Interview – Indigo Daydream

Indigo Daydream is an intriguing project, having released the diverse single, Never Minded Being Alone (but lately) recently. I liked their sound and wanted to find out a little more, so decided to have a chat with Nick to find out more.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Never Minded Being Alone (but lately), which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song?

It’s a song about life in a time of disconnection. Loneliness is an emotion we’ve all experienced at some point, but after the past two years, it felt like a particularly appropriate time to release the song.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

The pandemic hasn’t hindered me, in fact I think I’ve become even more self reflective if that’s possible, which I think helps the songwriting process.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I hear most of the song in my head (words and music), and just try to replicate the sounds of my imagination in the studio. Sometimes I’ll find a nice riff or progression and start from that; other times I have a chorus and build the song out from there. I have lots of songs written, but the recording and producing side takes me a long time. I like to immerse myself in the process.

We hear you have plans to give away hundreds of trees as part of an environmental initiative surrounding an upcoming single called Slow Down. Why did you decide to get involved with that and can you tell us more?

A few years ago I set up a non-profit literacy charity called Little Free Library Project, to build little artist designed book sharing houses to share a love of reading. It has been a great success, but I wanted to move in a more environmental direction, so Little Free Trees was born (littlefreetrees.org).

I use my music to raise awareness for the project. I was fortunate to be interviewed on the BBC last year and that really helped launch my music and the Little Free Trees project. Slow Down, set for release in June, invites the listener to do just that and listen to the sound of the earth. I’ll be giving away loads of trees in June and July. Would you like one?

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Yes, I have three more singles planned this year.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album?

I’m focusing on single releases for now, but would love to create a limited vinyl EP next year.

What/who influences you most as an artist? What have you been listening to recently?

I’m hugely influenced by The Beatles and 60s/70s prog rock, as well as 90s alternative rock like Smashing Pumpkins, The Boo Radleys, Ride, Mazzy Star and Tame Impala. I’ve been listening to quite a lot of Slowdive lately.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world?

I’m based in happy Totnes in Devon. It has an eclectic and vibrant music scene and some great live venues like The Barrell House, and possibly the best independent record store in Drift Records.

Do you have any tour dates lined up? What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

I’m putting together a short set for some live dates this summer. I’ll be playing local venues in the South West and possibly one or two London dates. I’m a multi-instrumentalist, and so my live show is an opportunity to play guitar, synths and sing, of course. I love creating unique synth and guitar sounds, so hopefully people will enjoy the psychedelic dream pop/shoegaze vibe.