Zimbabwe-born, London-raised Daecolm has a truly international perspective and produces music that refuses to be constrained by genres.
As a producer, Daecolm has collaborated with the likes of Labrinth, Craig David, Yungen, Krept & Konan, Chris Brown and Desiigner as well as an Executive Producer credit on Elijah Blake’s forthcoming LP.
Honing his craft from a young age, Daecolm has settled on a sound that’s a unique blend of soul, pop and R&B. Read on to get the low-down on one of music’s freshest talents.
How would you describe your sound?
I'd say my sound definitely has an up-beat approach, having come from a very soulful and R&B background. My sound has definitely retained those influences but also adding touches of electronic and dance into the mix. My sound also is formed from culture, as I'm heavily influenced and touched by the chain gang era and what that represents in US history and actually just world history and that informs me musically too.
Born in Zimbabwe, raised in London (with a few years in New Zealand), how has location shaped your sound?
I think it's only made me more versatile and aware of music as a whole. Living in different places and drawing from various cultures has definitely shaped my sound to what it is today and that is still continuing to evolve by travelling and experiencing things new things in life.
"Jungle" has a real sweet blend of genres, growing up, who were your biggest influences?
Some of my biggest influences were people like the legendary Michael Jackson, Boyz II Men, Usher, Luther Vandross and Marvin Gaye but equally on the more cultural side, bands like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and African house music.
You wrote your first hit aged 16, have you always been so driven?
I always have for sure. When I was about 15 if not younger, my dad more formally introduced me to music and supported me with that and then once I found the passion of it on my own there was no going back really. Nothing else was as exciting for to me if it didn't involve making music! ‘Jungle’ is very much about having passion and being driven and not giving up, especially when you’re trying to establish yourself in your chosen field which might be quite new to you. I hope people are able to take something from the message in that and apply it to whatever they’re looking at doing.
Growing up you wrote and performed with your dad, what did you learn during those early performances?
I definitely learnt the elements of performance and how to entertain, I think also being able to condition myself in a performance so I'm not left breathless and dying by the 2nd song of a live set! Also, practice is key. You get better with each performance as you put in the hours but also learn to react to the audience as you can’t do exactly the same thing each and every single time you perform.
You've already collaborated with a mighty impressive roster of artists, who's the dream collaboration?
I would have always loved to collab with the greats like MJ and Prince but in today's world I'd love to collaborate with artists such as Bruno Mars, Rascal Flatts, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Rihanna
What's next for you?
It’s not always easy to say exactly what’s coming as it depends on how the music is received and how people react to it and engage with it. There will definitely be more music though as I have some great tracks I’d love to share with the world and I’m constantly in the studio creating for myself and with other artists. I think ideally just growing as an artist and to start performing across all types of platforms and being part of a real new movement of music that's inspiring and uplifting to the next generation!
“Jungle” is out now.