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Daniel Bedingfield
You probably have already read the exclusive The Record featured with Daniel last month. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. His latest offering Second First Impression is making waves all over the world with hit after hit on the music charts. The Record catches up with Daniel Bedingfield for another exclusive after the album launch.

The Record (TR): Your singing career has got a new lease of life. Comment?
Daniel Bedingfield (DB): On January 2nd, 2004, I was cut from the wreckage of my jeep near Auckland, New Zealand. The roof of the jeep had broken my neck. I underwent surgery and had a metal frame bolted into my skull for three months. I don't think I realized how much this is going to affect my life yet. It's only been nine months and I'm still living on the adrenaline of having survived. I don't want to know what kind of downward spiral I'd go into if I lost my voice. I think if I'd never been able to sing again, God would have had to help me find a new reason to live. In the past I've said I'd kill myself, but I don't think I would now.

TR: When you got injured, did you think of giving up making the album?
DB: I'm enjoying growing up; I'm enjoying the phases of my life. I'm enjoying the second album that's really so amazing for me. Because I looked at the songs I'd had and I looked at how much energy I had within me and I thought there's no way I'm ever going to make this album. I just don't know, it's going to be a flop. And then I had the crash and it gave me all this energy and I had so much juice to spend.

TR: Tell us more about the inception of this album?
DB: While I was sitting in the car, I began to write a song called I'm Not Dead, which is at the end of the album, it's a hidden track. (Sings) 'I didn't die, I'm still alive/ I'm not dead.' For me, it's a snapshot - this is exactly what I felt like, stuck in my head-brace, still alive. I'm moving, I can feel my fingers, and I can taste my own skin.

TR: Tell us something about the songs on the album?
DB: I won't tell you about all the songs but I'll just pick - Growing Up. It's a really angry rant at adults. I'm 24, but I don't see myself as an adult.

TR: What have you added in this new album which you had not on your first album?
DB: Drums were very, very important to this album. They provide a lot of the rock, the bass stability of it. We tried to keep things as live as possible so we had lots of live bass playing and even if we were using samples and synths, we'd play them live, trying to fuse certain elements of rock and hip hop and mix it all together. Because I had a producer - I was a co-producer - it ended up not being exactly how I heard it. But what I did hear I liked more than what I'd heard originally so I just left it.

TR: Why did you name the album Second First Impression?
DB: I don't think it's possible to actually make a second first impression. The idea came when I met this girl, when I was 16. She was really nice and I was a complete idiot and it was very embarrassing. I met her again when she was about 24 and I was like, 'Can we just kind of do it all over again and just pretend that you don't know me from then, 'cos I'm not the same guy?

TR: What is your favourite song on the album?
DB: My favourite song is The Way I Like It because it's a coming of age song, a loss of innocence song - a rant against my own heart, a rant against the stability that I thought was inherent within my nature. I thought that if I said 'I love you' to a woman, it really meant something - that the whole universe shook with the ferocity of my love and it was true and pure.

You can read the rest of our exclusive with Daniel Bedingfield in the February 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.

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