Whilst some would dispute it, it’s difficult to see how we’re not living through a golden age of musical discovery. If you’re even vaguely switched on, there are a million and one brand new songs each day to capture the attention, each more vibrant and exciting than the last. Of course, that amount of consumption means that it’s difficult for any one act to truly stick out – but even as the churn of the music industry reaches a terminal velocity, Deptford Goth (real name Daniel Woolhouse) has managed to rise above the pack with his glorious debut album Life After Defo. Acclaimed by the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian, The BBC and pretty much everywhere else that has reviewed it, the record has a beautiful sadness around it, teamed with some of the crispest production that 2013 is likely to get. Now Wave managed to convince Daniel to come up to Salford to play in St. Phil’s Church for SFTOC, and Daniel kindly spared a couple of seconds to answer a few of our questions ahead of May 5th.
Hi Daniel – What’s the best new thing you’ve listened to this year?
I haven’t listened to much new stuff recently… Best live band I’ve seen is Drop Out Venus.
Your record is incredibly beautiful, in a kind of downbeat manner that I really can’t get enough of. It’s the perfect soundtrack to being mid-20’s and worried about the direction you’ve taken in your life, I’ve found – what were your emotions whilst creating these songs? Do you feel happy with where you’re going in your life?
I wanted to write how I felt and in the year or so leading up to it. So it reflects a range of personal experiences. Some people say its a gloomy record but I think there’s hope in there, that’s what I wanted. Looking forward.
I don’t know where I’m going with my life! But I’m happy with that, I’ve never had a plan or imagined having a life long career or anything. Sometimes I’m not sure of myself but at this very second, right now, I am happy.
Is there anything you really didn’t want it to sound like?
I didn’t want it to sound like I was pretending, I wanted to make an honest record.
What can we expect from your live set-up? I’ve been waiting to find out for a good couple of years.
At the moment I play live with a Cellist. I’m on a synth most of the time and I’ve got some USB controllers going on too. Also a guitar thrown in occasionally.
Finally – what was the last thing you listened to that blew you away?