Its been a little longer than planned since I last posted but I am here now and for the next few weeks into June ahead of Fathers Day I will be featuring a variety of men from different industries in different roles as part of “ManDem” feature. This is just to put the spotlight on guys who are working on projects and also for me personally to reach out to different people who interest me and hopefully to inspire my readers to don’t give up on their dreams, goals and just enjoy life.
I recently did an interview with London-based music producer/DJ Dayo and we spoke about everything from recent performances, his sounds, inspiration and more. He has worked with “Lady Leshurr, cult act Prophets From Beyond and also DJ’s for G-Shock.” Dayo currently has a new single called ‘Freely’ featuring singer-songwriter Elo Melo. He says.
‘Soul’ is the key ingredient that is sprinkled throughout his EDM and Hiphop/R&B productions.
Hi Dayo how are you doing? Please could you tell us about yourself to the Inspire readers?
Hi, I’m Dayo.
I was born and raised in London and I’ve been involved in music for a few years now. I’d describe myself as a creative whose main outlet is making dope music.
Recently you performed your new single ‘Freely’ with Elo-Melo at an event how was that and was that the first time you have performed the single?
Yes, it was at an event called The Reveal Lounge. It was a cool, intimate vibe and a good chance to see the reception to ‘#Freely’ up close and live. It was actually the first time I’d ever seen Elo-Melo perform myself and she was excellent. She had the audience up on their feet from start to finish!
Tell us more about Elo-Melo..
Elo-Melo is a singer-songwriter based in London and Paris. She has a very soulful tone to her voice which probably stems from her gospel background. I think she’s one of those people who are really naturally gifted at their craft. When we recorded ‘#Freely’, she was suffering from a cold and sore throat and still pulled off the performance you hear on the track. She half wrote and half freestyle the lyrics to the song. I’m personally excited to hear more from her as she writes songs to inspire others. We all need a bit of inspiration at times.
I was listening to your previous productions from 2011 where most of your music is Hip-Hop with hints of Afro pop and EDM and so it seems you like to mix and play with a bit of everything but what Genre or sounds do you prefer?
I predominantly make House music and Hiphop but touch other genres occasionally. What genre I decide to create is normally based on my mood at the time or what I’ve been listening to the most. In my music, you’ll often hear various elements such as; Jazz, Funk, Hi-Life and Juju music (the latter is a Yoruba genre pioneered by King Sunny Ade). I like the 80’s synth, electronic sound too.
Listening to ‘Freely’ I feel like soulful house/ house sounds is your niche, So are you collaborating/working on new singles?
Yeah, I love me some Soulful, Afro House! It offers a balancing act between doing things from a deeper place, the soul, but then, you can just have a dance. It’s great music to dance to, which is generally what I want music to make me do when I’m listening to it.
My next single will be somewhat different to the vibe of ‘#Freely’ though. A bouncy and jazzy Deep House flex with an African influence rhythm-wise. It will be out in June but I haven’t decided on a title for it yet. I’ve also collaborated with a singer by the name of Evangeline for a future single that I’m putting the finishing touches to. It’s called ‘The One’ and is a weird futuristic, left-field, Kate Bush type song!
oooh I will sure will be looking forward to your next singles and I love that you are collaborating with singers as I’m sure there is a need for more vocal tracks and singers in the House scene collectively and it’s always good when producers work with singers and then say 12-18 months later they have their own projects, E.P and opens the doors to more opportunities.
Remember where you heard Elo-Melo and Evangeline first people!! (Laughing)
Any future plans of working with Lady Leshurr again?
Until you asked me this question, I hadn’t really thought about it. It was great to work with her before and cool to know that the track I made brought out the singer in her. ‘Do You Miss Me?’ was the first time she sang a hook, R&B style. I went on to organise the launch of her following ‘Mona Leshurr EP’ which was a crazy fun experience. Her schedule is mad busy these days so let’s see what the future holds.
Wow you learn something new everyday. The Mona Leshurr EP is big still
Shout out to Lady Leshurr as well definitely the most creative, think out of the box artist and all round grafter and has also put our home city on the map from early.
Who would you love to work with now?
In the EDM arena – I’d love to work with Black Coffee, Laidback Luke (mentored Avicii) and Calvin Harris because he’ll basically guarantee you a number 1 hit.
Otherwise, I’d love to work with The Neptunes – Chad and Pharrell in the same studio! Missy Elliott would be a dream. On a more local level, I’d have to say Nao. Her voice is so nice. We’d make magic.
Dream high well I say go for it, speaking about Nao she would sound nice on a soulful house track. I would love to know what she is working on at moment. But you should reach out to her.
(Wild Card question) What inspires your smile?
Good music, good food and good weather. I’m a simple guy.
What should we look out for from Dayo?
The video for ‘#Freely’ is out in June and it looks great. It features a young, amazing dancer Lauryn Bryan(IG: @Laurynbryan.dance).
You can follow me on the usual socials @dayomuzic, to keep up to date with release dates, DJ gigs and all things in between.
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/itunes – iTunes
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/spotify – Spotify
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/applemusic – Apple Music
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/tidal – Tidal
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/deezer – Deezer
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/amazonmusicbuy – Amazon
http://smarturl.it/e84ytg/googleplay – Google Play
Check out Dayo’s Deep Soulful House Mix
Thank you to Dayo for sharing and introducing us to his music it was a plesure.
Look out for the next instalment of ‘ManDem’ which I have been saving for sooo long just waiting for the right time to the next guys story. This one will be special. I am currently working on a playlist that is solely by male artists so if you would like to featured on the next playlist please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interview edited by Vanessa Ryan