We wanted to return to the beginnings of Daffodils and even further back to understand where Salmon and the band came from. They formed in 2016 to compete in Rockquest but most of the members have a long history with Salmon knowing bass player Louis Graham since they were five years old, before they started a band at intermediate school with drummer Isaac Keating. This continued on and off for a couple of years, before Salmon met Jade Bryham in 2015 at a The 1975 concert and forming Daffodils.
“So I guess me and Louis and Isaac were all comfortable playing together already, which probably helped quite a lot – gave us a bit of an advantage.” Salmon says “the first song we wrote together was that year , then the second one we wrote was ‘Two Angels’, which sounded a lot different than it does now. So we’ve been together for almost 5 years now.”
For Salmon, his own musical journey started in primary school after his father gave him “a little nylon string acoustic” guitar to strum along to aged five. But it was not until two years later aged seven that his life changed and he started taking guitar seriously. He says “I got this really great guitar teacher through Lewis Eady at primary school. He was dope. His name was Jordy, and he just taught me whatever I felt like I wanted to learn at the time. Especially when you’re that young as well, if it feels like schoolwork you just don’t want to do it. So that beginning process of just learning songs that I like. At the time it was just Green Day and ACDC and that classic kind of stuff that kids learn on guitar. Once I picked it up from there, it was maybe a year of ‘oh I’m not sure if this is my thing’ and then suddenly that was all I wanted to do.”
I haven’t had a lesson from him since Year 11 or something. He was my teacher for a long time, like 9 years or something.”
“It was really cool having such an encouraging teacher too” Salmon says, before heading off after our interview to teach kids guitar himself. By taking this full circle, you suspect that his students will be thinking the same thing, learning from a real-life musician looking the part with his mullet.