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Daniela Brooker


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Daniela Brooker is a young girl with a massive voice, a teenage veteran. The 19-year old Londoner has been making music for over a third of her young life. School suffered, social life suffered, her parents (probably) suffered – all she wanted to do was sing, write, record, and perform. Everything else went out the window. “I’ve always just been interested in music – I just never had any other interests. People think it sounds really boring!” she laughs.

Aged just 12, she wrote her first song. However, Brooker didn’t just follow the time-honoured tradition and sketch down some poetry in an adolescent diary then warble a tune into a mobile phone. Displaying the dogged determination that’s stood her in good stead throughout her rise through the music industry, she nagged everyone she knew in the hunt to find a producer.

Eventually, she was put in contact with a guy who had a recording studio in east London. “It was like a cupboard and he probably only turned a few knobs on and off. But I thought the whole thing was amazing – I played the song to everyone.” It was called ‘Summertime’ and it was, of course, rubbish. “After about a year of playing this song I was mortified and never played it again!”

But having made her recording debut at the ripe old age of 13, a suitably inspired Brooker kept at it. She wrote song after song, hassling musician after musician, following up any sniff of an opportunity. By the age of 15, she was hanging out in a studio complex in Hackney, working with different producers, trying to develop a sound.


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