Do you have a name for your own fans yet?
"I don't know - it's a weird thing really. I haven't thought of one. What do you call them? Maybe when something naturally comes it will feel right."

We remember hearing 'Alone Together' earlier this year and then wondering where you disappeared to. What happened?
"I released a mixtape last year, and then I got signed in America earlier this year. So I've been over there for a couple of months and 'Alone Together' is actually the single there. So I've been promoting that in the States and finishing off the album really."

Juggling launches in the UK and US sounds like hard work...
"To be honest, I didn't decide to do it. It was kinda taken out of my hands, because the mixtape actually gained momentum in the States. So I was approached by a US label and they were really excited to get a record out. So it kind of just happened and now I'm back and forth between the two. It's exciting."

How did you get discovered?
"I was trying to make it in Manchester, but finding it difficult because there weren't a lot of places to get myself noticed. I ended up saving money to move down to London, and just literally got myself out to every open mic showcase that I could do. One of my demos ended up getting played on BBC 1Xtra radio, so I submitted it to BBC Introducing. They selected me to a live session at Maida Vale, and that's what got the attention of the labels."

Singer-songwriter Daley.


So now you're signed to a major label, have they tried to change you in any way?
"It's better than I expected because I've always been told that you don't get a say in things and that they're just going to ruin everything you do. In my case, it hasn't been like that and they've just let me do what I'm doing and liked it. It's not been that difficult, but I'm sure it could be in the future - you never know."

Are the songs you've put out so far a good representation of your debut album?
"I think so. I'm trying to refine it more. I gave people the mixtape as something for them to hear, but I didn't really focus on the overall sound. The album will have certain themes and introduce another layer of what I want to do as a musician."

Have you finished it yet?
"It's pretty much all done. I've written all the songs and most of them have been produced. I'm literally fine-tuning them and getting them mixed. We should be looking at February/March time for the album."

Who has been helping you out?
"I've been working with Bernard Butler, who's obviously from Suede and he worked on Duffy's album. It's been really interesting working with him, because the stuff is very unlike what he is known for. We've been working on some soulful, electronic stuff, which I'm really excited about. In the States I've been working Shea Taylor, who produced all of Beyoncé's albums. So it's going to be a mix of American R&B stuff, with real British influences. I've been calling it future throwback soul."

Daley's new single 'Remember Me' featuring Jessie J will be released in the UK on December 9. Watch the official music video below:

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