We chat to Blue Daisy about his performance at The Great Escape
Friday 9th May
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Kwesi Darko aka Blue Daisy, 27, is an experimental electronic artist from Camden. We spoke to him ahead of his live show for RBMA at The Great Escape on Friday 9th May at Komedia.
What have you been up to?
Today I’ve just come out of a meeting about my new EP. It’s in its final stages and I’m hoping to get it released fairly soon. I’m signed to 37 Adventures so my last EP and single ‘Psychotic Love’ was released by them. I’m not sure what this new one is called yet, but at the moment I’m thinking ‘Home & Heartless’.
How did you get into doing music?
I’m not a trained musician, I’ve been self-taught. I guess you could say my ear is naturally trained. Since the age of eighteen I was experimenting with music, and growing up in Camden meant I was surrounded by an up-and-coming music scene. For four years now music has been a full-time thing for me, it’s what I do.
How would you describe your sound?
It’s aggressive, dark, and a bit nuts! Like my mind. I grew up around grime and hip-hop but there are influences from indie bands as well.
Where does the name ‘Blue Daisy’ come from?
(Laughing) It’s a long story. Basically when I started out under the name Kwes, there was another artist around with the same name and people were getting confused, thinking my site was for his remixes or something. At first I didn’t mind us being linked but eventually I wanted to break away from that. The ‘Blue’ part is the blue of a blue sky day. The ‘Daisy’ part is a daisy I saw in my local park. This daisy stood out for me because even though it was the same as all the other daisies it was on its own and a bit of an outcast. That’s what I’m all about, being an outcast and an individual; knowing what’s going on around me but not being part of it.
Your video for ‘Fuck a Rap Song’ is pretty striking- are you anti-rap?
I’m anti the ‘Rick Ross’ genre of rap. There was a point where that type of rap was being copied everywhere, even in the UK, and I thought, fuck this. That song is about the whole champagne-popping culture. It’s ironic, since it’s a rap song itself. The video was directed by Ruff Mercy who also did Lily Allen’s new video ‘Sheezus’ (and also Disclosure’s ‘F for You’). It is dark but it works for the song.
Describe what you do?
I DJ and produce, I sing and rap on my own tracks, but what I’ll be doing at The Great Escape is a live show. I’m not on a tour as such at the moment; I’m more concentrating on finishing the album but I perform now and then. My shows have been here, there and everywhere recently- I was in France last week.
What should we expect from your performance?
Chaos! (Laughing) I’m a one man band.
Is it your first show in Brighton?
I played Brighton with TOKiMONSTA ages ago, it was one of my first shows, but I can’t remember the venue. It was a good little place, and I find that intimate is best, so it will be good to play Komedia at The Great Escape as it’s also a fairly intimate venue.
Are you looking forward to watching any other artists at The Great Escape?
Yes, actually I might try to come down the day before I play to catch some other people. I want to see Rejjie Snow, Ratking, Denai Moore and Benjamin Clementine. Rejjie Snow and Ratking do great hip-hop, the other two are more singer/songwriters, you should check them all out.