INTERVIEW: Saint Daniel

How have you been?

I’ve been great, thanks! Excited to release my debut single.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Wake Me Up And You’re Gone”?

This is the very first track I’m releasing to the public and it already received positive response from people in the music industry, both in the UK and the US.

The basis for my sound comes largely from late 90’s trip-hop, especially Massive Attack’s smash hit album “Mezzanine”, while my voice is reminiscent of Depeche Mode, Placebo or Savage Garden.

For the remix I collaborated with edapollo who built his name among Bristol’s underground circles and was praised by various influential music sources. I absolutely love the ethereal otherworldly sound of his music. He also did all the graphic design for this release. One of the Bristol’s finest.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It’s more of a conglomeration of personal events that served as a basis for the song.

The lyrics touch on a subject of loneliness and delusion that quick infatuation can transition into something serious.

It comes from a constant search for something meaningful and inability to find it, which is a common occurrence these days that everyone can relate to.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah, the video is released alongside the track and is available on my YouTube channel SaintDanielMusic.

We shot it at Kingsgate Bay in Kent, about 2,5 hrs out of London. The idea was to create a certain resemblance to Madonna’s “The Power of Goodbye” with its beautiful coastal visuals.

In addition, these two tracks also have one thing in common – using detachment as the inspiration since both songs deal with themes of a heart closed towards love.

How was the recording and writing process?

To be honest, this track came out of the blue. I had a recording session booked to do four tracks with the same producer. For the other three songs I already had demos in place. For this one I only had a strong melody and chord progression in hand, so I had to quickly write a song to record the next day.

So we started the process with creating a psychedelic beat after listening to a few tracks that use trippy sounds like Britney’s “Touch of My Hand”, The Beatles “Within You Without You” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”. It worked perfectly with the melancholic feeling of the song.

It ended up being the strongest work to come out of this particular session.

What role does London play in your music?

My formative years were spent in London, hence the city influenced my artistic vision quite heavily, both aesthetically and sonically. It gave me the level of freedom I haven’t experienced before. Here all the barriers and taboos are broken and various cultures from all across the world play their own part in shaping the local cultural landscape. It’s great for being experimental with your own artistic abilities.

How did the likes of Alex Turner and Bjork get to influence the writing on this record?

British music always had a major influence on me. Blur, Oasis, Muse, Massive Attack all played their part in shaping my taste in music.

But I especially love Arctic Monkeys as they have drastically different approach to songwriting which contrasts heavily with general predictability of today’s pop music.

My own music is still pop but I love approaching it from a different perspective more common in indie rock.

Tracks like “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” or “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” give me some kind of a lyrical vertigo.

Björk on the other hand takes listeners on a psychedelic trip with both her sound and lyrics. I can listen to “All Is Full Of Love” on repeat all day. My way of creating music is similar in that sense.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely, I’ll be following it up with another release within the next few months. Stay tuned!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

At present I’m aiming for October – November release but it might change. Something bigger is coming next year.

Any plans to hit the road?

There are gigs planned to promote the release starting from late August. In the UK for the time being, hopefully taking it to the international level soon.

What else is happening next in Saint Daniel’s world?

There are several projects in the pipeline. Some in music, some in other creative disciplines. Follow me on social media or subscribe to the newsletter to keep updated.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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