YOU’VE heard of garage music, but Daniel Mushett is hoping to hit the big time with an album recorded in his garden shed.
The 27-year-old has just reached the finals of national talent competition Open Mic UK, winning the chance to perform at London’s IndigO2 arena, in Islington.
He is putting the finishing touches to his first album, which he has written and recorded in the garden shed of his home in Queens Gardens, Heston.
The soul funk singer described the unnamed record - partly inspired by three years working in a ‘dead-end job’ at Primark, in Hammersmith - as a riposte to the doubters who said he would never make it.
“It’s about all the challenges I’ve had to overcome, listening to people doubting whether I’ll ever be a success and being stuck in a dead-end job,” he said.
“There’s a song called ‘Work Harder’, about how you should never give up even though things may be a bit gloomy.”
Daniel has fought off competition from thousands of talented hopefuls across the country to make the finals of Open Mic UK, which will take place on January 21.
He impressed judges at the area finals, held at the Beck Theatre, in Hayes, on November 20, with renditions of Bruno Mars’ The Way You Are and his own composition, Not This Man.
Daniel, who won last year’s Xmas Factor competition, organised by Hounslow’s Treaty Centre, said he was ‘excited’ but found it ‘kind of weird’ to have made the final.