Finding Euphoria With Daily Bread
Atlanta-based musician Daily Bread is steadily making a name for himself in the industry with his soulful sounds and retro-inspired beats. So far, 2016 has been a milestone year for the artist, playing Euphoria Music Festival and the upcoming, big-name summer festivals Electric Forest and Camp Bisco. Sensible Reason caught up with Daily Bread at Euphoria in Austin, TX and discussed his musical inspirations, memorable moments, ultimate goals for the project and more.
SR: What’s the story behind the name Daily Bread?
DB: Daily Bread is a metaphor for music’s role in my life and music I make. I work at a record shop also so I’m constantly – every day, Monday through Friday – buying and selling records. Music really is my life, it’s my “daily bread,” and that’s the concept of the project. The loops that I find deep in the crates at work, I take home and try to bring them out here to festivals and expose people to different, obscure soul loops that they’ve never heard before and do it justice and perpetuate that groove from yesterday.
SR: Is there a particular person, place, thing or generation that inspires the music you make?
DB: I’m inspired by a lot of things; everyday life, the grind and the hustle. A lot of the songs that I make are binary based… good and evil, love/hate, that sort of thing. I do look up to a lot of different producers who came before me. Danger Mouse is a really big influence on me; he’s an Athens-based producer who did some work with the Gorillaz. RJD2 is a big influence. I actually first bought an MPC – which is a sampler – from a pawn shop the day after I saw RJD2 for the first time in 2007. That was when sample-based music clicked for me.
SR: When did you first start creating music and when was the first time you realized this is what you wanted to pursue as a career? What was that realization like and how did you come to create this project?
DB: Music has always been a hobby of mine; I’ve always been a student of music. I started taking drum lessons around 4th grade and started taking guitar lessons in middle school. I started dabbling in the electronic realm in 2007-08 and I was making music for some of my friends wakeboard videos. It wasn’t really until about two years ago when I decided to put it in the forefront, start doing shows and prioritize the music. And to be able to be here at a festival like Euphoria and interact with other artists and people who love music makes it totally worthwhile.
SR: What was your most memorable moment as Daily Bread?
DB: Honestly, it’s a tie. I was lucky enough to open up for Derek Vincent Smith (Pretty Lights) for a sold-out Halloween show in Nashville. It was the first out-of-state play that I’ve had and it was a very humbling experience; I will never forget that. The second show we ever played was with ill.Gates on New Years Eve 2014 in Atlanta at Aisle 5 (we were direct support) and we sold out the room. Seeing a full room of people vibing to your music for the first time makes a really big impact on you as an artist. Those two moments were very influential.
SR: What was your most memorable moment in your personal life?
DB: The first time I saw RJD2 in concert. He used a sampler and that was when it all clicked for me. I had that “A-ha” moment when I saw him. It was in 2007 at Echo Project and I went to the pawn shop that next Monday and spent $300 on an MPC2000 with no memory upgrades and just made floppy disk beats for three years.
SR: Is this your first time at Euphoria Music Festival?
DB: Yeah. this is my first time at Euphoria. It was wonderful… it’s amazing.
SR: What was the experience like playing for a festival crowd of this size?
DB: We were able to kick the festival off at 3 p.m. and it was awesome playing for a festival crowd. We were on the Euphoria stage and it was really cool. We had great sound on stage and got great feedback and to look out over a quasi-vast expanse and seeing droves of people grooving to the tunes you’ve made in your bedroom… it was very humbling. I wish I could go back to it now.
SR: Do you have a favorite festival that you’ve played so far, and if so, why was it your favorite?
DB: We had a really good time at Counterpoint last year, but I would say the experience we had here at Euphoria topped it. It was fun opening up the day playing main stage so I would say this experience is at the top of the list.
SR: You use a lot of R&B tunes in your music. What is it about that genre that turns you on?
DB: I’m a big soul music fan; I collect soul music. Soul 45s and northern soul stuff. There’s something about that sped-up soul sound that is really inspiring to me. I spend a lot of time listening to that music. I feel bad sometimes because I don’t always know what’s “hip” right now but I can tell you a lot of different things from the past. Soul music is definitely very inspiring.
SR: Are there other musical styles that influence your music or that you are currently interested in?
DB: Lately, I’ve been listening to more bass music. I’ve been getting into Bassnectar a little but more and spending some more time listening to some of the more synthesis-based stuff. My music is very organic. It usually starts off with a drum break and just keeps evolving from there. I’ve been trying to incorporate more bass elements. I’ve been listening to Lorin’s music a lot more; I really didn’t listen to a lot of it before I started hitting festivals. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Michael Menert, which, we actually played a Menert remix today (shout out to Michael)… I’m just always trying to keep it fresh and new and just go with what inspires me.
SR: Who is one particular artist that you admire?
DB: DJ Shadow is somebody I look up to. He stays relatively behind the scenes and he’s really about his craft; he can do it all.
SR: Who is your dream artist to open for or collaborate with?
DB: Prince – believe it or not – I would flip if I was ever given the opportunity to do anything officially with Prince’s work. It would be a very monumental moment in my career. That man is another one of the creative souls that I look up to. He does his own thing and he’s always stayed relevant. I owe my love of Prince to my pop actually. He was always rockin’ Prince during my childhood.
SR: Do you have any new music/albums you’re working on right now?
DB: I’m always making music but right now I’m working on my third collective release which is going to go out on Philos Records. It’s looking like a mid- to late summer release date and I’m thinking about unofficially calling it Divided Soul because there’s going to be a lot of different themes in the album. It’s going to be an EP; about four or five songs. So far I’ve got a song about a hypothetical police chase and songs about love, death, politics — it’s kind of all over the place so that’s where the name stems from. I’m also working on a remix right now for the guys at Belles and Robes and looking forward to hopefully getting some studio time with Artifakts and putting some stuff out with them as well.
SR: Do you believe, as an artist, that music has powerful communication capabilities to get people to act on something that they might not have thought to do before?
DB: Yeah, music is a very powerful thing and some people live their lives based off music. I think it’s phenomenally influential and I think that artists definitely have certain responsibilities when it comes to presenting their ideas. Music can definitely make a social impact, I don’t know if it’s an artist’s responsibility necessarily to make that impact with their project but it’s definitely powerful and very influential.
SR: Is there an ultimate goal for Daily Bread? Where do you want to see it go?
DB: We’re very humbled where we’ve been able to go in the last year and a half. There’s definitely a final vision that we’re pushing towards. Right now, we’re just trying to get out in front of as many people and play as many stages as we can, introduce listeners to the music and just build on what we’ve already established.
SR: What is your advice for people who want to start making music professionally?
DB: Know your history, know your history and KNOW YOUR HISTORY. Study the people that have done this before you and sit back and listen to everybody you look up to who is doing what you want to do. Don’t rush it at all, be a fly on the wall. The more you soak up, the more you’ll be able to put out once you pull the trigger. Just be patient and surround yourself with good people.
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