Playing in front of an expectant crowd at Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival should be a walk in the park for singer-songwriter Daniel Whitehouse.
For just a few short years back, the 32-year-old Swinton man performed in front of a crowd of 11, 000 people while supporting Sheffield heroes Arctic Monkeys with his former band Mabel Love.
Speaking about the huge 2011 show at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl, he said: “That was something I had dreamt of all my life, it really was an unreal experience.”
After gigging with several Sheffield-based bands, he decided to go solo about a year ago and released his debut album ‘Stories For You’.
His continued love for the music has led him to start work on his second solo offering, which he hopes to polish off in between a busy summer of live shows.
He said: “I would like to think my music has a feel good factor about it and is uplifting in parts and reflective in others.
“Music to help people get through the daily grind.
“Artists such as Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Noel Gallagher and Bruce Springsteen are my influences.”
The former Swinton Comprehensive School pupil, who also works in a shop, said how nothing beats the thrill of live performance.
He added: “The moments when you feel a song is working in a live performance, the feeling that the crowd are fully engaged into what you are saying and playing is my favourite part.
“On a personal note to be able to become a solo artist and to write and record my own album has been the life long goal. So I’m very proud of this.”
He released the EP ‘Stars’ last year and is about to start recording his second full-length album.
Catch him live near the Sheffield Cathedral on Saturday at 5.30pm as part of the Tramlines Festival.