Daniel Merriweather is obviously already well-known in the U.K., where he debuted on the album charts at number two. But in America he's still really only known as the blue-eyed soul crooner heard on Mark Ronson's cover of the Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think That You've Heard This One Before." However, Los Angeles tastemaking radio station KCRW (famous for being the first U.S. station to play a little band called Coldplay) is banking on its prediction that the Australian sensation will become a Grammy-sweeping, Adele-esque success in the States once his Ronson-produced U.S. debut album, Love & War, finally comes out in America on February 23.
So this past Saturday afternoon, KCRW sponsored an intimate Daniel show on the rooftop of the Paley Center For Media museum in Beverly Hills, co-hosted by the Australian tourism board as some sort of event to promote both Australian and Merriweatherian awareness. There--as a small audience of Angelenos sipped Aussie wine--Daniel performed a full set amid a backdrop of boomerangs and Blue Mountain landscape photos, playing songs from Love & War including the Japanese bonus track, a cover of the White Stripes' "You Don't Know What Love Is." Other covers included "Stop Me," of course, and a surprise version of Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed" that seemed to amaze the crowd indeed.
After the show, I caught up with Daniel to discuss such topics as breaking out of Australia, taking on an iconic Smiths song without incurring the wrath of Morrissey fanatics, and whether or not he can duplicate the success of his associates Adele and Amy Winehouse in the States.
Check out his interview and some rooftop performance highlights below: