Singer songwriter Daniel Wakeford has 43,000 followers on Facebook, sells out gigs in minutes and topped the Spotify viral chart. He plays The Great Escape in May and his Valentine’s day video was watched by a quarter of a million people. SO WHY ISN’T DANIEL HAPPY?
Daniel says “I have been making music for 10 years and have autistic spectrum. I’m very excited to see my fans, a lot of fans want to see me and my band. We need some more gigs, but we need some help.”
Daniel has come a very long way since arts organisation Carousel starting supporting him to make, record and perform his music. With his song writing partner, Tom Cook, he has written well over a hundred songs, ten of which were recorded for his album last year The Songs Of Gigs. He represented the UK at the Song For Europe in Sweden in 2013 and last year Daniel completed a nine-date tour of the UK. The tour gained Daniel new exposure in mainstream media including interviews for two national papers and led to him being called ‘a legend and an inspiration’ by BBC Radio’s 6Music’s Marc Riley.
But Daniel’s music is a new discovery for many of his fans. In January 2017, his fourth appearance on Channel 4’s The Undateables featured Daniel going on tour and showcased his track Playboy Girls. The response was immediate and overwhelming. By the beginning of March, Daniel’s Facebook page had over 40,000 fans, he had accumulated over 125,000 plays on Spotify and Playboy Girls had topped the Spotify UK Viral Chart.
Carousel’s Gareth Evans says “It is perfect timing for Daniel to be propelled in to the next stage of his career; he has the songs, the talent, the fans and certainly the potential to go all the way. This hike in popularity has happened very quickly. We’ve had many gig offers and requests from promoters and fans right around the UK. Carousel has been able to help Daniel make some of these opportunities happen but we can’t help Daniel to do all he wants to do without additional support, which is why we’re launching a crowd-funding campaign.”
Carousel hopes to raise £15,000 to fund 10 gigs. Rewards include a Daniel Wakeford ringtone, your name in a song, and ice-cream with Daniel in Eastbourne. The campaign runs until 30 May 2017 and details can be found here: http://bit.ly/DWcrowdtour
“I’m very excited to see my fans, a lot of fans want to see me and my band. We need some more gigs, but we need some help.”