Craig David: 'I needed a break'
Craig David needed a break from the music industry.
The 35-year-old singer/songwriter has returned with new track 'One More Time' but admitted that he previously stepped away from the music industry and moved to Miami because he was burnt out from the relentless process of recording and promoting his music.
He explained: "I started [making music] at 16 [he explains of the decision]. You start to realise that the process becomes a routine - you finish an album, then go out and tour the album, do promotion for the album and then you're thinking about the next album. you just keep going, and you're sort of like, 'Going where?' So Miami was a beautiful period of time just to enjoy living."
However, Craig is thrilled to be back and attracting new fans, who weren't around when he first started releasing music almost 20 years ago.
He told ES Magazine: "When I look at my Instagram there's 13-year-old kids saying 'Have you heard of this guy Craig David?' That's cool to me. If I'm brand new to you, that's wonderful. And then you've got people who grew up with my music who are like, 'oh man, this is giving us the feel of when we were in our 20s going out raving'. So you've got this beautiful thing where two generations are connecting."
And Craig is thrilled to have made his comeback at what he calls "an exciting time" for music.
He said: "It's almost as if the baton was passed from garage to grime because garage became over-saturated. There was so much stuff going on that the grime scene sort of went underground. Now it's starting to get more commercial success - just seeing names like Stormzy and Skepta getting recognised by American artists that are coming over; the whole Boy Better Know crew coming through. It's an exciting time."
The full interview appears in this week's issue of ES Magazine, out Thursday (26.05.16).