Friday 2nd February 2018, 6.30pm
Manchester Academy 2
After debuting his EP Praise Break, the unique quality of Daniel’s sound — feathered R&B with tufts of rock, soul, and gospel against bright, opaque instrumentals — is earning him some well-deserved attention. Billboard branded him as “a new artist that’s bound to break out,” while Noisey praised Praise Break, as “classically good without being rigid.”
His breakout single “Get You” amassed over 10 million streams on Apple Music since its October 2016 release; he’s nestled in with The Weeknd, Childish Gambino and Chris Brown on the platform’s charts. According to his management, the singer’s catalog has garnered over 20 million global streams on Apple Music and 12 million streams on Spotify, with a listenership of over 740,000 per month. Caesar released ‘Freudian’ last month through Golden Child Recordings.
He describes his music as a “collision of all the sounds I appreciated growing up,” but you can just call it: “new soul.”
“I’ve had it described to me as ‘new soul’, so I kind of ran with that,” says Caesar. While he says soul is an obvious element to his sound, he tries to collapse and play with a range of genres. “My producers only produce hip-hop music and more classic R&B, so it’s been an adventure for all of us making [the EP].”
Some of his biggest influencers right now are Kanye, Kid Cudi, PartyNextDoor [fellow Torontonian who’s signed to Drake’s OVO label], and The Beatles, who “really opened my eyes when I first started messing around with different types of music,” he said. “I used to listen to a lot more rock than I listen to now. They’re one of my favourites.”
Daniel Caesar will support the release of his new album, ‘Freudian’, with a North American and European tour. The North American leg of the tour will see the Toronto singer joined by Snoh Aalegra throughout the autumn and winter, with the European leg kicking off with stops across the continent towards the end of January, culminating with UK shows at Academy in Manchester, Birmingham’s O2 Institute and KOKO in London on February 2, 3 and 5 respectively.