P Posted by Sandra on June 2 2017 0 Comments Danny Jones, McFLY, News

So looks like we’ll have to wait a bit more for new McFly music according to this recent interview with Danny where he talks about McFly, The Voice Kids (that is premiering on June 10) and his new role as a Speakers for Schools ambassador.
Credit for all the pics to Jake Davis.


There are pages and pages of embryonic lyrics in the Notes section of Danny Jones’ iPhone. I know this because halfway through our interview he insists on showing me, beckoning me over to his side of the table and tilting the phone’s screen towards me. He reads out some of the lyrics, looking up every now and again to gauge my reaction. “It’s poetry, isn’t it?” he says, after a pause. “I write poetry every day.” This statement, said without a hint of irony, could easily sound cocky. From Jones, it comes across as honest and endearing. And, in his defence, we have just been talking about poetry.

Inspiring children

The McFly singer – who recently became an ambassador for the charity Speakers for Schools, campaigning for better arts tuition in secondary schools – tells me he wishes he’d known how useful poetry and a good vocabulary would be to songwriting. If he had, he might have sat up a little straighter in class.

As well as encouraging children to pay attention in the core subjects, Jones is also pushing for better music lessons in schools, saying creative and musically talented children should be inspired to “dream big”.

A child who wants to become a rock star should be given the same support as a child who wants to become a doctor, he says. “There is so much focus on maths and science. A lot of good things come from creative arts and I don’t think we should lose it as a nation.”

Jones, who has been playing the guitar since he was six, admits that if he’d relied solely on the music tuition he was receiving at school he probably wouldn’t be working in the industry now. “For my work experience, I did joinery for the council. I went and fitted kitchens.”

He credits his hard-working mum, who paid for him to have private lessons, with his success. “When I got the guitar out and made a little noise, she would turn the TV off,” he says. “I felt like she wanted to listen to me.”

Bullied for playing guitar

The singer admits that playing music wasn’t considered cool at school. “I was bullied for it,” he says, looking incredulous. “I was spat on. When I walked around, I’d hide my guitar.”

It’s hard to imagine this scene today. Jones – a bundle of tattooed energy, even fresh off a flight from LA – is a member of the pop-rock group that flipped the term “boyband” (previously synonymous with Identikit groups such as Westlife) on its head.

McFly – made up of Jones, Tom Fletcher, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter – formed in 2004 and became the youngest band to get to number one with their debut album, Room on the 3rd Floor, an accolade previously held by The Beatles.

The foursome soon became known for their poppy melodies and energetic performances. And, before you ask, yes, the guitars were always plugged in. “I spent years perfecting my guitar sound,” says Jones, who admits he was always flattered when anyone suggested he might be miming. “It must have been good.”

New music

McFly – whose most recent album, Above the Noise, came out in 2010 – will release new music, Jones insists. “We want to get it right, so we just need our fans to have a bit of patience.”

The band have been busy, though. They last toured as a group in 2016 but before that teamed up with fellow guitar aficionados Busted, becoming McBusted from 2013 to 2015. “This is actually the first six months we’ve had off because we’ve worked since we were 16.”

Would he ever consider going solo? He thinks for a moment. “It’s a cloudy area. I might release some tunes but I don’t think it’ll ever be like, ‘Danny’s gone solo, the band’s never happening.’”

But there must have been moments over the years when he worried that the band might split. “Oh yeah. But never for a moment did it feel like it was the end.” The secret to their successful relationship, he explains, is that they give each other space.

Different projects

Jones smiles when he talks about his bandmates’ other projects: Fletcher’s novels, Judd’s fitness book, Poynter’s acting. And Jones, too, is venturing into pastures new. This summer, he will join will.i.am and Pixie Lott as a judge on ITV’s The Voice Kids – a children’s version of The Voice, for seven- to 14-year-olds.

The singer admits he was impressed by the children on the show. “I’m still shocked at the level of quality and emotion they brought,” he says. “They listen. They’re like sponges.”

Turning some away must have been difficult. “Rejection is massive,” Jones agrees. “I always say, ‘Look what you’ve just done. You’re going to be the coolest dude in school because you’ve come on here.’” And if that didn’t work? “They got a Danny hug.”


But don’t young people just want to be famous? The singer stops me there. “I didn’t want to be famous. I just wanted to play the same stage as Springsteen.” It’s an aspiration he fulfilled, when he played Hyde Park’s British Summer Time festival in 2014. (Springsteen headlined the festival in 2012.)

Suddenly he’s talking like a six-year-old boy again, following his dream. It becomes clear, in that moment, why he’s helping other youngsters follow theirs. It’s because his came true.

Danny Jones is a coach on ‘The Voice Kids’, airing on ITV from 10 June. He is also an ambassador for Speakers for Schools this summer



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