Daisy Valentine is a singer/songwriter, synth player and DJ/producer from Stockport. She has a strong passion for music of all genres and began playing the piano at the age of 4. Throughout her childhood, she picked up various other instruments including guitar, drums and singing. Around the age of 18, she fell in love with electronic music and began producing and djing around Liverpool, Manchester and Ibiza. Currently, Daisy does keys and vocals in Fuzzy Sun.
“I honestly believe that for aspiring musicians Manchester is one of the best places in the world to start out.”
What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?
It has definitely got to be supporting Blossoms on their recent May 2018 UK tour!
What inspires you?
I think my mum and dad have had a lot to do with my taste in music and what inspires me. As a child, I remember my mum playing music like Def Leppard and Led Zeppelin in the car on the way to my music lessons and that really inspired me when learning guitar. On the other hand, my dad helped me fall in love with female vocals from artists like Fleetwood Mac and Blondie. Even though neither of my parents play instruments, growing up in a house where music is everywhere has shaped me into the musician that I am.
How has working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?
I honestly believe that for aspiring musicians Manchester is one of the best places in the world to start out. It is such a wonderfully inspiring and vibrant city in terms of music and culture, and the sense of community is unreal too. You’re a tiny fish in a big pond. Since I was 14, I’ve played so many gigs, big and small (many small!) in Manchester, I’ve made friends (of all ages) and contacts to network with along the way. Everywhere you go there are people offering advice and willing to help you in any way they can. I’ve learnt, and am still learning, so much about my profession from the city that is Manchester!
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
I have always been so hard on myself and over-critical. I want to be the best I can be and this, in some ways, is positive, but in other ways, it can ruin the fun. Sometimes you get so caught up in wanting to achieve your goals and worrying that you won’t get there that you actually forget to enjoy yourself! You have to believe that this what you are made for, work hard, stay focused and remember why you started in the first place – passion!
What are your goals for 2018?
My goals for 2018 are for Fuzzy Sun to continue progressing, perhaps the chance to do some more touring and recording – that would be really cool!
Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?
My childhood dreams always included owning a record label and getting a number one album. I guess we’ll have to see what the future brings!
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