“Honesty is underrated”
Adam Lewis and Emmy Kay, otherwise known as Days Are Done, are the exciting third grills & guitars act of the summer. Together, they’ve written the music for BBC TV series Outsiders, played Glastonbury, and opened for the likes of St Paul & The Broken Bones and Michael Kiwanuka. When flying solo, Adam is a BAFTA-winning composer and producer who wrote the title song for the cult classic film Kidulthood. Here is what they had to say to us ahead of Friday’s gig.
What can we expect from a Days Are Done gig?
Really great songs. We love performing and I think you can tell that when you watch.
Why do you love performing music?
Getting on stage and telling a story and then realising that other people feel the same way as you do. It’s a shared experience that can’t be beaten (at least not clothed or sober).
Who are your biggest heroes or influences?
Probably a list too long to write, but a few are:
Adam: I’m really into the old Laurel Canyon types like Crosby, Stills & Nash; Neil Young; Joni Mitchell… Also people who carry that vibe now – like David Ramirez, Son Little, Leon Bridges. We’re both way into a new British artist called Mahalia – she’s ace.
Emmy: Yeah I love Mahalia. She’s fantastic. Nick Drake melodically definitely. Solange, Banks, Stormzy and Joni Mitchell lyrically especially for their ability to be unfiltered. Honesty is underrated in songwriting and real life.
What is your favourite song to perform?
Ah that’s like choosing your favourite child so we’ll refrain from answering!
If you could pick one act, living or dead, to join you on stage for a song, who would it be (and what would you perform together)?
Emmy: Could probably give a different answer every day to this one. Definitely First Aid Kit today because I’m really obsessed with them right now. Singing something we’d written together.
Join Days Are Done for a free live outdoor gig on Friday 19 July. This week, the grills to their guitars include maple-smoked chicken, and halloumi and tomato skewers. Click here to pre-order your food for £9.
This Friday’s gig will be running alongside our first ever maltings night market. Come along and have browse through our vibrant marketplace in the atmospheric twilight.