The South London musician plays mash-up, musical chairs as he defies genre distinctions in his debut EP release
Don't let the name confuse you, Deptford Goth is anything but what his name may initially suggest, which is probably the intended effect. The one man band, otherwise known as South Londoner Daniel Woolhouse, has taken his skills as a songwriter and fused his folky sound with an electro edge. Youth II is his exciting debut which weaves musical influences as diverse as synth pop, dubstep and soul and reinvents them in four enigmatic yet seemingly satisfying tracks. Coming out of the Merok Records camp (Klaxons, Crystal Castles etc), a pretty good endorsement in itself, is sure to bring further intrigue and interest to his door in the not to distant future.
Dazed Digital: What are the greatest influences on your music and why?
Daniel Woolhouse: I think music-making ends up influencing itself; the songs can begin somewhere very different to where they go. I started recording things when I was younger on a cassette 4-track, playing around with reversing the tape and recording back over. It’s a tactile, serendipitous process that created a sense of experimentation and unpredictability that still influences the way I approach writing. In terms of musical influences, I’ll listen to pretty much anything; it’s great when you find something you’re really into in a place where you wouldn't expect it.
DD: How would you sum up your sound?
Daniel Woolhouse: It’s folk music, at its core, somewhere between real and synthetic.
DD: What’s your favorite track from the EP and why?
Daniel Woolhouse: Probably No Man, I like that it doesn't really seem to do much, but it builds. I’m also proud of those lyrics.
DD: What's the story behind your name Deptford Goth?
Daniel Woolhouse: Well I’m not a goth and I’m not from Deptford, - I came to London when I was 19. I had the name hanging around for a while, I thought it would be a good character in a story, like a lone wanderer or a superhero or something, but I never got around to writing anything. So I used it for the music. Someone’s since told me there’s a mystical goth who roams around Deptford, so I’m keeping an eye out.
What are you most excited about next?
Daniel Woolhouse: Getting the piano tuned.
Youth II, out 17 October on Merok Records.