- Tue, 2009-08-04 16:22
One of the most exciting pop prospects for 2009, Girls Can't Catch are Daizy, Jess and Phoebe. Having toured throughout the UK with label-mates Girls Aloud, they get set to release their debut single, Keep Your Head Up, on Fascination Records.
I Like Music caught up with Daizy to chat about the Girls Can't Catch sound, their style, writing and recording and the women in music she admires.
"I Like Music because… In my head and heart it takes me to places like nothing else can. I listen to music to know I am not alone.” Daizy, Girls Can't Catch
ILM: How would you describe the Girls Can't Catch sound?
Daizy: Infectious! We are three lead singers with very big voices so I guess that stands out most. We like to describe the music as dirty pop. Not so polished, but of course still pop.
ILM: What's the story behind Girls Can't Catch? How did it all come together?
Daizy: We were all working hard on our own individual musical projects when we got scouted by the label. I think we were picked mainly for our vocals and then for our different personalities. We are a good mix of strong characters, which works in harmony with our musical style.
ILM: What was it like when you met for the first time?
Daizy: I remember Jess being very quiet - she was the least offensive! But she’s a smart cookie and has really come forward. Phoebe on the other hand was loud and held nothing back! When I first met Phoebs I thought we would clash as we are both confident characters. As it turns out, we get on incredibly well! Especially in interviews, we bounce off each other.
ILM: There are a lot of cool, young female artists in pop at the moment. What is the Girls Can't Catch plan to stand out?
Daizy: I love that the pop market is being dominated by girls, it’s great! I suppose most of my CD collection is female based. As for us, in my opinion we are a dynamic band. There’s no pretending to be or act anything that we are not. I personally think we're quite funny as well! Humour is a big part of our image, we’re not afraid to look silly as well as a little sexy.
ILM: You all look lovely, but clearly have your own individual styles. What would you say are your similarities and differences as members of Girls Can't Catch?
Daizy: We have very different styles but love pulling our look together so it works as a band. I don’t think our looks are similar. Phoebs is more vintage and likes prints and quirky pieces. Jess doesn’t like heels, she opts for a more urban sporty style, very cool. I like tight, and a little more revealing, generally the outfits that the label won't let me wear! One day I will get my way! Cue evil laugh..!
ILM: You've already worked with some top songwriters. What has that process been like? What are some of the most important, useful things you've learnt?
Daizy: We have been so lucky to work with some of the best producers in the business! We have learnt so much about ourselves and the industry. One of our favourite producers is Johnny Douglas, it’s always fun when we're in the studio with him! The best piece of advice came from him. He said it’s all about playing the game. As soon as you believe your own hype the game is playing you. I love that, never take yourself too seriously. We could be in this game for 10 years or 10 minutes. Nothing gives us the right to assume other wise.
ILM: What was it like making the video for Keep Your Head Up? What were your personal highlights of the experience?
Daizy: I loved the whole day, we were lucky it didn’t go on all night as some videos do! Walking on rough ground in a tip in 6inch heels holding a croquet stick while trying to sing into the camera was challenging! Apart from that, the experience and memories are priceless. I can’t wait to do the next one!
ILM: What would be your dream future for Girls Can't Catch?
Daizy: A long, busy, successful career earning respect from critics and fans. We haven’t fallen out so far so it would be great if the harmony between us remained as well!
ILM: Out of everything you've done so far with the band, what have been the best moments for you?
Daizy: For me Glastonbury was special. I never thought we would land something like that being a girl band with no single out at that time. It was muddy, it was relaxed, our songs had been stripped down to acoustic versions and the crowd reaction was so positive. I was beaming all day.
ILM: What music are you listening to at the moment?
Daizy: We were all given new ipods at an iTunes gig at the Roundhouse in London recently. Like I mentioned earlier, I’m very into my female acts. I’m listening to Lady GaGa and The Saturday's album a lot at the moment. I love the older singers like India Arie. She makes me feel good when I’m tired or stressed. I play Lauren Hill a lot when I’m on the train to a recording session.
ILM: Out of all the live gigs you've seen, which ones will you never forget and why?
Daizy: Take That at the Cardiff stadium! Wow! I had never been a fan until I saw their circus show! They pulled out all the stops and it actually left me speechless, which takes some doing!
ILM: Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Daizy: I’m very inspired by strong women, in terms of both personality and vocally. I like singers with something to say in their songs, singers who are not perfect, that have lived and really know the ups and downs of life. I believe to sing from the heart is knowing what it feels like to be heart-broken, to be struggling, to know the pain as well as joy. Mary J Blige is a big influence, No more drama really sums her up. I recently met Beverley Knight at a festival in Leeds and I was so star struck! I think she has one of the best voices in this country.