Interview with Daniel Fenech-Soler

Where do you live? Manchester

Status: In a relationship

Star Sign: Gemini

Main occupation: Musician

DANIEL FENECH-SOLER was brought up and schooled in the East of England, in a town called Stamford, which is set in the countryside of Lincolnshire. He has always had a passion for art.  As a child, Daniel wasn’t particularly good academically at school and drawing and painting always seemed to be something that he was naturally good at. It was something that didn’t involve a right or wrong answer, such as Maths or Literacy, and he felt that he had the freedom to do what he wanted.

“I think that at a young age, we’re all inspired by our parents’ interests. It was my mother’s interest in art and the frequent trips to London’s Art Galleries, which inspired me to pursue a creative career.

It was only in secondary school, when I met Ross and subsequently Ben, that I first got into music. It was their father’s tales of touring America in the blue grass scene, with artists such as Charlie Pride and Tammy Wynette, which inspired us all to form a band and aim for similar heights.

It was also at this time that we met Andrew whilst writing music. He produced our first three track EPs in around 2004.

We all became good friends, but it was only in late 2008 that our common love for electronic music and bands such as, Soulwax, Daft Punk and LCD Sound System brought us together to start a new project. We called the band, Fenech-Soler”, explained DANIEL FENECH-SOLER in this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.

What type of music does your band play?

I guess you could describe our music as Pop/Electronic/Indie.

What’s your connection to Malta, and when did you decide to leave the island?

A couple of generations ago, my family on my mother’s side were originally from Malta. It’s somewhere I’m planning to take my girlfriend to this summer and hopefully track down some old family relatives.

What was the best advice you have ever given?

Keep your head and show kindness and respect the people around you, especially in times of success. It’s in times of hardship that these actions will be remembered and those same people will have a choice of whether to help you or to trip you up.

What’s a hobby you spend money on?

I like to spend my money on good food and eating out at nice restaurants, going on holiday, art and coats.

What do you think is your best asset, and why?

Arm wrestling – undefeated. 

What was your biggest failure to date?

Not being able to finish the 3 Pound Will Ferrel Burger in Kansas – Fail.

Which instruments can you play?

Bass guitar and a bit of keys.