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Rising artist Daisy Guttridge on bringing ‘dark pop with swagger’ (DMNW Interview)

London singer-songwriter Daisy Guttridge took our attention when she first appeared on Hippie Sabotage’s tracks. Her newest track with Marc E. Bassy, Skin, is already taking off on Spotify reaching over 100k plays in less than three days.

We had the chance to sit down with Daisy when she was in Atlanta opening up for Hippie Sabotage on their Rooms of Hallucination tour. Her captivating voice took the room’s attention when she went on stage. Even though many of her original tracks are new to the crowd, they were still captivated the second she started singing.

Daisy Guttridge needs to be added to your watch list for 2022, and in the meantime, get to know her a little better with our sit-down interview.

DMNW: To start, tell us a little about yourself!

Daisy: My name is Daisy Guttridge, born in England, Birmingham, UK. I moved to California five years ago. I fell into writing songs and wanting to do it for myself. I think I always wanted to be an artist, but I had to earn my stripes. I’ve been on tour with Hippie Sabotage for the past couple of years. Originally, just went out and did one song during their set. Then finally I came to a point during COVID, I spent so many hours with my producer TK, we locked in, made a whole body of work, then it was the right time for me to come out and open for them.

DMNW: How has the tour been so far?

Daisy: It’s been incredible. I think the last time we were on tour was two years ago and we just got to New Orleans, then we were told the whole tour was canceled, because of COVID. That sucked. We were so pumped. To be back on tour, and this time as an opener has been incredible. I think all the fans have been just so ready to get back into live music. So have we. It’s been supercharged.

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DMNW: How would you describe your style of music to people who are new to your sound?

Daisy: I would say it’s a mix between Halsey and The Weekend. I’d call it dark pop. Pop with a swagger. The songs that I have out so far, I Found U, came out at the end of last year. Then my song Skin just came out. Those songs are about just being young, being in love, making mistakes, but just living your life and having a good time. I think when I perform these songs, I want them to just feel empowered to have fun.

DMNW: Your new song with Marc E. Bassy, how did that collaboration come together?

Daisy: I’ve been a fan of Marc for a while. One of his earlier albums, Gossip Columns. I’d blast that in my car. I’d say to my friends, “One day, I want to do a song with Marc E. Bassy.” Then fast forward four years, I have a song with Marc E. Bassy. For me, it’s a full-circle moment. We have the producer, we both work with, Tk Kayembe. He produced my two singles and my EP that’s going to come out. He’s working with Marc as well. Marc heard one of my records, liked the vibes, and we just took it to another level.

DMNW: Your debut EP The Highs, can you tell us a little about that? What you are most excited about the new EP?

Daisy: I think the first two songs are a continuation of that. Just being young and what that means, just when you don’t overthink things, you can be fully present, just experiencing the highs of good moments. I think moving from England to here, when I was younger, there were lots of highs and lows. It’s about what those moments meant to me, encompassing that. I feel The Highs can apply to so many different scenarios. Lots of mental health and just the struggle of just moving to a city. When I moved here, I knew one person. As a teenager, and just being in a city by yourself and everything you go through when that happens. Also, living in a country you weren’t born in. The challenges that come with that too, and seeing the silver linings in those moments.

DMNW: What are some artists that inspire you outside of the genre of music that you produce?

Daisy: That’s a great question. I grew up with my mom driving me to school every day, listening to the Carpenters. We play that CD back to back, on the way to school, and on the way back. I think having a little sister and having those extra years in the car, was training for my singing now. I love The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar, love all those vibes. I also think for my music, I want to redefine what pop song is. Being a member of the LGBT community, I try and refrain from saying he or she, just because I want my songs to apply to everyone. I want them to listen to it and not feel alienated by it. The more you can make it about emotion, less about a person, the more you can connect with people.

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DMNW: How do you see yourself growing as an artist and experimenting with your sounds in the future?

Daisy: I think more collaborations, more unexpected collaborations and not being stuck in the genre of only collaborating with other pop artists. I’m playing a 30-minute set, and 28 minutes of that set is unreleased music. The reception has been incredible from all the fans, and some of the fans have seen me from the very beginning with Hippies.

DMNW: Any last words for your Pacific Northwest fans?

Daisy: Big fan of the Pacific Northwest. Being from England, the climate is very similar. I love the rain. I just want to say, out of all the shows we’ve played so far, Seattle was top three. Two nights there, back to back, the fans were incredible, they went hard.

Are you planning to see Daily on her Rooms of Hallucination tour? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!


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