23 Jul 2024

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Daniel Hayles - Daniel Hayles Newsletter Interview

01 Mar 2022 // An interview by Shade

Daniel Hayles is a piano player, producer, Musical Director and teacher living in Wellington, New Zealand. With his brand new album Other Futures recently released on 4 March, he had a few words with Muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

I started playing piano as a toddler, and then took weekly piano lessons from then until the end of University at age 23. I copied lots of things by ear from Steely Dan and Elton John records. I got into playing in a group in high school with some mates and older musicians in Taranaki, and that was the time I got stuck in as an arranger/orchestrator, which still takes up a lot of time now. I started producing music as an extension of the arranging thing while I was at university and it's become more of an outlet over the past five years or so.

What NZ bands and musicians would you like to tour with, and why?

In this era (February 2022), touring with any band would be a dream! I love heavy grooving bands with good energy, like Rob Ruha's The Witch Doctor, and I've always wanted to tour with a reggae band like 1814. I love to get lost in the trance of a rhythmic piano part.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

It's constructed around improvised bursts of piano, with puffs of synth and percussion, pulsing bass, held together by sample-based beats born in the golden era of hip-hop. There is a mix of clean and dirty parts, shining strings and gravelly low end. It pulls you in and then lets you float back out.

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

Happier music, and more traditionally composed music for piano trio.

What NZ bands and musicians would you like to see more of, and why?

The bands from my first few years of living in Te Whanganui-a-Tara like Olmecha Supreme, Electric Wire Hustle, Eru Dangerspiel, The Eggs, Myele Manzanza, The Pleasures... for one thing, I love nostalgic musical experiences, and I was so inspired at the time – all these bands (to various degrees) had explosive and dazzling music with international dimension, and home-made soulful authenticity at the same time. So I guess I find music in that vein more exciting than a lot of what's out there – music that seems like it's just a weird over-ambitious advertisement for itself.

Who are your favourite NZ bands and musicians?

Lord Echo, Mara TK, Borrowed CS, Wallace, Avantdale Bowling Club, Christoph El Truento, Riki Gooch, Julien Dyne, Aldous Harding and  Jonathan Crayford.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

The Rogue And Vagabond in Whanganui-a-Tara. It's home for a lot of the bands I'm in. The atmosphere, staff, bands, and the menu are all on point and they are always keen to work with the music community to improve what they do for us and for the public.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Prepare! Get the music down, write notes on your set list, have a careful sound check so you know the feeling will be good on stage. Don't drink too much coffee. Sit down and conserve energy. Look around at the rest of the band and remind yourself how mean it is to be a musician.

What has been your most memorable show to date?

The first time playing Misono Universe club in Osaka with Lord Echo. The most surreal, lavish dance hall, built in the 1950's. The décor is a mixture of science fiction, roller-disco and classic supper club. There is leather wallpaper in the green room and planets above the dance floor, which lights up, and the back wall of the stage is a wave of rainbow neon tubes. I've never seen anything like it. In Japan, Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabulous) is a superhero. The show was incredible. In the last song, the audience came onto the stage and danced with us. I'll never ever forget that night. There's a video somewhere of the entire set which I hope the world gets to see one day.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

Don't get hung up on being deeply creative. Getting enough sleep and living a balanced life is okay if that's what you want or need. Feel your feelings. Some of the greatest artists in the world have one genuine idea per year, and they make it work. Everything involved with the pursuit of creativity, is creativity. Read Creative Quest by Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson. Do your thing. Don't wear yourself out.

Check out Daniel Hayles on Muzic.net.nz


About Daniel Hayles

Daniel Hayles is a piano player, producer, Musical Director and teacher living in Wellington, New Zealand.

His latest album Other Futures was released March 4th of 2022.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Daniel Hayles


Other Futures
Year: 2022
Type: Album
Eldest of Five
Year: 2019
Type: Album
Eldest of Five Remixes
Year: 2019
Type: EP

Other Interviews By Shade

Pull Down The Sun Newsletter Interview
01 Dec 2022 // by Shade
Boasting an international standard of modern metal, New Zealand's Pull Down The Sun have set many an audience alight with their glorious imagery that holds true to sheer riff obedience, making motions from heavy and erratic to dark and moody, through to light and uplifting with minimal effort. We spoke to frontman Koert, and he had this to say:How did you become involved in music?
Coridian Newsletter Interview
27 Nov 2022 // by Shade
Coridian are one of New Zealand's leading rock acts, and they have an exciting 2023 in the works. In recent months the release of singles Rakshasa (with Michael Murphy from Written by Wolves) and State of Mind have further cemented their status in NZ music.
1 Drop Nation Newsletter Interview
19 Nov 2022 // by Shade
Otautahi six-piece 1 Drop Nation will be dropping their exciting self-titled debut album on 1 December, and it’s guaranteed to set Aotearoa music fans up for a great summer! They answered the following questions for Muzic.
Interview: 2Fly Ty
17 Oct 2022 // by Shade
Despite currently residing in Brisbane, 2Fly Ty still identifies as a Kiwi at heart, as he looks to make a name for himself in the music scene of his homeland, Aotearoa. He answered the following questions for Muzic.
Dead Beat Boys Newsletter Interview
29 Sep 2022 // by Shade
Auckland Rockers Dead Beat Boys fuse punk intensity with classic-rock riffs, all strung together in a show uncontainable by the stage. On the 1st of October they released their first and last album, be sure to check it out here.
Frau Knotz Newsletter Interview
28 Sep 2022 // by Shade
The original songs of singer, pianist, producer and composer Lauren Nottingham have touched down on Earth under the moniker Frau Knotz. With avant-pop tracks which simulate echoes of an extra-terrestrial yet power-packed video game soundtrack, Frau Knotz toggles between whimsical fantasies and dark truths, switches propulsive rhythms and expansive balladry and tunes glamor with gameplay to concoct elixirs of dance.
Forty Bucks Till Tuesday Newsletter Interview
28 Sep 2022 // by Shade
Forty Bucks Till Tuesday is an openly trans-genre metal band from the distinguished suburbs of south and west Auckland. Currently on the hunt for a new vocalist to complement their existing sound, Muzic.
The Snake Behaviour Newsletter Interview
03 Sep 2022 // by Shade
Showing no signs of slowing down, Christchurch Rockers The Snake Behaviour are heading into their 20th year of creating hard-hitting music and delivering incredible live performances. They recently shared all their future plans and a whole lot more with Muzic.
View All Articles By Shade
SELECT artists.ID as artist_id, artists.Name, sum(artists_stats.Count) as hitcount FROM artists, artists_stats WHERE artists_stats.Date > ('2024-07-23' - INTERVAL 14 DAY)-0 AND artists.ID = artists_stats.AID AND artists.Enabled = 'y' AND artists.Deleted = 'n' GROUP BY artists_stats.AID ORDER BY hitcount DESC, Name LIMIT 10

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Kendrick Lamar
    Billie Eilish
    Tommy Richman
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Sabrina Carpenter
    Teddy Swims
    Chappell Roan
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem