His last album ‘Love & War’ threw him head first into the mainstream pop circuit with the top five, heavily radio rotated track, ‘Red’. Now, following a life changing experience, Daniel Merriweather, also famed for his Mark Ronson related rendition of The Smiths classic ‘Stop Me’, is back with an exceptional, fresh, highly emotive and atmospheric, RnB infused cut in the form of “Breathe”, the first in a trio of collaborations with fellow Australian production duo, Wordlife.
Velour caught up with Daniel exclusively to find that the change in direction sits closer to both his heritage and his heart.
EP: Tell us a bit about how the collaboration with Wordlife came about?
DM: Adam Bozzetto and Barney Hodgson AKA ‘Wordlife’ and I met through a mutual friend and fashion designer Pete Le Chic from the Melbourne based label, ‘For the Homies’ . I instantly loved what they were doing so it was a matter of: “Why don’t you slow down your techno beats to half time and then I’ll be able to sing on them?”
Turns out, they were already thinking along the same lines, so that’s what we did. After that we just started working – and couch surfing! Either I’d go up to Sydney for a couple of days or they would come to Melbourne. Most of the vocals were recorded in the storeroom at the ‘For The Homies’ studio in Melbourne. It was very DIY.
Musically it’s something of a change in direction from your last album, is this a glimpse into what we can expect to hear from you in the future?
To be honest, all the stuff I am writing now is very similar to what I was doing back in 99 / 2000, pre ‘Love & War’… I’ve been listening to a lot of the R&B I was making back when I was 18/ 19 that was never released. With this track, I’ve kind of gone back there. I guess I’m going back to my roots, which have always been hip-hop, R&B and classical music.
When can we expect to hear more?
At the moment, my collaboration with Wordlife is literally as simple as this : we make a song, mix it, Pete Le Chic does the artwork, then we put it on Soundcloud for free. We have two more musical donations that are nearly ready for release and then we will either never talk to each other again, or we will never, not ever not talk to each other again. I love these guys so I’m sure it will be the latter.
What inspires you to keep writing?
I had a grand mild seizure about 6 months ago. I was rushed to the hospital, woke up the next day and I was still breathing. So, I checked myself into rehab and now I see the world in a very different way to how I used to. Everything is so different now that I am ‘straight edge’. I barely even drink coffee now.
Do you have any plans to tour?
Wordlife and I are going to put out the next two songs and then maybe do a little tour after that…
Will we be seeing you in the UK any time soon?
The UK is very close to my heart and I miss being there, I would love to come back soon. At the moment I am working on a play with friend and poet Omar Musa in Melbourne. When that is done I’ll be on the first flight out.
Words by Erika Perfect
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