Daniel McCarthy is a young singer-songwriter from London UK whose on the rise. Daniel’s music is catchy and pop-driven in form as we see from new single dropped last month, She Looked Like You. Daniel spoke with The Fountain about the new music and the reception it has received as well as some of the gigs he has coming up in London.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to She Looked Like You

It’s been really great so far (relatively-speaking of course, given that I’m only just properly starting out)! I’ve gained a lot more listeners and followers on social media since its release. BBC Introducing absolutely loved this song when they first heard it and repeatedly played it on air for a few weeks in a row. They then invited me to record a live set of two of my songs – this song plus another one of my songs called Friend of a Friend, which they aired during their ‘Airwaves’ radio festival, alongside the music of some major artists including James Arthur, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man and Maisie Peters. Regional and internet radio stations have also been fantastic at featuring it in their shows. In fact, Hayes FM’s DJ Lizzie Romain will exclusively premiere the acoustic version of She Looked Like You on her show this week!

TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence? 

Haha… okay, I’m rubbish at summing up my own songs… but someone recently told me that they thought, “It’s a refreshingly honest take about a break-up and an ill-advised rebound that leaves everyone worse off!” which I thought summed it up perfectly! Also, BBC Introducing summed it up as a pop perfection earworm of “a checklist of all the things not to do in a relationship”… which made me laugh!

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

I will definitely be releasing one more song by the end of November this year. It’s a really special song to me and I’m excited to share it with everyone. After that, I plan to release 2-3 more tracks early next year, all of which are from my debut EP, which will also be coming out in early 2021. Right now, I’m in the middle of writing some new songs as well, which I hope to start releasing from next Summer onwards.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I’m still quite new to playing live, but there are some local venues that have hosted me both prior and post the Covid Lockdowns. Coming up, I’m hoping to do a couple of small gigs before Christmas: one at The Basement Door in Richmond and the other at The Half Moon in Putney. I will then step things up a gear or two in 2021!