Daffodils X Laneway 2019


I was so excited when I found out that these guys were playing at Laneway!

Go check these guys out when your at St Jerome's Laneway Festival and if you're not going for their music, go for Jade!

Heres little Q&A with Theo Salmon, Daffodils' lead guitarist and vocalist:


What is the most annoying interview question that you get asked?

How to describe our sound! I find it so difficult to answer that one. Or the one about the name too.

Oops well I’m soon gonna ask you both.

What is one song that best represents who you are? What song best describes your fears, hopes, beliefs, who you are at your core…

I feel like this definitely changes every day! But probably All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem; that one always stays with me.


Would Daffodils have the same song to represent it as a band? Or another song?

Oh man, I feel like it has to be Up from the Sing Street soundtrack. Nah, it’s hard to say I think! We’re all very different people.

If everything went to plan, where would you want your band to go? Worldwide? What message would you try spread?

Absolutely worldwide, that’s the dream. Message-wise, I feel like we need a bit more compassion in the world, everyone is trying so hard to be cynical and I think that it’s good to push the idea of empathy a bit more.


If you had the opportunity to teach people one thing, what would it be?

I think compassion, like I said above, everyone should learn compassion and empathy.

New Zealand music has a special place in my heart. Who’s a Kiwi band you’re most interested in at the moment?

There’s so much bloody good NZ music; I will always love Cut Off Your Hands. Our favourites at the moment are Miss June and Ha the Unclear definitely. New Zealand music is brilliant.


What was the process of getting to the name 'Daffodils' and is there a meaning behind it?

It hasn’t got a very deep meaning at all, or at least it didn’t when we first decided on it! I honestly just love the word. It’s definitely garnered more meaning over time though, and I think now it kind of represents the happy/sad nature of our music a bit.

What are your feelings around playing at Laneways 2019?

We’re so unbelievably stoked! It’s by far the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to us.


What started your drive to start creating music and then follow it in your studies?

I’ve always been heavily invested in music, it was always around our house when I was little. I wrote my first song when I was 12 and haven’t really stopped since then! I wanted to be a marine biologist but I threw any prospect of a science career out in high school; music makes a lot of sense to study I reckon.

How would you describe your music to somebody who has never heard your sound before?

Melodramatic teenagers singing about love and being sad.