Dublin-based solo artist DAY_S has returned with his debut EP, Born To Be Alone. We asked him the BIG questions . . .
Speaking about the EP's lead single, Therapy, he says, "It’s all about self-expression, letting your feelings be known and shouting them out loud.
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"The lyrics traverse over a driving rhythm as the guitar mimics the screaming emotion. The song is about making your emotions real and being able to dance with them."
DAY_S grew up listening to Nirvana and hip hop but was also influenced by Jeff Buckley and Steven Tyler.
Working with Diffusion Lab, he has released singles such as Last Night, Elbows, Dangerous and Fever and featured on Mango x Mathman 2018’s Choice Music Prize nominated song of the year Lord Hear Us.
Tell us three things about yourself . . .
I can balance a broom on my chin. I do a great Al Pacino impression. I can name every Royal Rumble winner of all time in order.
How would you describe your music?
I think it's definitely grunge influenced with a lot of trap and electronic vibes. Basically, chaos to cry to. My cousin Shane, who’s an artist @shaneomalleyart, definitely was the one who influenced a lot of my music taste. He used to burn CDs for us when we were kids and mine always had Nirvana or 50 Cent or Tupac on it. I’ve been into grunge for as long as I can remember really. I think the trap aspect came in the last few years, watching the change of Hip Hop definitely inspired me to take aspects of Trap and use them in my own music. I guess the electronic side just comes from growing up going to house and techno gigs, can’t beat it.
Who are your musical inspirations?
I grew up on Steven Tyler, Kurt Cobain, and Jeff Buckley so they definitely influenced the way I sing but I love pulling inspiration from everywhere from Einaudi to Doja Cat. There’s so much good music out there at the moment.
What was the first gig you ever went to?
No word of a lie, I went to Snoop Dogg and P Diddy in the point with my dad when I was 12. 100% the youngest and whitest kid there but knew every word to Gin and Juice. I think it was 2007, I was still in primary school.
What was the first record you ever bought?
People always try to answer this with a cool answer like Metallica but honestly it was the Dustin the Turkey album. The greatest hits CD came out in 2001, who knows why I liked it honestly, I must have found it funny. There are still some belters on it in fairness.
What’s your favourite song right now?
The Gold - Phoebe Bridgers’ version. It is such a beautiful song, the delayed piano at the start just kicks it all off, and Phoebe's incredible vocal almost haunting the story leaves such a mark on me. Or Mel Made Me Do It - Stormzy. The return of Stormzy can’t be denied, he comes back with a seven-minute banger of just verse. You can’t put this on the headphones and not feel untouchable.
Favourite lyric of all time?
"How your past becomes your present when it’s always on your mind". Dionne - The Japanese House and Justin Vernon. It’s such a simple concept and makes perfect sense. We all try to hide behind smart words but when you can say something so great in the simplest way, that makes a great lyric. It’s also incredibly true if you’re always thinking about your past; it becomes your present.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Oh, that’s tough. Agape - Nicholas Britell. I think this might be my favourite song of all time. To me, it is perfect in every way. Any time I listen to it, it changes my day. I can’t help but smile and get emotional when I hear it. I could honestly listen to it non-stop and never get sick of it
Where can people find your music/more information?
On all streaming platforms under DAY_S. And on Instagram and Tiktok @whoisdays.