Yes, he hangs tough on songs like ‘Cigarettes’ (‘I wasn’t gonna start that fight/But they pushed me way too far’), but in the next breath he’s extolling Carlos Castaneda’s classic of hippie wisdom The Teachings of Don Juan, and his loved-up status with his girlfriend.No wonder a friend has described Daniel as ‘part brickie, part philosopher’.‘There really are two sides to me,’ he concurs in his Aussie brogue, as our cabbie Tim takes us to the West End. My mum’s lot are working-class – my granddad was a boxer and fireman, a real man’s man – while my dad’s parents were missionaries, and he grew up with a tribe in Papua New Guinea.
Yes, he’s got a small scar on his face, from a teenage scrap outside a club when ‘I was hanging out with lots of bad guys and almost went to prison for assault’, but it only serves to highlight the mainly cherubic cast of his features.
Yes, he has a fearsome-looking tattoo on his right arm, but it actually reads ‘For love or money’ in Latin.
which led to work with Mark Ronson, a United Kingdom DJ and guitarist, on the latter's debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz, ("She's Got Me" and "NYC Rules") in September 2003.
Merriweather signed with Ronson's label, Allido Records, and worked on his debut solo single, "City Rules", as a revised version of "NYC Rules".
At times, even when I’m songwriting, I’ll feel both influences – anger on one side and reason and sensitivity on the other.’ He grins.