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Hip Hop, Punk, Rock, Roots

Sounds like

john butler trio, the slackers, cat empire


jeff lang, dead kennedys, nirvana

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Byron Short



Hailing from Snowdonia on the dramatic North Wales coast, gritty psych-blues/raw acoustic roots musician Daryl James was playing guitar and drums as far back as he can remember.

Having toured UK and Europe with many top bands including Buffo’s Wake and The Junk, in 2012 he hit the road with just a ruc-sac and guitar, to pursue an exciting new solo career.

After travelling around Asia and making the now highly acclaimed debut solo EP 'Here, There and Everywhere' entirely on the road, he ended up in Brisbane, Australia where he began performing in the streets as a busker.

Following the release of his second EP ‘DJMT – Daryl James Music Train’ - a full band gypsy/ska/folk flavoured carnivalesque offering, Daryl James entered the Australian festival scene, playing Nimbin Roots Festival, Airlie Beach Festival of Music, Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest, Blues in Broadbeach to name a few..

Following the release and tour of his 100% crowdfunded debut single ‘27’ in 2017, Daryl has just finished a 6 month international tour, promoting the release of his debut album ‘Insofar’, which has had airplay on Triple J, ABC , 4ZZZ, Rebel FM and many other stations. It saw him play packed out shows and festivals across Australia, UK and Europe alongside acts like The Beautiful Girls, Ash Grunwald, Mama Kin Spender, Leo Sayer, and Glen Matlock of the Sex Pistols.

Daryl James’ passionate live performances evoke everything from introverted retrospection to wild untamed dance-floors. With an earthy blend of pure acoustic and gritty overdriven guitars he plays with innovative tunings, intricate finger-picking and body percussion, to all out driving blues/rock riffs and soaring solos. Topped off with haunting, smooth yet husky vocals, whether it's with his homemade full foot drum set and live looping, or with his full band, he guarantees a live show that will have your feet and jaw on the floor!