Name: Daniel Firth
Place of residence: Glasgow, Scotland
Hobbies: Apart from all things musical, I also enjoy reading, writing, playing football, home brewing and hill walking.
Musical background: I had been playing electric guitar for about ten years before I picked up the bass and found it was well-suited to my style. I began playing in a local Misfits tribute band, devoting a good chunk of my free time to the instrument, before being offered to play for Scottish extreme metal band Man Must Die. After a recording session with MMD at Scott Atkins’ Grindstone Studios I became known to Cradle and got involved with them on ‘The Manticore and Other Horrors’.
Equipment: Schecter Hellraiser Extreme-5, Schecter Hellraiser-5, Overwater Custom J-Bass, Sansamp Bass Driver, Wharfedale Pro S-1500 power amp, Marshall 8x10
Idols in Music: Steve Harris, Adrian Smith, Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson, Chuck Schuldiner, Jeff Buckley, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart, Devin Townsend, Freddie Mercury, Tony Iommi, Toby Driver, Trey Azagthoth, Paul Masvidal
Best CoF show so far: Hellfest 2013 was an incredible show for me. The whole setup was fantastic and the fans were out in force, giving it their all. Being right near the end of the touring cycle, it felt like a grand finale to my first full year in the band.
Fave CoF songs to perform: Born in a Burial Gown, Summer Dying Fast, Funeral in Carpathia
How do you kill time on tour: I read a lot, do some writing and often explore the local surroundings, especially if there’s a nice hill or forest nearby.
Strangest experience on tour: Probably passing out during a border crossing, hung-over, whilst trying to get through with no passport, then being revived with toast. There have already been a lot of strange experiences during my short time on tour so far though!
Place you would like to visit, but haven't: Japan, The Faroe Islands, New Zealand
Your fave bands: Iron Maiden, Death, Rush, Cynic, Lykathea Aflame, Devin Townsend, Sodom, Kreator, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Jeff Buckley, Judas Priest, Manilla Road, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Idlewild, Immolation, Napalm Death, Carcass, Queen, Running Wild, Sepultura, Savatage, Boards of Canada, Nick Drake, Rage, Maudlin of the Well
Fave food/drink: Cheese, steak, mince and clapshot, tea, ale, whisky
Favourite authors: Iain (M.) Banks, Wilbur Smith, Isaac Asimov, Clive Barker, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur C. Clarke
Eleven favourite albums:
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Jeff Buckley – Grace
Cynic – Focus
Lykathea Aflame – Elvenefris
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Idlewild – 100 Broken Windows
Death – Human
Strapping Young Lad - City
Suffocation - Human Waste
Dream Theater – Images and Words
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Message to the fans: Thanks for welcoming me into the fold, I hope to do you all proud. See you on tour!
Daniel Firth uses Schecter guitars and Rotosound strings