Quickfire Questions #74: Daniel Pearson

By on Wednesday, 9th April 2014 at 1:00 pm

Indie English singer/songwriter Daniel Pearson is busy preparing for the upcoming release of his EP ‘Escape Acts’ on the 14th of April and a scheduled performance at Live at Leeds on the 3rd of May. He took the time to answer our Quickfire Questions as part of an e-mail interview, which you can read here.

What song is your earliest musical memory?
Oh man, Phil Collins, I think. My parents liked him and I remember that. My first record was actually ‘TURTLE POWER’ from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. I must’ve been 8 or something. I’ve still got it on vinyl somewhere, and yep, I’m proud of it!

What song makes you laugh?
A lot of Eminem’s stuff makes me laugh out loud. He gets away with some crazy things about celebrities.

What song makes you cry?
‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys. It’s perfect.


What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
When I had my very first girlfriend, she used to love Blur and I used to love Oasis so we’d listen to their albums and argue over who was better. And then make out. So anything from ‘Parklife’ or ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)’ reminds me of that.

Which song (any song written in the last century / 100 years or so) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born To Run’. It’s brilliant, and distills everything that’s great about rock n’ roll into 4 minutes. You hear that at a show, and you realize what being alive is all about. [I think I could only love this answer more if he’d chosen ‘Thunder Road’. -C.C.]


Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
I couldn’t choose just one! Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain and Ryan Adams would be high on the list. So would a lot of writers, screenwriters and poets. I think we should celebrate creativity and imagination more, ‘cos it’s dying out in the mainstream.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be an English teacher. I was one. I love books and performing and doing good things for people, so it’s a good fit. The idealist in me loved it, but the reality is very different and very misunderstood. Aside from that, playing for my beloved Everton FC would be a dream occupation!

Special thanks to Daniel for taking the time to answer our questions and also thank you to Jamie for helping sort this out for us.

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