Formed in November 2008 and based in Kent in the UK, DaylightSaving is a songwriting duo with a sound that combines elements of jazz, pop, folk and Latin and features soft acoustic guitar, folksy vocals, flute, penny whistle and melodica. Having been told they weren't 'pure jazz enough' by a UK radio station that shall remain nameless, Richard and Kate delight in describing themselves as 'mongrel dogs of jazz-pop fusion and proud of it'. That half of their songs sound more like contemporary folk than either pop or jazz is neither here nor there.
We met while Kate was studying music at Canterbury Christ Church University as a mature student (Kate studied songwriting with Jack Hues of Wang Chung), looking for a way to 'do' music, rather than study it, and Richard was looking for a singer. Kate took up performing relatively late in life, after the death of her 13 year old daughter Alex in 2005, which made her realise that none of us know how much time we have and that we might as well spend it doing what we love, which for us is music. We write our music together and Kate writes the words, although Richard is very proud of having contributed the name Johnny Depp as a rhyme for watch your step in 'Shades of Grey'. ...
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